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

Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

A mailer from Pleasanton Families for SupervisorNate Miley, an IE supporting his re-election. ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Earlier this month, a mysterious independent expenditures committee named “Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley" surfaced without much funding or activity. However, campaign finance reports for the Independent Expenditure Committee, not yet easily accessible to the … Continue reading Email suggests Miley’s re-election campaign and IE supporting him is improperly coordinating efforts

Bay Area’s burgeoning eyes in the sky

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern angered privacy activists late last year when he ignored their sentiment against purchasing a small unmanned aerial drone. San Jose city leaders are grappling with the potential use of drones, as is Berkeley.Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at the burgeoning issue in the Bay Area at a macro level. From … Continue reading Bay Area’s burgeoning eyes in the sky

Holding office in Alameda County: It’s a good gig, if you can get it

Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern isrunning unopposed this June.PHOTO/Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY | Patrick O'Connell — like most Alameda County politicians — has run unopposed each time he's been up for reelection to his longtime post as county controller/auditor/clerk recorder. And most East Bay political observers expected him to once again run unchallenged this year. But … Continue reading Holding office in Alameda County: It’s a good gig, if you can get it

2013 Year-In-Review, Part I: The Fight Over Public Safety Erupts Over Bratton, Drones

PHOTO/Shane Bond2013 | YEAR-IN-REVIEW | The spoils of the 2012 election season were received from Congress to the State Legislature to city councils throughout the East Bay. Crime continues to be a problem in Oakland, along with how to quell the violence and the annual East Bay Citizen Year-in-Review begins with the New Year the … Continue reading 2013 Year-In-Review, Part I: The Fight Over Public Safety Erupts Over Bratton, Drones

Alameda County Supervisors Discourage Sheriff From Detaining Undocumented Residents

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | A resolution by Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle discouraging the county sheriff from honoring request from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain undocumented residents in the county passed, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon despite the hearing being called a “farce” by fellow Supervisor Scott Haggerty.The issue of Secure Communities, a … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors Discourage Sheriff From Detaining Undocumented Residents

As Swalwell Begins Winning Hearts And Minds, Where Is Ellen Corbett?

State Sen. Ellen Corbett in Pleasanton last June.SUNDAY COLUMN | It seems like Rep. Eric Swalwell is settling in quite well during the first few months of his first-term in the 15th Congressional District and that should be disturbing for his already declared opponent, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett. Swalwell is making himself visible … Continue reading As Swalwell Begins Winning Hearts And Minds, Where Is Ellen Corbett?

Swalwell Supports Obama’s Use Of Drones; Hedges In Alameda County

Model of a Predator drone outside AlamedaCounty Administrative Building, Feb. 14.CONGRESS | Rep. Eric Swalwell told The Citizen recently that he “trusts the president,” and “fully supports him and doesn’t want to take away authority from him,” when it comes to his use of drones but only hopes he “keeps Congress more in the loop.” Swalwell … Continue reading Swalwell Supports Obama’s Use Of Drones; Hedges In Alameda County

A Lack of Trust in Local Goverment Grows Amid Oblivious Elected Officials

PHOTO/Shane Bond ILLUSTRATION/Steven TavaresTHE SUNDAY COLUMN | Oakland Civil Rights Attorney Michael Siegel stood before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee last Valentine’s Day and told them what he thought about a proposal by the Sheriff’s Department to purchase a drone (now, apparently, two, says Sheriff Gregory Ahern). The gray-haired sheriff in … Continue reading A Lack of Trust in Local Goverment Grows Amid Oblivious Elected Officials

Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

PHOTO/Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY BOS//DRONES | After months of contention and concern, the residents of Alameda County were finally afforded a public hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss the potential purchase of aerial drones by the county sheriff's department. Activists, many wearing neon colored stickers stating “No Drones,” joined various organization leaders in Oakland to express their dismay in … Continue reading Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

LiveTweet Highlights: #alcomtg

//storify.com/eastbaycitizen/ebc-livetweeting-of-alcomtg-on-domestic-drones-in.js[View the story "EBC LiveTweet of #alcomtg on domestic drones in Alameda County" on Storify]EBC LiveTweet of #alcomtg on domestic drones in Alameda CountyAlameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern's plan to purchase drones to aid in search and rescue and other emergency situations was met with significant opposition, Feb. 14, at a Alameda County Board of … Continue reading LiveTweet Highlights: #alcomtg

Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department says strict guidelines will be used to ensure the use of drones for law enforcement purposes will not be used to violate the privacy of county residents. The sheriff’s department laid out its vision for the potential use of what it calls, small Unmanned Aircraft systems, in … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones

Inclusion Of Drone Purchase On Supervisors Agenda Was An Oversight, Says Undersheriff

Linda Lye, attorney for ACLU in Oaklandbefore Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The Alameda County Sheriff's Department says the placement of an agenda item before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning requesting approval for the purchase of an unmanned aerial craft was an oversight.The $31,645 expenditure, included as part of a … Continue reading Inclusion Of Drone Purchase On Supervisors Agenda Was An Oversight, Says Undersheriff

ACLU Asks Alameda County To Put Off Discussion Of Sheriff Purchasing Drones

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to remove a controversial request by its sheriff’s department to purchase an unmanned aerial aircraft at Tuesday’s meeting. The request is buried in a agenda item detailing a $1.2 million Homeland Security grant to the Alameda County … Continue reading ACLU Asks Alameda County To Put Off Discussion Of Sheriff Purchasing Drones

Psst! How The Alameda County Supervisors Assumed The Position With No Prompting

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | With Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern at the lectern before the Board of Supervisors last week like a pastor preaching to a chorus of adherents more than willing to fill his collection basket, the slender county top cop briefly paused. In the corner of his eye he noticed Supervisor Scott Haggerty lurch to … Continue reading Psst! How The Alameda County Supervisors Assumed The Position With No Prompting