Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Alameda County District Attorney NancyO'Malley speaking at the San LeandroDemocratic Club in February.ALAMEDA COUNTY DA--ELECTION 2018--Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley says her re-election campaign will return contributions from a well-known Tri-Valley developer who was indicted last August for violating federal election campaign finance laws and, prior to that, was ordered to pay $650,000 in … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley says she’ll return donations from Tri-Valley developer indicted on federal campaign finance charges

Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanat Standing Rock in late November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLast November, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan braved blisteringly cold weather to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The project along with the Keystone XL pipeline, another project strongly opposed by environmentalists, was subsequently blocked by President Obama, only to be set back in motion Tuesday … Continue reading Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

An idea for combating sea level rise at the Hayward Shoreline and beyond

Assemblymember Bill Quirk's involvement with the Oro Loma ecotone project goes back to his time as a Hayward council member. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresENVIRONMENT | Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk understood a rise in sea levels was impending way back in the 1970s. As a scientist at NASA's Goodard Institute of Space in New York City, Quirk built … Continue reading An idea for combating sea level rise at the Hayward Shoreline and beyond

Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Nancy Skinner, right, is a likely candidate forthe 9th State Senate District in 2016, as is Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, right.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has something to do while she contemplates a likely run for the State Senate next year. The termed out legislator was named a senior policy fellow … Continue reading Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

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

Blowing Hot Air into the Atmosphere

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Climate change is a very real problem. Most won't deny it other than Republican members of Congress, it seems. In recent weeks, Rep. Eric Swalwell has used his position on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to take on climate deniers and obstructionists in the Republican Party.However, the … Continue reading Blowing Hot Air into the Atmosphere

Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Activist before Tuesday's Oakland CityCouncil meeting in support of a resolution against transport of fossil fuels.PHOTO/Steven Tavares OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The Oakland City Council is thinking globally and acting locally. On Tuesday, it passed two resolutions hoping to do the city’s part in fighting back against the transport of fossil fuels through the East Bay and … Continue reading Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Celebrating Earth Day After Stuffing Your Wallet With Calpine Money

Swalwell tweeted this photo Tuesdayfrom Hayward's Eden Landing.HAYWARD | ENVIRONMENT | The Eden Landing ecological reserve on the Hayward shoreline is just miles south from the polluting Calpine Russell City Energy Center. During this primary season, Hayward mayoral candidates and Assemblymember Bill Quirk have been harangued by the deeply unpopular natural gas-fired power plant that … Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day After Stuffing Your Wallet With Calpine Money

A Feeling Out Period in the Initial CA-15 Candidate’s Forum

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | It’s too early to get nasty in the 15th Congressional District. Democrats Rep. Eric Swalwell, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and Republican Hugh Bussell mostly spoke in generalities, while taking pains to avoid confrontation during their first candidate’s forum of the election season. The top two vote-getters in the … Continue reading A Feeling Out Period in the Initial CA-15 Candidate’s Forum

Port of Oakland Delays Decision That May Clear Howard Terminal for A’s Ballpark

The proposed 38,000-seat ballpark that some hope will be built at Howard Terminal,just north of Jack London Square.PORT OF OAKLAND | HOWARD TERMINAL | Before groups interested in building a new downtown ballpark at the Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal can more forward with their plans, port commissioners need to exhaust the property's potential maritime uses. However, … Continue reading Port of Oakland Delays Decision That May Clear Howard Terminal for A’s Ballpark

Wieckowski Wants Info on Effects of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on the State

Fukushima disaster in 2011ASSEMBLY | ENVIRONMENT | Fremont Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski wants the state to be more forthcoming about the potential effects of the 2011 nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima, Japan on California's coastline. Wieckowski, said Tuesday the state’s Department of Public Health should post updated information on its Web site in “layman’s terms” to alleviate concerns … Continue reading Wieckowski Wants Info on Effects of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on the State

Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

Asm. Bill QuirkLEGISLATURE//FRACKING | When it has to do with science, he becomes Dr. Quirk. On Wednesday, a controversial and water-down fracking bill cleared the State Legislature, but not before Assembly Speaker John Perez called on Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk to urge for its passage, while bestowing him the honorific of doctor.Critics say the bill allows the fracking industry … Continue reading Dr. Quirk’s Scientific Knowledge Adds To Approval Of Controversial Fracking Bill

Transformative 30-Year Bay Area Planning And Transportation Plan Gains Approval

An opponent of Plan Bay Area speaks before the joint meeting of regional government bodies in charge of implementing the 30-year planning initiative approved Thursday night in Oakland. PHOTO/Steven TavaresPLAN BAY AREA | After years of discussion and fiery dissent from Bay Area conservatives, a regional housing and transportation project, both massive in scope and … Continue reading Transformative 30-Year Bay Area Planning And Transportation Plan Gains Approval

With A Bright Future Ahead, Alameda Officially Takes Control Of Alameda Point

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore signs the conveyance of Alameda Point June 24 with Roger Natsuhara, assistant secretary of the Navy. PHOTO/Steven TavaresALAMEDA//DEVELOPMENT | Sixteen years after the Alameda’s Naval Air Station closed forever, the U.S. officially conveyed the scenic, but still toxic Alameda Point back to the city of Alameda.“Come to Alameda Point,” said Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore. … Continue reading With A Bright Future Ahead, Alameda Officially Takes Control Of Alameda Point

Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears

Chris Pareja and opponents of Plan Bay Area at a rally in Oakland before Friday's MTC/ABAG hearing on Plan Bay Area. PHOTO/Steven TavaresPLAN BAY AREA | After three years and exactly 249 public meetings, a mash-up of regional  commission's may approve “Plan Bay Area” next month, one of the most long-ranging local planning strategies in generations. Except, … Continue reading Plan Bay Area Detractors Object Once More As Approval Nears