Alameda Point’s 800-unit residential, mixed-use project faces financial setback

A 2015 rendering of Alameda Point's "Site A"featuring Seaplane Lagoon.ALAMEDAThe develpers of the Alameda Point parcel known as “Site A” failed to complete a financing plan for the project before a deadline last week, due to growing construction costs.Alameda officials and the project’s developer, Alameda Point Partners, downplayed the setback, which also precluded the property … Continue reading Alameda Point’s 800-unit residential, mixed-use project faces financial setback

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

Ron Cowan, Alameda mover and shaker, Harbor Bay developer, dies.

Harbor Bay Isle developer, Ron Cowan, passed away Jan. 11.APPRECIATION | In 2014, I was commissioned to write a short history of Ron Cowan's life and the building of Alameda's Harbor Bay Isle. Cowan passed away on Jan. 11, at age 82. Over the span of nine months, I listened to hours of stories about his … Continue reading Ron Cowan, Alameda mover and shaker, Harbor Bay developer, dies.

Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Fremont Councilmember Lily Mei registered oneof the biggest electoral upsets in the East Bay.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |Using a deft campaign to highlight growing unease over development and traffic, Councilmember Lily Mei is Fremont's next mayor. She becomes the city's first female mayor and the first Asian American to attain the office.Although some ballots … Continue reading Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison is facing a challenge from first-term Councilmember Lily Mei.MEET THE CANDIDATESFremont Mayor BILL HARRISON was elected four years ago in a tough three-way race with Republican Steve Cho and his then-City Council colleague Anu Natarajan. The choices fractured the electorate in three-ways with Harrison coming out on top. Economic growth over … Continue reading FREMONT MAYOR PREVIEW: Councilmember mounts a mayoral challenge to the status quo

Nevada state Senate approves Raiders stadium package

RAIDERS | The notion of the Las Vegas Raiders gain a few yards toward the goal line Tuesday night. The Nevada state Senate approved tax legislation that includes financing for a new $1.9 billion stadium that one day might house the vagabond NFL team.Nevada state senators approved the $750 million financing bill, 16-5. A two-thirds … Continue reading Nevada state Senate approves Raiders stadium package

Harbor Bay residents declare victory after Alameda council rebuffs developer’s plan

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | A long-simmering dispute among Bay Farm residents in Alameda and the developer of the Harbor Bay Isle development was made clearer Wednesday when the City Council reaffirmed its existing general plan; boosting the argument of residents and blocking for now any new homes on the waterfront property now featuring an aging … Continue reading Harbor Bay residents declare victory after Alameda council rebuffs developer’s plan

UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside

John Russo begins his new job as Riversidecity manager in May.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda City Manager John Russo is leaving his post on the Island for the same position in Riverside, according to a local report Thursday afternoon. Russo, who also served on the Oakland City Council and eleven years as Oakland’s city attorney, … Continue reading UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside

Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races

ALAMEDA | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL |Alameda's decade-long debate over development — especially the development of Alameda Point — is turning out to be the dominant issue in the city's mayoral and council races this fall. And voters' views on the Point — whether they want to develop it with new homes and businesses or … Continue reading Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races

Familiar Tri Valley Interests Fund Leading Republican In Pleasanton Council Race

Kathy NarumPLEASANTON//SPECIAL COUNCIL ELECTION | When it comes to savvy developers in the Tri Valley, throw a rock in the air and you’ll assuredly hit a politician freely taking their campaign contributions. Developer's money is the coin of the realm in places like Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon and Pleasanton is no different, especially when a … Continue reading Familiar Tri Valley Interests Fund Leading Republican In Pleasanton Council Race