Funding for homeless evokes historical rift between Alameda County cities and Oakland

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf earlier this month made surprisingly candid comments disparaging a plan by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for divvying up $16.2 million in new, one-time-only, state funding to combat homelessness. Last week, a number of Alameda County mayors, in a show of solidarity, refuted Schaaf's critique, saying the rest of county … Continue reading Funding for homeless evokes historical rift between Alameda County cities and Oakland

EBC AGENDA | APRIL 13-19 | ALAMEDA scandal unfolds Monday; FREMONT tackles homelessness; HAYWARD begins budget talks

THE WEEK OF APRIL 13-19--ALAMEDA-- Special closed session meeting, Monday, April 16, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SCANDAL!-- It's been six months since the Alameda City Council hired an outside attorney to investigation claims by City Manager Jill Keimach that unnamed coucilmembers violated the City Charter by interfering with her powers to hire a new fire chief. A special … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 13-19 | ALAMEDA scandal unfolds Monday; FREMONT tackles homelessness; HAYWARD begins budget talks

San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutterdelivering the state of the city address lastMonday at the Senior Community Center.SAN LEANDROSan Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter, during the annual state of the city address this week, said the city is becoming a regional leader in Smart City technology, spending more money on capital improvement project than any … Continue reading San Leandro mayor’s state of the city details accomplishments, excludes city manager scandal

San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--It's still very early in San Leandro's campaign season, but an endorsement result last week might be signaling that District 2 Councilmember Deborah Cox is in for a tough re-election campaign this fall.The San Leandro Democratic Club voted last Thursday to endorse Cox's only current challenger, Ken Pon, a former two-term San … Continue reading San Leandro Dems deliver surprising rebuke to council incumbent up for re-election

EBC AGENDA | JAN 19-25 | Cell-site simulators deployed by East Bay law enforcement 3x last year; Highland needs $11m more for retrofit; ; Oakland’s racial disparity in traffic stops

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 19-25--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10:45 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--DA'S STINGRAY REPORT-- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is required to offer a "report" on law enforcement's use of cell-site simulators, also known as Stringrays. The device allows police to mimic a cell tower in the effort to coerce a suspect's cell phone … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN 19-25 | Cell-site simulators deployed by East Bay law enforcement 3x last year; Highland needs $11m more for retrofit; ; Oakland’s racial disparity in traffic stops

Chan raises possibility of countywide ballot measure to combat homelessness

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chanat Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meetingin Oakland.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSHomelessness is so pervasive in Alameda County that the only long-term solution to the problem may be to ask voters to approve a bond measure, says Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan."There just isn't enough money to serve this county," Chan said during … Continue reading Chan raises possibility of countywide ballot measure to combat homelessness

Judge tells Berkeley to quit with excuses, orders search for homeless shelters

BERKELEYA federal judge strongly admonished the City of Berkeley Tuesday for its lack of specificity when it comes to finding shelter for its homeless population.U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruling in a lawsuit by a group forced to leave land owned by BART for , ordered the city to come up with a plan to … Continue reading Judge tells Berkeley to quit with excuses, orders search for homeless shelters

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

Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin delivers his first state of the city address Monday night at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTOS/Zac GoldsteinBy Keegan Tatum and Zac GoldsteinThe sense in the room was, finally, someone said it. That mood endured for the entire State of the City address delivered by Berkeley’s new mayor, Jesse Arreguin.Throughout … Continue reading Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

A city survey found 75 percent of residentshave a positive image of their city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward residents consistently voiced concern over the overall lack of affordable housing and job creation in the city, according to a city survey released last week. Those polled also continue to pull their collective hair out over traffic congestion in … Continue reading Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

Hayward Councilmember Greg Jones said the cityneeds an emergency homeless shelter.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Homelessness in Hayward continues to be a vexing problem for its city council. While the problem exists in the city and primarily in its struggling downtown area, the council struggled to reach a consensus this week for solutions or even initial … Continue reading No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

OAKLAND/Sept 21, 4 p.m.Major hearing on coal transport in West OaklandCOAL TRAIN This may be one of the most important Oakland City Council meetings of the year and policy-wise very interesting. Start with the Oakland Army Base restoration which was built in large part with a $252 million state transportation grant. Recall, there was some fear … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

AGENDA NOTES: San Leandro to add more funding for the homeless

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th StreetMonday, April 20, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #slmtg HELP FOR THE HOMELESS Last October, the San Leandro City Council established a Homeless Task Force with $150,000 in funding for a warming center in advance of the coming winter. However, the task force is already finding the problem … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: San Leandro to add more funding for the homeless

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Apr. 8, 2014

Oakland City Council Committees Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Apr. 8, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTFox Theater restoration completed in 2009CRAZY LIKE A FOX THEATER The investors for Oakland’s Fox Theater want the city to reaffirm certain tax credits used for the massive restoration project will be afforded to them in the … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Apr. 8, 2014

Middle-Aged White Males: Homeless and Nowhere to Go

SAN LEANDRO | HOMELESSNESS | Rose Padilla Johnson, the executive director of San Leandro’s Davis Street Family Resource Center, says there may be over 500 people in the city lacking suitable shelter. The typical profile of the homeless is San Leandro also reveals a dirty little secret. The homeless are not young, nor are they … Continue reading Middle-Aged White Males: Homeless and Nowhere to Go