Hayward landlords are taking advantage of the housing crisis, says report

Nearly half of all Hayward tenants spend 35% or more of their monthly income on rent.

Hayward city manager, who received low-interest loan to move to city, wants relocation expenses

Hayward elected officials wanted their new city manager to live in Hayward, so they gave her a favorable home loan to do it amid a brewing housing crisis in the city

Hayward approves emergency moratoriums for renters, while landords fume

Hayward councilmembers unanimously approved moratoriums on vacancy decontrol and added just cause protection to nearly 15,000 rental units.

HAYWARD approves ‘Sohay’ large market-rate development with just 48 affordable housing units

A 25-acre, 472-unit housing transit-oriented development in South Hayward was approved by the Hayward City Council Tuesday night. But despite evidence the city is in the grips of an affordable housing crisis, the project includes just 48 units of affordable housing--20 set aside for low-income rentals and 28 units for sale to buyers with moderate … Continue reading HAYWARD approves ‘Sohay’ large market-rate development with just 48 affordable housing units

EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF MAY 4-10--HAYWARD-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SOUTH HAYWARD HOUSING-- "The proposed project will result in development of approximately 25 acres of underutilized and mainly vacant land located near the South Hayward BART Station into a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood composed of 472 mixed-income, multi-family rental and for-sale town home-style units, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

EBC AGENDA | APR 27-MAY 3 | ALAMEDA releases long-awaited report on Council interference; FREMONT seeks more density

THE WEEK OF APRIL 27-MAY 3--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--NORTHERN HOUSING TRANSFERS-- "On January 2, 2018, the City Council introduced an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to remove the Government Overlay designation on the North Housing property bounded by Main Street, Singleton Avenue, Mosley Avenue, and Bette Street. The Government Overlay … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APR 27-MAY 3 | ALAMEDA releases long-awaited report on Council interference; FREMONT seeks more density

In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILFor a Hayward City Council that has voiced strong support over the past few months for helping stave off its burgeoning affordable housing crisis, the optics of evicting up to 40 families from their homes put city officials in a political bind Tuesday night. Instead, the council voted, 5-2, to postpone for one … Continue reading In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

EBC AGENDA | MAR 30-APR 5 | ALAMEDA on pace to meet state housing requirement; BERKELEY wants to thwart data vendors working with ICE; AD15 forum

THE WEEK OF MAR 30-APR 5--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--HOUSING ELEMENT REPORT-- Alameda is on pace to satisfy the state's Regional Housing Needs Allocation for building 1,723 units of housing by 2023, says city staff. Ninety-three building permits were issued in 2017. The prior two years yielded 493 building permits. But … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAR 30-APR 5 | ALAMEDA on pace to meet state housing requirement; BERKELEY wants to thwart data vendors working with ICE; AD15 forum

Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

Hayward Councilmember ElisaMarquez pushed for a moratoriumon rents Tuesday, but gained onlytepid support from her colleagues.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThe Hayward City Council gave direction to staff Tuesday night to study a menu of new protections for the city's renters, including non-binding mediation to resolve rent increases and possibly a moratorium, also on rent hikes. It was … Continue reading Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

EBC AGENDA | MAR 16-22 | Housing discussions in SAN LEANDRO, HAYWARD; Revenues up in ALAMEDA

THE WEEK OF MARCH 16-22--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--UPTICK IN REVENUES-- "The proposed budget amendments to the FY 2017-18 Budget will increase General Fund revenue by $7 million, to $99 million, and will increase operating expenditures by $382,000, to $95 million in operating expenditures, and to $111 million total expenditures … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAR 16-22 | Housing discussions in SAN LEANDRO, HAYWARD; Revenues up in ALAMEDA

Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

A rendering for a portion of Phase 1 of theSite A plan at Alameda Point.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhen the Alameda City Council revisits an 800-unit housing and commercial development at Alameda Point tonight, known as "Site A," the spouse of the city's elected city auditor says she will be strongly against the plan, saying it will … Continue reading Spouse of Alameda’s elected city auditor says housing at Alameda Point will bring low-income cars

Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

Assembly candidate Buffy Wicks at a candidate forum last January in Albany.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--ELECTION 2018--An extensive poll from the well-bankrolled upstart in the wide-open race for the 15th Assembly District shows a candidate unsure over how to present herself to voters with just over three months before the June primary.In the poll sent via email and … Continue reading Illustrative polling highlights East Bay assembly candidate’s evolving campaign strategy

Assembly candidate Dan Kalb wants to bring back redevelopment agencies

Dan Kalb, standing, is one of nine Democratsrunning in the AD15 race this June.ELECTION 2018f--15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT--Nearly seven years ago, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies in California significantly changed the ways local governments approved and built capital improvement projects. In turn, Gov. Jerry Brown's calculation also fomented a low-level rebellious streak in some East Bay cities … Continue reading Assembly candidate Dan Kalb wants to bring back redevelopment agencies

Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

The Alameda City Council put on hold Tuesdaya  proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminals projecton the Northern Waterfront.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILIn a city that has long resisted meeting minimum state standards for the creation of new housing, the Alameda Council Tuesday night denied a 589-unit waterfront housing and retail development, at least, for the time being.A portion of the … Continue reading Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation

KB Home executive Ray Panek, left, missed theOct. 3 Hayward meeting that resulted in the council slamming its project due to a lack ofaffordable housing.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA month ago, the Hayward City Council appeared to have stomped its collective feet in opposition to a housing development along Mission Boulevard in South Hayward that proposed 35 market-rate town … Continue reading After begrudgingly offering 6 affordable units for Hayward project, exec brags about lengthy Italian vacation