Judge tells Berkeley to quit with excuses, orders search for homeless shelters

BERKELEYA federal judge strongly admonished the City of Berkeley Tuesday for its lack of specificity when it comes to finding shelter for its homeless population.U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruling in a lawsuit by a group forced to leave land owned by BART for , ordered the city to come up with a plan to … Continue reading Judge tells Berkeley to quit with excuses, orders search for homeless shelters

Watch what you say: Plainclothes Alameda cops monitored renters during council meeting

Interim Alameda City Manager Liz Warmerdammade the initial call for plainclothes cops to monitor the Jan. 5 council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | As renters and landlords filed through the large foyer leading into Alameda's Kofman Auditorium on January 5 to watch the Alameda City Council's latest attempt to address the growing problem of rising rents and … Continue reading Watch what you say: Plainclothes Alameda cops monitored renters during council meeting

Schaaf signs on to Progressive Agenda

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in background,at Tuesday's unveiling of the Progressive Agendain Washington, D.C. PHOTO/Progressive CaucusOAKLAND | Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined Rep. Barbara Lee as signers Tuesday to the Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.The platform unveiled at a press conference in Washington, D.C. attended by Schaaf, Lee and other progressive leaders, such as … Continue reading Schaaf signs on to Progressive Agenda

EBC Year-In-Review, Jan-Mar: Primary Races Heat Up; DAC Is Dumped

JANUARYDan Siegel>>>With Bryan Parker, Joe Tuman and Libby Schaaf already in the race, civil right attorney Dan Siegel announces his candidacy for Oakland mayor while pledging to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and end the city’s proposed surveillance hub. The former soon to become a major electoral success for workers in the … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Jan-Mar: Primary Races Heat Up; DAC Is Dumped

OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.MEET THE CANDIDATES This time four years ago, Jean Quan was viewed as the underdog to Don Perata. She erased a nine-point margin after the first round of the ranked choice voting race to upend the former State Senate pro tem. Mayor Quan … Continue reading OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

How Much Campaign Cash is Flowing From Outside Oakland? Don’t Bother. The Candidates Won’t Know

Oakland mayoral candidates at forum in May.OAKLAND | MAYOR | An excellent source for tracking the influence of money in Oakland’s mayoral race came online last month allowing voters to easily view the amount of campaign contributions each of the 15 candidates for mayor, along with where the money is flowing from in Oakland and … Continue reading How Much Campaign Cash is Flowing From Outside Oakland? Don’t Bother. The Candidates Won’t Know

From Kaplan to Ruby, Who is Running the Best Campaigns for Oakland Mayor?

Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel is a progressive darling, but his message may not be resonating among all voters. However, even if unsuccessful, his campaign has brought change. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | In an interview last week, Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker reacted to polling that placed Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan as the frontrunner in the … Continue reading From Kaplan to Ruby, Who is Running the Best Campaigns for Oakland Mayor?

Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

Over a year ago, news reports and various pundits attached words like “epic” and “grudge match” to the 17th Congressional District race between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna. On the heels of Eric Swalwell’s intra-party upset of Pete Stark and a vastly superior campaign war chest, the early romance with Khanna appeared warranted. Then … Continue reading Is Khanna’s Political Consultant Taking Him For A Ride?

A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Haggerty Slams Quan | Another Schaaf, Parker Connection | Talking Sh*t at Oro Loma | Siegel SingsWhen A’s co-owner Lew Wolff arrived at the Aug. 6 Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting approving the team's lease extension, one of the first people he saw was Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Wolff then offered a hearty congratulatory embrace. … Continue reading A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Will She or Won’t She? Time is Running Out for Kaplan to Run for Mayor

Honda-Khanna: Friends for Now | Big News in San Leandro? | Quan: Huh? What?CHAPTER 14 | The number of candidates hoping to be the next mayor of Oakland has reached 17, but the potential eighteenth entrant could have the most impact. That is, if she ever makes the eagerly-awaiting decision to jump into the race.Will … Continue reading Will She or Won’t She? Time is Running Out for Kaplan to Run for Mayor

Oakland Mayoral Challengers Debate Crime, Need for More Officers

Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman addresses voters during a candidate's forum Wednesday at Laney College. PHOTO/STEVEN TAVARESOAKLAND | MAYOR | Ten of the 17 current candidates for the Oakland mayoral race met at Laney College this week. Mayor Jean Quan and Councilmember Libby Schaaf made brief appearances before leaving for previous engagements. The absence of … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Challengers Debate Crime, Need for More Officers

Oakland Councilman’s $10.20 Minimum Wage Ordinance Held in Committee

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | An Oakland City Council ordinance that would enact a citywide minimum wage of $10.20 was held in committee Tuesday while staff continues to study the issue. Meanwhile, a potential local initiative for the November ballot to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 per hour continues to gain steam. The proposed ordinance … Continue reading Oakland Councilman’s $10.20 Minimum Wage Ordinance Held in Committee

Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety

A full house at Oakland's Temple Sinai Thursday night listened as nine of the city's mayoral candidates discuss a single issue--public safety. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Public safety, the likely signature issue of this year's Oakland mayoral election, received its very own candidate's forum Thursday night. Nine of the expansive list of challengers to … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety

Hayward Councilmember Mendall Advocates for Raising Minimum Wage

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall, right,wants Alameda County or Hayward to raisethe local minimum wage to $12 or $15. PHOTO/Steven TavaresHAYWARD | MINIMUM WAGE | There is a growing push in the East Bay calling for a steep bump in the minimum wage. Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall added his name to the list while admonishing the paltry … Continue reading Hayward Councilmember Mendall Advocates for Raising Minimum Wage

Richmond May Ask Voters To Significantly Increase Minimum Wage

RICHMOND | MINIMUM WAGE | An Oakland mayoral candidate has an idea to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15. The Richmond City Council is way ahead on that front. On Tuesday, it will discuss a resolution potentially giving voters the opportunity next November to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15 per … Continue reading Richmond May Ask Voters To Significantly Increase Minimum Wage