BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyis becoming her own worst nightmare for re-election.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A much-anticipated fundraiser for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee was held Tuesday night at the Oakland Marriott--just a few blocks from a session of the Oakland City Council. For Oakland Council President Lynette … Continue reading BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

Former Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner,right, and Sandre Swanson in Alameda.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |Regardless of how voters split hairs between the far left ideologies of the top two candidates running for California's Senate District 9 seat — former assemblymembers Sandré Swanson and Nancy Skinner — the East Bay will most likely be sending to Sacramento … Continue reading East Bay State Senate candidate front runners dance to the left, to the left!

Ray McDonald, ex-49er on trial for sexual assault, spoke to Hayward students about self-discipline; parents upset

Former 49ers defensive end Ray McDonaldHAYWARD SCHOOLS | Hayward parents are outraged that Ray McDonald, a former San Francisco 49ers defensive end who is scheduled to go on trial next month for allegedly raping an intoxicated woman, recently spoke to 250 at-risk students at Hayward’s Tennyson High School about self-discipline.McDonald “doesn’t even know how to … Continue reading Ray McDonald, ex-49er on trial for sexual assault, spoke to Hayward students about self-discipline; parents upset

Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Assemblymember Rob Bonta unveiling legislationFriday in Oakland that supports undocumented immigrants. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Pedro Figueroa’s story is well-known in Latino communities throughout the Bay Area. In December 2014, the undocumented immigrant from El Salvador went into a San Francisco police station to report that his car was stolen. Police found a warrant for … Continue reading Bonta bill calls for transparency between ICE and local cops over deportations

Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

State Senate candidate Nancy Skinner raisedmore than $277,000 during the past six months.SD9 ALCOD4 CAMPAIGN FINANCE |Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley reported that she has nearly $1.1 million in cash reserves in her state Senate campaign account, which is more than ten times what her main opponent Sandré Swanson, has in total cash on … Continue reading Nancy Skinner nears $1.1 million in cash reserves; Nate Miley’s supervisorial campaign in the red

Alameda’s ‘Landlord-In-Chief’ could lose real estate license following complaint

ALAMEDA | Don Lindsey, who is one of Alameda’s most powerful landlords and is a leader among property owners strongly opposed to rent control on the Island, is under investigation by the California Bureau of Real Estate for alleged financial improprieties. A state investigator is accusing Lindsey of failing to provide proper accounting for various … Continue reading Alameda’s ‘Landlord-In-Chief’ could lose real estate license following complaint

With gun control laws, Oakland City Council to ring in new year without a bang

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb said part ofthe impetus for the proposed ordinances isinaction by Congress on gun control.OAKLAND | The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee on Tuesday greenlighted three gun control measures that were proposed following the massacre in San Bernardino and a rash of car burglaries in which guns were stolen. The full … Continue reading With gun control laws, Oakland City Council to ring in new year without a bang

Alameda City Council may strike exploited loophole from rent moratorium

Renters at Bay View Apartments in Alameda last Saturday. Earlier this month, its new owners issued a 60-day eviction notice.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | A loophole in Alameda’s recently passed 65-day moratorium on rent hikes and evictions was quickly exploited by at least one landlord to evict 33 families from their apartments. As a result, the Alameda City Council … Continue reading Alameda City Council may strike exploited loophole from rent moratorium

Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

Report says A's owners are looking at other sitesin Oakland. Could Howard Terminal be on the list?OAKLAND | STADIUMS | In a lengthy statement released Friday afternoon, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pushed back against a news report suggesting that she is reversing a long-standing position against using taxpayer money to build a new stadium for … Continue reading Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year

After initial reservations, Oakland CouncilmemberNoel Gallo says he's now in it to win it in 2016.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | 2016 | One of the oddest pieces of political chatter over the past few months in Oakland went like this: Councilmember Noel Gallo was planning to quit after just one term in office. The rumor, no … Continue reading Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year

Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Jean Quan, right, as a council member in 2011at a protest for Oscar Grant. Insiders says she'sthinking about a return to the council in 2016.OAKLAND | 2016 | Granted, it's early. But Oakland's 2016 election season is quietly taking shape and surprisingly loaded with intrigue, including the possible return of ex-Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to … Continue reading Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Wilma Chan bows out state senate race

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said she did not believes her campaign could raise theneeded $1.6 million in SD9.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Alameda County Supervisor Wilma is abandoning her bid for next year’s open state Senate race in the East Bay’s Ninth District. Chan cited a struggle to raise what she believes is the requisite … Continue reading Wilma Chan bows out state senate race

Hayward school board acknowledges altercation with superintendent;makes no move on his fate

HAYWARD SCHOOLS | Four members of the Hayward school board publicly acknowledged at special meeting Thursday night that Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs allegedly berated and cursed the board in a closed session meeting on September 16 and then made physical contact with at least one of the boardmembers. The board, however, following a two-hour closed … Continue reading Hayward school board acknowledges altercation with superintendent;makes no move on his fate

Proposed term limits initiative for Alameda County supervisors is withdrawn

Alameda County supervisors with the NBA titletrophy at a board meeting last June.ALAMEDA COUNTY | The leader of an effort to establish term limits for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors says he is withdrawing the initiative because his involvement in the campaign has become its focus.Long-time East Bay Municipal Utilities District Board Director Frank … Continue reading Proposed term limits initiative for Alameda County supervisors is withdrawn

San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative

Harborside founder Steve DeAngelo was disparagedduring Tuesday night's council meeting.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The long road toward medical cannabis in San Leandro ended after the city council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a permit for Oakland-based Harborside to become the city’s first-ever dispensary. In addition to the approval, the council also voiced strong support … Continue reading San Leandro unanimously approves first dispensary; angles for pot tax initiative