EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15-21--BERKELEY-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--MOVE TO REPEAL PEPPER SPRAY ORDINANCE-- Last September, the City Council approved authorization for the police department to include pepper spray under its use-of-force policy. Pepper spray had been prohibited under the 1997 city ordinance, but the outbreak of conflicts this year between protesters … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front of the theater's marquee in 2014.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th … Continue reading San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

An proponent of San Leandro's ban on flavoredtobacco sales address the City Council Mondaynight with supporters in the foreground.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILLike some of its neighboring cities, the San Leandro City Council approved Monday night a prohibition on the sale of flavored tobacco products. The council, however, diverged from Oakland and San Francisco, by sidestepping … Continue reading San Leandro bans flavored tobacco sales, passes for now on menthol cigarettes

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 29-OCT 5 | BERKELEY, SAN LEANDRO to snuff out flavored tobacco; OAKLAND homeless havens; more market rate housing in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF SEPT 29-OCT 5Before you know it, candidate for office next year will be meeting face-to-face in forums and community meetings, each making their case for their respective office. Last week, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and her challenger Oakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price kicked off the season at a contentious … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 29-OCT 5 | BERKELEY, SAN LEANDRO to snuff out flavored tobacco; OAKLAND homeless havens; more market rate housing in HAYWARD

Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

Oakland City Council President Larry Reidsays he quit smoking in April after more than 50 years.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I started smoking when I was 15-years-old," Oakland City Council President Larry Reid said late Tuesday night before the council approved a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, and menthol cigarettes."I'm 66-years-old. I stopped … Continue reading Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

EBC AGENDA | JULY 14-20 | Up in smoke: OAKLAND, SAN LEANDRO, HAYWARD discuss cannabis; Oakland may ban flavored tobacco sales; Drones in the ‘Dro?

THE WEEK OF JULY 14-20It may be a mellow week in the East Bay. Not only is this the last council meeting in some cities before the annual August recess, but Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward will all be discussing various issues associated with the cannabis industry. Oakland is keeping tabs on its recently approved … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JULY 14-20 | Up in smoke: OAKLAND, SAN LEANDRO, HAYWARD discuss cannabis; Oakland may ban flavored tobacco sales; Drones in the ‘Dro?

EBC AGENDA | June 2-8 | HAYWARD eyes sanctuary city status; Flavored tobacco ban in SAN LEANDRO; OAKLAND’S new violence prevention plan; FREMONT resdistricting

THE WEEK OF JUNE 2-8East Bay governments are back for a big full week of action following the Memorial Day weekend. Here's your highlights:➤Hayward eyes becoming a sanctuary city...finally➤San Leandro, but not yet Oakland, looks to ban flavored tobacco➤Fremont's move to expand its city council reaches its penultimate hearing➤Alameda County help its refugee and asylum-seeking … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 2-8 | HAYWARD eyes sanctuary city status; Flavored tobacco ban in SAN LEANDRO; OAKLAND’S new violence prevention plan; FREMONT resdistricting

San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomaswants to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes within city limits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe San Leandro City Council is set to take on the tobacco and vaping industries after its Rules Committee voted Monday to move legislation banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The proposal includes flavored "juices" used … Continue reading San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's bidto lengthen term limits is falling flat.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Using the same rationale that led to the extension of term limits to 12 years in the state Legislature, San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed believed by the time the city’s elected officials became proficient in their jobs, they were ready … Continue reading San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed