Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

There were no funny road signs at City Hall whena picketing city employee was nearly run over.HAYWARD | The new road signs around Cal State East Bay in Hayward are bringing loads of positive attention to the often overlooked and self-described “heart of the bay.”Not only did the local press eat up the new signs … Continue reading Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Gov. Jerry Brown's fourth and last term as California's governor begins today. Brown was sworn-in to office Monday morning and quickly offered an ambitious vision for continuing to wean the state off carbon-based fuels. From the Los Angeles Times:By 2030, Brown wants California to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from the … Continue reading Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Council Candidate Tells LGBT Group He’ll Bring Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 6 | Michael Johnson's campaign conceit in Oakland's City Council District 6 race is the 12-year incumbent Desley Brooks has not brought economic vitality to East Oakland. Johnson's jabs at Brooks on the issue have been consistent, maybe too consistent.During an endorsement meeting for the East Bay Stonewall Democratic … Continue reading Council Candidate Tells LGBT Group He’ll Bring Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward has two competing but inextricably related problems. One, is a long-held public perception the city is anti-development and, second, it's a bear for small businesses to set up shop making it difficult for Hayward to create new revenues streams. Meanwhile, the entire council, including three running to replace Mayor Michael … Continue reading Hayward Mayoral Candidates Explore City’s Budget Dilemma

Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivered her lastState of the City Thursday night beforefacing re-election later this year.OAKLAND | STATE OF THE CITY | Oakland Mayor Jean Quan state of the city highlighted a city hoping to parlay a new sense of economic vitality into alleviating chronic crime, unemployment, academic deficiencies and gentrification. Thursday night’s annual address … Continue reading Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Political News Stories

Replica of a drone sought by the Alameda County Sheriff in Feb. PHOTO/Shane Bond1. Public privacy under siege>>> The potent issue of government infringement on public privacy through technology was barely on the national radar a year ago and non-existent in the Bay Area. Public officials in Oakland did not see it coming and when the citywide … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Political News Stories

San Leandro Mayor Delivers A More Upbeat State Of The City Address

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, Mar. 28, at the annual State of the City address.PHOTO/Shane BondSAN LEANDRO | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy’s State of the City Address departed from last year’s grim outlook for the city and made an effort to focus on positive aspects of the city’s developments with Lit San Leandro and … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Delivers A More Upbeat State Of The City Address

Budget Issues In San Leandro Stymie Implementation Of Climate Action Plan

CO2 levels in San Leandro havedropped by 8.2 percent since 2009.SAN LEANDRO | The city's three-year-old climate action plan may not reach its goal of reducing emissions in San Leandro before its 2020 target date following years of tight budget cuts leaving the program underfunded.The City of San Leandro’s climate action plan update this week detailed a less than … Continue reading Budget Issues In San Leandro Stymie Implementation Of Climate Action Plan

Swalwell Hosts First Town Hall Meetings

PHOTO/Joseph Geha CONGRESS | “It’s good to be home,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, addressing nearly 100 residents in Hayward Saturday attending his first day of town hall meetings. “I grew up in this area, I know it really well, and I think my most important responsibility is to update you, to inform you, and most importantly … Continue reading Swalwell Hosts First Town Hall Meetings

Mayor To Hayward: With Better Schools, Your Home Could Be Worth $100k More!

HAYWARD | Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney says the city is going nowhere fast unless it improves its consistently flagging schools.“We’re at the bottom,” said Sweeney, while pointing to a chart before residents Wednesday at a neighborhood state of the city address. “We’re the lowest performing school in Alameda County. Take a long look at that. … Continue reading Mayor To Hayward: With Better Schools, Your Home Could Be Worth $100k More!

Stark Urges USOC To Manufacture Olympic Uniforms In The U.S.; Not China

CONGRESS | Rep. Pete Stark is leading a bipartisan call for the U.S. Olympic Committee to use American textile workers to manufacture the uniforms its 530 athletes will wear during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games on July 27.In a letter to the USOC Tuesday, Stark and 58 other members of Congress urged … Continue reading Stark Urges USOC To Manufacture Olympic Uniforms In The U.S.; Not China

Stark, Lee Laud Supreme Court Decision Upholding Obamacare, Skewer GOP

CONGRESS//HEALTHCARE | The East Bay's two progressive congressional Democrats applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday mostly affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Reps. Pete Stark and Barbara Lee called the narrow 5-4 decision a "victory" for all Americans."Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the health reform … Continue reading Stark, Lee Laud Supreme Court Decision Upholding Obamacare, Skewer GOP

Hayward Erases Much Of Its Budget Deficit With Help From City Employees

HAYWARD//CITY COUNCILMay 15, 2012 | Hayward’s $14 million budget shortfall became much more manageable last week after its city employees agreed to salary cuts that will lower the funding gap to $4.5 million. The City Council will discuss erasing the remaining amount through additional fees and further cuts.City Manager Fran David called the sometimes contentious … Continue reading Hayward Erases Much Of Its Budget Deficit With Help From City Employees

May Revise Will Impact Alameda County’s $88 Million Budget Shortfall

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BOS ROUNDUPMay 15, 2012 | These were already tough times even before more sobering news came Monday that Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revise will raise the state’s budget deficit to nearly $16 billion. Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson says there will likely be “additional impacts to the county budget,” as well. The county is … Continue reading May Revise Will Impact Alameda County’s $88 Million Budget Shortfall

Alameda County’s $88 Million Funding Gap Is Lowest In Four Years

ALAMEDA COUNTYApril 19, 2012 | Alameda County officials are preparing for another round of excruciating cuts to programs and services after the announcement Wednesday its $2.5 billion budget has a funding gap of $88.1 million for the next fiscal year--the lowest in four years.Although the hefty figure and the cuts potentially necessitated by the shortfall spell increased … Continue reading Alameda County’s $88 Million Funding Gap Is Lowest In Four Years