Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

Rendering of the proposed Davis Street Wellness Center at 3081 Teagarden Street.SAN LEANDROIn response to allegations of sexual misconduct, San Leandro City Manager Chris Zapata denied the claims and, instead, asserted they were attempts by the accuser to aid final approval of a medical cannabis dispensary in the city, of which she has a financial interest.But … Continue reading Dispensary involved in San Leandro political scandal says they’ll repay loan before next week’s deadline, open 4/20

San Leandro councilmember opposed sending its armored police vehicle to U.C. protests

San Leandro's Lenco Bearcat MedEvac ondisplay at a community meeting in 2015.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILAs the threat of violent protests at U.C. Berkeley this year escalated, San Leandro Police allowed the university police to twice borrow its armored emergency vehicle. It's a decision that at least one San Leandro elected official criticized Monday night."We have … Continue reading San Leandro councilmember opposed sending its armored police vehicle to U.C. protests

Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA U.S. Department of Justice grant allocated to the Hayward Police Department worth $42,491 is likely at risk after the Hayward City Council instructed its staff to not sign a controversial new certification that runs opposed to its recently approved sanctuary city status.Although Hayward councilmembers unanimously voted last week to approve receipt of … Continue reading Despite sanctuary city status, Hayward approves DOJ grant funding for police, but not really

Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

ALAMEDAMonths after Alameda became one of the first cities in the county to pass legislation declaring sanctuary city status, they now may be the first to reject a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.Last week, Alameda city officials declined to sign a document required by the Department of Justice in order to apply … Continue reading Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

Alameda County may be poised to sue President Trump

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSJust days after an executive order signed by President Trump in late January amounted to a shot across the bough of sanctuary cities, Santa Clara County and San Francisco asked a federal judge to block the order.Alameda County, which is also a declared sanctuary county, may soon follow suit. A closed … Continue reading Alameda County may be poised to sue President Trump

San Leandro set to join list of sanctuary cities in the East Bay

The San Leandro City Council is set to joinOakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and Emeryvilleas sanctuary cities in the East Bay.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILNext week, San Leandro is set to join a growing list of sanctuary cities in the East Bay. The San Leandro City Council, acquiescing to growing demand in the highly diverse community to declare … Continue reading San Leandro set to join list of sanctuary cities in the East Bay

Uncertainty is the word from Alameda County’s D.C lobbyists

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan wantsto arm residents with information to fight likelyfederal cuts to the safety net.ALAMEDA COUNTYWhen describing the current lay of the land in Washington D.C. Alameda County’s congressional lobbyists Thursday used the same word more than a dozens times—uncertainty.From questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the federal budget, … Continue reading Uncertainty is the word from Alameda County’s D.C lobbyists

Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

President Trump's executive order also restarts the"Secure Communities" law enforcement programthat was discontinued in 2014.SANCTUARY CITIESPresident Trump's executive order Wednesday seeking to punish sanctuary cities by halting federal grants could effect several East Bay cities, including Oakland which stands to lose $130 million in funding, a potentially devastating amount to its general budget.Other East Bay cities, such … Continue reading Trump to punish sanctuary cities with loss of federal money; Oakland could lose $130m

Alameda set to approve sanctuary city status before Trump’s inauguration

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, the Alameda City Council will likely become the next Bay Area city to become a sanctuary city. A discussion on the matter continues Tuesday night and satisfies a desire by some councilmembers to approve the resolution before Trump takes office … Continue reading Alameda set to approve sanctuary city status before Trump’s inauguration

As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall suggestedthe future administrative costs for Hayward Promise Neighborhood was deliberately omitted.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |The Hayward Promise Neighborhood program, born out of a 5-year, $25 million federal grant to improve education outcomes in Hayward’s impoverished Jackson Triangle neighborhood, is due to run out this month.But the future of its programs and legacy appear … Continue reading As Hayward’s $25 million education grant winds down, future funding is uncertain

Alameda Councilmember Oddie wants island to be a sanctuary city

Alameda Councilmember Jim OddieALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda may be the next Bay Area city to resist President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric by becoming a sanctuary city.Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie will seek to kickstart a push on the island for sanctuary city status at the year's final council meeting on Dec. 20.The referral will not only … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Oddie wants island to be a sanctuary city

Alameda County Supervisors postpone vote on cellphone surveillance upgrade

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggertysaid the controversial Stingray discussionwill come back to the board on Oct. 13.PHOTO/Shane BondALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s proposed $113,000 upgrade for a surveillance device used to track cell phone calls and data, commonly known as a Stingray, was postponed for two weeks, Alameda County Supervisor … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors postpone vote on cellphone surveillance upgrade

Bill O’Reilly calls Barbara Lee a ‘Race Hustler’

Bill O'ReillyCONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | Rep. Barbara Lee brought home a $2.8 million federal grant this week for Asian health services in Oakland, but that's not what made headlines. Instead, a tit-for-tat, first with Rep. Paul Ryan and now with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over race in America took center stage.Last week, Lee … Continue reading Bill O’Reilly calls Barbara Lee a ‘Race Hustler’

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014835 E. 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Jan. 6, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDWISHLIST FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS (Item 10D) Proposals include seeking a COPS grant for up to five additional officers in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget; grants for funding the … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Meeting, Jan. 6, 2014

First Phase Of Massive $1.2 Billion Oakland Army Base Project Begins

Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Rep. Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Phil Tagami and Port of Oakland Commissioner Ces Butler at Friday's groundbreaking of the Oakland Global project. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND//ARMY BASE PROJECT | Fourteen years after the closing of the Oakland Army Base decimated the city with thousands of jobs lost, ground was broken … Continue reading First Phase Of Massive $1.2 Billion Oakland Army Base Project Begins