2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Jan-Mar: Battle of Berkeley

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSEast Bay residents didn't exactly head into the new year with hopes of prosperity and self-renewal. President-Elect Donald Trump's shadow was already darkening every door in the East Bay, especially those griped with fear in our large and diverse immigrants communities. In fact, Trump did not only overshadow every story … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Jan-Mar: Battle of Berkeley

Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon said lastweek that a city rent board ordinance will donothing for renters. He supports rent control.FREMONT CITY COUNCIL--PUBLIC COMMENT--Appointed Fremont Councilmember David Bonaccorsi hid behind modest change while striking populist tones. His collegaues on the council meanwhile merely acknowledged the problems associated with rising rents before supporting the creation of five-member … Continue reading Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont's potential move from at-large to district-based elections represents the most stunning change to how the city chooses its elected leaders since its founding, said Fremont City Attorney Harvey Levine. The switch is also occurring at "lightning speed," he added during testimony before the Fremont City Council on Tuesday night.With the type of … Continue reading With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie BaconFREMONT CITY COUNCIL |When Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon appeared to be gloating last week about the city's most recent electoral results that flew under the banner of an insurgent call for slow-growth, Councilmember Raj Salwan couldn’t take it anymore and he may have been voicing the complaints of many Alameda County Democrats.“This … Continue reading For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Appointed Fremont Councilmember -elect David Bonaccorsi will be sworn-in on Feb. 7. FREMONT CITY COUNCIL |Before taking a vote on choosing its next member, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon mildly joked about flipping a coin in case of a tie among any one of the eight applicants seeking an appointment to the City Council. It almost happened.After a first-round … Continue reading Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council pares lengthy list of possible council appointees down to 8

Fremont Planning Commissioner Roman Reedis one of eight possible candidates to fill MayorLily Mei's council term. FREMONT CITY COUNCIL |Twenty-seven Fremont residents applied to fill out the remaining two years of Lily Mei’s council term, following her election to mayor in November. On Tuesday night, the number was narrowed by the Fremont City Council to eight … Continue reading Fremont City Council pares lengthy list of possible council appointees down to 8