Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

STATE SENATE | Ellen Corbett is continuing her attempts to crack down on the state’s charter-party limousine industry following findings this week the tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge earlier this year was ruled an accident.On Wednesday, an audit of the charter-party carriers limo industry sought by State Sen. Corbett was approved. The … Continue reading Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

Agencies Unaware Of Corroded Chevron Refinery Pipe Before Fire; Regulatory Staff Lacking In State Says Feds

RICHMOND//CHEVRON FIRE | Federal, state and local officials say they were not aware of corrosive pipes at the Richmond Chevron refinery until after a fire Aug. 6, 2012 engulfed a unit of the facility. A report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) last February found Chevron was aware of the faulty pipe pinpointed as the … Continue reading Agencies Unaware Of Corroded Chevron Refinery Pipe Before Fire; Regulatory Staff Lacking In State Says Feds

Innovative Pilot Health Care Program Coming to a San Leandro Firehouse

Sept. 7, 2011 | Alameda County Health Services Agency Director Alex Briscoe did not ask the city for money Tuesday night. Instead, he wanted the council's support allowing the county to identify one of the city's fire stations for a three-year pilot program that aims to slow rising health care costs among the poor and uninsured.More patients in California seek care … Continue reading Innovative Pilot Health Care Program Coming to a San Leandro Firehouse

Alameda Mayor Gilmore Returns Check From Non-Profit

As a non-profit the Alameda Boys & Girls Club is forbidden from making campaign contributions, but its executive director put the organization in hot water when it gave Mayor Marie Gilmore financial support last May to help retire her campaign debt.The paltry $250 check from Executive Director George Phillips to Gilmore reported last week by a local … Continue reading Alameda Mayor Gilmore Returns Check From Non-Profit

Memo Shows City, Fire Chief Dismissed Grievances Against Cutting Rescue Boats

The investigation into the tragic death of Raymond Zack at Alameda’s Crown Beach last Memorial Day just got more interesting.The city’s much-embattled firefighters union says they warned against cutting the island’s water rescue program in 2008. A look at grievances filed by the union in protest of cutting the water rescue program to save the … Continue reading Memo Shows City, Fire Chief Dismissed Grievances Against Cutting Rescue Boats

Despite Call For Inquiry, Alamedans Still Angry Over Crown Beach Death

CITY COUNCIL GETS AN EARFUL; RESIDENTS CALL FOR OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION, HALT TO FIRE/POLICE UNION NEGOITATIONSBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterAlameda is finding the death of Raymond Zack very difficult to fathom as firefighters and police officers watched and did nothing to prevent it is because their inaction runs stunningly contrary to type. After 9/11, those involved in … Continue reading Despite Call For Inquiry, Alamedans Still Angry Over Crown Beach Death

The Intentional Drowning of a Man Has Alameda Searching For Answers

WATER-BASED RESCUE TRAINING FOR THE ISLAND WAS CUT IN 2009; PUBLIC SAFETY DID NOTHING TO SAVE RAYMOND ZACKBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterRaymond Zack waded into the waters of the San Francisco Bay Monday never to come back. He was a sick 53-year-old depressed man diagnosed with a chemical imbalance. The sight of his large … Continue reading The Intentional Drowning of a Man Has Alameda Searching For Answers

Whatcha Talkin’ About Willis?

EX-CHIEF MAKES JOKE REFERRING TO GUNS AT CITY HALLBy Steven TavaresOn the rare occasion the San Leandro City Council chambers are jammed to the rafters, Alameda County Fire Chief Sheldon Gilbert is usually there to clear the aisles and escort guests to the back of the room. On Monday, these were not just any residents lining … Continue reading Whatcha Talkin’ About Willis?

Hand-to-Hand Political Combat in Alameda

POLITICS AND FIRE CHIEF'S PILFERING OF GASOLINE HAS ALAMEDA IN A COMBUSTIBLE MOODBy Steven TavaresYou can call it the Bell Factor. When officials dip their ladle too deep into the the people's pot of soup during rough economic times, expect an outcry. Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler's alleged defrauding at the city's gas pump is the … Continue reading Hand-to-Hand Political Combat in Alameda

Dowling Collecting Support of Hayward’s Finest

USE THE EASY TO FILL OUT 'ENDORSE KEVIN DOWLING MAD-LIB' FORM SUPERVISOR, DIST. 2Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling, in a bid for a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, has been racking up an impressive list of endorsements from city leaders, especially those who protect it.Dowling followed up an endorsement from the city's Police … Continue reading Dowling Collecting Support of Hayward’s Finest