Emeryville may cut out notorious license plate reader firm from city contract

A proposed parking management program in Emeryville on Tuesday night is already controversial enough. But included in the proposed contract that would bring additional metered parking to the city's business district, is a subcontract with Vigilant Solutions, a controversial data management firm that has worked in the past with the U.S. Homeland Security and the … Continue reading Emeryville may cut out notorious license plate reader firm from city contract

Emeryville to raise LGBTQ flag for itself, another for Dublin, as backlash begins

If Dublin city leaders won't recognize the LGBTQ community's steady effort for inclusiveness by raising the rainbow-striped LGBT Pride flag at their city hall, then Emeryville Councilmember John Bauters says his city will fly one for Emeryville on June 8, and another for Dublin. The Dublin City Council, last week voted down a proposal by … Continue reading Emeryville to raise LGBTQ flag for itself, another for Dublin, as backlash begins

Oakland public bank study put on hold while city passes the hat around to cannabis interests

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILDuring the Oakland City Council committee stage, at least one Oakland councilmember consistently urged stakeholders in the city's cannabis business community to fund a proposed $100,000 public bank feasibility study rather than using the depleted general fund. Councilmember Noel Gallo's idea was never elaborated upon by his colleagues until Tuesday night and the … Continue reading Oakland public bank study put on hold while city passes the hat around to cannabis interests

Hayward to form 22-person task force to combat discrimination

Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermenoraised the subject of sanctuary cities duringTusday night's council meeting.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |On the same night Alameda and Emeryville, with some urgency, declared themselves sanctuary cities, the Hayward City Council set the stage for creating an up to 22-person task force to combat discrimination in the city. One of the possible outcomes, … Continue reading Hayward to form 22-person task force to combat discrimination

Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer may kick start theminimum wage conversation on the island.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Oakland and Emeryville have moved to raise its citywide minimum wage in recent years. In addition, increases are expected soon for low-wage earners in Berkeley and San Leandro. Next up: Alameda?Mayor Trish Spencer is asking the City Council to … Continue reading Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

P.M. BRIEFING | 5.6.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, poses with law enforcement while wearing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration cap. Last week, Swalwell urged for the nomination of a "progressive" DEA administrator.¬†CA DROUGHT¬†| Jerry Brown to water tunnel critics: 'Shut up' (Sacramento Bee) Statement contrasts his very respectful-looking burgundy sweaterSD7 | Open wide: California dentists pony up … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING | 5.6.15 (POLITICIANS IN HATS WEEK)

Schaaf chooses Emeryville’s Landreth to lead Oakland city government

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland had to only look across its border to find its next city administrator as Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the hiring of Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth late Friday.Landreth is a native of Oakland and Cal graduate. She also served as Oakland's assistant city administrator budget director under former Mayor Jean … Continue reading Schaaf chooses Emeryville’s Landreth to lead Oakland city government