EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015

JANUARYOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks at herJan. 5 inauguration ceremony. PHOTO/EBAR>>>The new legislative year begins with rounds of swearing-in ceremonies and appointments. Libby Schaaf, fresh off her dominating mayoral win last November in Oakland, is sworn-in. Gov. Jerry Brown, the person many attribute for clinching Schaaf's victory, also takes the oath of office for another … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015

Oakland looking at ‘three-pronged path’ for new Raiders, Athletics stadiums

COLISEUM | With a Friday deadline for Coliseum City developer Floyd Kephart to present his final financial proposal to city and county leaders, Oakland’s point-person on the project, Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio signaled today that other options are also being pursued for stadiums to house the Raiders and Athletics. “We’re still working on what … Continue reading Oakland looking at ‘three-pronged path’ for new Raiders, Athletics stadiums

Mayor leading effort to bring Raiders to Carson is accused of sexual harrasment

Carson Mayor Albert Robles' attorney believesthe lawsuit is timed to thwart the city's effort tolure the Raiders and Chargers to a new stadium.RAIDERS | In his bid to lure the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers from their home cities for a proposed $1.7 billion stadium in the Southern California city of Carson, Mayor Albert … Continue reading Mayor leading effort to bring Raiders to Carson is accused of sexual harrasment

Supervisor Nate Miley on Raiders staying in Oakland: ‘I’m not real confident’

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley says hebelieves the NFL is playing cities against each other.RAIDERS | Alameda County Supervisor Nate told a Southern California radio station Thursday that he is skeptical Oakland can hold on to the Raiders.“I hope that we can keep the Raiders,” said Miley, “but I’m not real confident.”Miley told KFBW that … Continue reading Supervisor Nate Miley on Raiders staying in Oakland: ‘I’m not real confident’

Oakland City Council moves the ball forward; approves Coliseum City EIR

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan lastweek with caps representing the two of the city'ssports franchises PHOTO/KaplanOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The land at the current Coliseum complex just became fertile ground for possible news homes somewhere down the line, not just for the Oakland Raiders and Athletics, but also thousands of Bay Area residents.The Oakland City Council … Continue reading Oakland City Council moves the ball forward; approves Coliseum City EIR

County joins Coliseum ENA, but warn against use of public money

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | If last Friday’s approval by the Oakland City Council of a new exclusive negotiating agreement with Alameda County and the Coliseum City developer felt like politicians spiking the ball, then today's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting brought the fiscal uncertainty of the sprawling project back to reality. No public … Continue reading County joins Coliseum ENA, but warn against use of public money

ON THE AGENDA: Oakland discusses ordinance on dept of race; improving police recruitment

Councilmember Noel Gallo wants to reaffirm all complaints against OPD be heard by theCitizens' Police Review Board.Oakland City Council Committees1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, first floorTuesday, Mar. 24, 2015, starts at 9:30 a.m.Twitter hashtag: #oakmtgFINANCE & MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE A rather large agenda (11 items) features Oracle Arena debt and the onset of labor negotiations with city employee … Continue reading ON THE AGENDA: Oakland discusses ordinance on dept of race; improving police recruitment

ON THE AGENDA: Alameda County Supes tackle Coliseum City ENA; realignment

Alameda County will spend $200,000 to appraiseColiseum property if it becomes Coliseum City.Alameda County Board of Supervisors Meeting1221 Oak Street, Oakland, Calif.Tuesday, Mar. 24, 10:45 a.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #alcomtgCOLISEUM CITY ENA Item 51: The Oakland City Council already approved last week the six month extension of a Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Coliseum City developer … Continue reading ON THE AGENDA: Alameda County Supes tackle Coliseum City ENA; realignment

Alameda County set to join ENA extension with Coliseum City developer

COLISEUM CITY | The Oakland City Council will vote on extending its current Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with the developer group seeking to build Coliseum City during a special meeting Friday morning. However, as opposed to a recent extension with the group, the new agreement now includes Alameda County.The three-party ENA will replace the current pact … Continue reading Alameda County set to join ENA extension with Coliseum City developer

Miley pushes idea of renovating Coliseum

The Coliseum, before the first renovation of thestadium in 1996.COLISEUM AUTHORITY | Over the past few weeks, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley has been quietly pushing with more frequency the idea Oakland and county officials should renovate the existing O.co Coliseum instead of building a new stadium, but few have been listening.Miley raised the issue … Continue reading Miley pushes idea of renovating Coliseum

Coliseum JPA postpones vote on Raiders lease; Miley says some public money may be used for new stadium

COLISEUM AUTHORITY | The morning after the Oakland Raiders unveiled a surprise joint proposal with the San Diego Chargers to build a stadium in Southern California, the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority (JPA) postponed a decision to approve a one-year lease extension for the team to play another season at O.co Coliseum.No official reason was … Continue reading Coliseum JPA postpones vote on Raiders lease; Miley says some public money may be used for new stadium

Report: Oakland councilmember used her office for personal gain

Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Two thousand fifteen has not been pleasant for new Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney.First, a report in January found she may have been flipping homes in her West Oakland district through her personal non-profit at the same time she was lashing out against gentrification. Her taxes … Continue reading Report: Oakland councilmember used her office for personal gain

Alameda County to enter Coliseum ENA extension talks; Raiders pushed to reject

COLISEUM CITY | The Alameda County Board of Supervisors authorized its staff Tuesday to enter negotiations to extend an exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) with the city of Oakland and the current Coliseum City developer. However, Oakland Raiders officials are not quite on board with the extension, said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.The proposed 90-day extension … Continue reading Alameda County to enter Coliseum ENA extension talks; Raiders pushed to reject

Oakland City Council to vote Tuesday on extending ENA for Coliseum development

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and leaders of the City Council expressed support for extending an exclusive negotiation agreement with the current group interested in building new stadiums for the Raiders and Athletics in Oakland. The ENA is slated to expire at the end of this month.Including in the agenda item to … Continue reading Oakland City Council to vote Tuesday on extending ENA for Coliseum development

In bid for Raiders, looks like San Antonio sees the writing on the wall

RAIDERS | It's not like anybody anywhere believes San Antonio is a legitimate option for the Oakland Raiders, but the likelihood the entire story was a ruse received some sunshine Sunday in the San Antonio Express-News.An NFL consultant told the paper what we already know: the bid is a serious long-shot. However, the city, which … Continue reading In bid for Raiders, looks like San Antonio sees the writing on the wall