Hayward to give $500 to residents ineligible for unemployment benefits

Hayward residents who are not able to access unemployment benefits can apply for a $500 grant from the city's relief fund. The Hayward City Council approved the grants Tuesday night as part of a $400,000 total allocation to the Hayward Community Relief Fund, which was formed recently to aid residents and small businesses left increasingly … Continue reading Hayward to give $500 to residents ineligible for unemployment benefits

Alameda County braces to learn the damage covid-19 has done to its budget

The forecast for Alameda County's short-term fiscal health will come into focus this week and it could be sobering news for those who depend greatly on the county's safety net services. County supervisors will learn at a budget workshop session on Thursday the extent of the damage caused by covid-19 on the local economy. Last … Continue reading Alameda County braces to learn the damage covid-19 has done to its budget

Skinner on covid-19 priorities

Low-income people will be most hurt by the economy and most hurt by the virus. We need to make them a priority.-State Sen. Nancy Skinner at a town hall this month with Assemblymember Rob Bonta.

San Leandro covid-19 testing site in doubt

A potential free testing site in San Leandro is facing some hurdles. Eden Health District officials broached the idea of working with the Alameda County Fire Department to set up a free testing site in San Leandro similar to one created last month in Hayward by the Hayward Fire Department. "We understand the need is … Continue reading San Leandro covid-19 testing site in doubt

Chan on shelter in place

Until there is medical science that can cure the cases, I think this will continue for awhile.-Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said last week when asked about the duration of the county's shelter in place order.

Covid-19 is hitting unincorporated Alameda County hard and local MACs haven’t met since pandemic started

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County often describe a sense of being an afterthought for county leaders. The resentment was furthered this month when some in unincorporated areas called for Alameda County health officials to provide detailed information about the number of confirmed covid-19 cases and deaths in their areas. Without specific information, … Continue reading Covid-19 is hitting unincorporated Alameda County hard and local MACs haven’t met since pandemic started

East Bay park district defies Fremont’s wishes; Mission Peak entrance to reopen in two weeks

The staging area that leads to the popular Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont will stay closed through May 4 while East Bay Regional Park District workers clean up garbage and a bathroom left ransacked by residents escaping home confinement due to covid-19. Robert Doyle, general manager for the East Bay Regional Park District, made … Continue reading East Bay park district defies Fremont’s wishes; Mission Peak entrance to reopen in two weeks

Countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions now includes all evictions

A countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors last month now covers all types of evictions. The amended ordinance, unanimously approved on Tuesday afternoon, will remain for the next 90 days. Alameda County renters unable to pay rent during this time will have 12 months to repay landlords. Renters, … Continue reading Countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions now includes all evictions

Alameda: Oddie says plan to delay minimum wage is a ‘colossal f–k you’ to low-wage workers

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie is upset about a proposal to delay an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for up to one year because of the impacts of covid-19. The city council will discuss the proposal at the April 21 meeting. Two weeks ago, Hayward officials voted to delay their own … Continue reading Alameda: Oddie says plan to delay minimum wage is a ‘colossal f–k you’ to low-wage workers

Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Alameda County now tops 1,000, according to the Alameda County Public Health Office. Alameda County has 1,007 confirmed cases of covid-19, along with 39 deaths, according to the county's covid-19 statistics released on Thursday morning. (See below: Covid-19 cases by Alameda County city.) Oakland, with 242 confirmed … Continue reading Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

Alameda County sporting events not likely to happen until later this year

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said sports fans in the county and Bay Area should not expect to be attending sporting events anytime soon. "I don't think we're going to be going to football games or Warriors games in the near future," Chan said on Monday, during a telephone town hall with Assemblymember Rob Bonta … Continue reading Alameda County sporting events not likely to happen until later this year

10th resident to die from covid-19 at Hayward nursing home is Union City councilman’s grandmother

The grandmother of Union City Councilmember Jaime Patiño died from covid-19 on Monday night, he announced. "Grandma Emma Patiño's journey on this Earth ended and she went to Heaven to be with the Lord. No more suffering. No more worries. No more pain," Patiño wrote on Facebook. "My grandma was a beautiful, hard working woman … Continue reading 10th resident to die from covid-19 at Hayward nursing home is Union City councilman’s grandmother

Union City councilman’s grandmother has covid-19

Union City Councilmember Jaime Patiño's 85-year-old grandmother is infected with covid-19, he told constituents in a Facebook Live video on Saturday morning. Patiño's grandmother is a resident at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, which is the site of what is believed to be Alameda County's largest outbreak of covid-19. Seven residents at … Continue reading Union City councilman’s grandmother has covid-19

Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

Alameda city staff is proposing a delay in raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for one year due to the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic on local businesses. The move would follow Hayward, which voted last Tuesday to put its minimum wage increase on pause for six months. In October 2018, the … Continue reading Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

Hayward officials ‘regrettably’ delay minimum wage increase for six months

Workers earning a minimum wage in Hayward will not receive a previously promised $2 an hour raise for, at least, another six months, the Hayward City Council decided on Tuesday. A majority of the council, some voicing regret for delaying the scheduled increase from July 1 to Jan. 1, 2021, made the decision in order … Continue reading Hayward officials ‘regrettably’ delay minimum wage increase for six months