EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

‘World’s Smartest Leader’ Peter Liu’s gubernatorial campaign is poised to go viral again

Former Oakland mayoral candidate Peter Liudonned an ancient Chinese imperial hat andincluded the photo in the state voter guide.CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR--ELECTION 2018--He is the self-proclaimed "World's Smartest Leader" who said during his run for Oakland mayor four years ago that God chose him to bring world peace, but also vowed to "intellectually bitch slap" the Oakland … Continue reading ‘World’s Smartest Leader’ Peter Liu’s gubernatorial campaign is poised to go viral again

Barbara Lee calls for end to militarization, racism during speech honoring MLK on 50th anniversary of his death

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTAt a ceremony in Memphis honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee called for an end "forever wars" and militarization and again condemned President Donald Trump for his racist rhetoric. VIDEO BELOW"In the name of Dr. King, we must repeal this authorization … Continue reading Barbara Lee calls for end to militarization, racism during speech honoring MLK on 50th anniversary of his death

CoCo Republican Party applauds sheriff’s apparent attempt to undermine state’s sanctuary law

Contra Costa County SheriffDavid LivingstonCONTRA COSTA COUNTYContra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston last February began posting online the release dates of immigrants in the county, according to news reports.The move dovetails with a growing movement, particularly in Southern California, against the sanctuary state law signed last year by the Legislature. Public officials in Orange County … Continue reading CoCo Republican Party applauds sheriff’s apparent attempt to undermine state’s sanctuary law

ICE says 3 immigrants who evaded them because of Libby Schaaf, have been re-arrested

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has stoodresolute in the face of criticism from Trumpand ICE following her Feb. 24 warningto Bay Area immigrants.OAKLANDThe top U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement official says three undocumented immigrants, which they believe evaded apprehension because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's public warning of a raids last month, were arrested recently for violent … Continue reading ICE says 3 immigrants who evaded them because of Libby Schaaf, have been re-arrested

Jeff Sessions: How dare you! Libby Schaaf: How dare YOU!

U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsPHOTO/WikicommonsOAKLANDU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ripped Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf this morning during a speech in Sacramento, calling her "an embarrassment to the proud state of California."Two weeks ago, Schaaf issued a statement imminently warning undocumented immigrants that ICE agents may be preparing a large-scale action in Northern California.ICE agents, indeed, … Continue reading Jeff Sessions: How dare you! Libby Schaaf: How dare YOU!

Lock her up! Fremont resident files complaint saying Oakland Mayor Schaaf is impeding ICE

Over the weekend Oakland Mayor LibbySchaaf said "credible sources" warned a largeraid in the Bay Area was imminent.OAKLANDOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's announcement over the weekend intended to alert undocumented immigrants about an imminent and substantial raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earned her plaudits from progressives on one side and death threats on … Continue reading Lock her up! Fremont resident files complaint saying Oakland Mayor Schaaf is impeding ICE

Chabot, Las Positas Colleges become sanctuary campuses

Chabot-Las Positas Community College Boardof Trustees voted Tuesday to declare itscampuses as sanctuaries for students.CHABOT-LAS POSITAS COLLEGE BOARDAfter months of sidestepping the issue, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustees approved a pair of resolutions Tuesday declaring a sanctuary campus designation for each college. The board also directed its staff to explore a similar … Continue reading Chabot, Las Positas Colleges become sanctuary campuses

After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Hayward Anti-Discrimination Task Forcemeeting last spring.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILAt a Hayward City Council meeting last June, city officials basked in the glow of a standing ovation from those who have long advocated for declaring the Latino-heavy city a sanctuary for immigrants.The city announced Wednesday that it received an award from the Local Government Hispanic Network for … Continue reading After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLater this month, three Oakland councilmembers will introduce a resolution offering the city's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. before 2007 an … Continue reading Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Interim Police Chief Mark Koller was bornin Hayward and has served on the policeforce in various capacities since 1981.HAYWARDMark Koller, a second-generation Hayward police officer, will be sworn-in next Monday as the city's fourteenth chief of police. The ceremony will be held at the Hayward City Hall rotunda, Aug. 21, starting at 3 p.m.Koller has … Continue reading Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

Rep. Eric Swalwell on CNN earlier this year.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRussia this. Russia that. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has basked in the glow of television studio lights in recent months. He's a fixture on CNN, MSNBC and sometimes Fox News. His task is to repeat attacks ad nauseam against President Donald Trump and the on-going … Continue reading Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

ICE arrests two undocumented immigrants in Hayward, city says it had no involvement

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday duringa task force meeting in March discussingsanctuary city.HAYWARDU.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agents arrested two undocumented immigrants in Hayward last Thursday, but the city says, based on its policies, it did not participate in the action. The Hayward Police Department, however, had been notified two days prior, on Tuesday,¬†of ICE's intention … Continue reading ICE arrests two undocumented immigrants in Hayward, city says it had no involvement

Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern ata town hall Friday evening in Cherryland.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFFActivists at a town hall Friday in Cherryland shouted down Alameda County Gregory Ahern, jeered, hissed and booed him over his department's immigration policies. "I believe some people should be deported," insisted Ahern.The town hall organized by the local chapter of the … Continue reading Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices

Swalwell voted for House bill that seeks stronger sentences for undocumented immigrants

Rep. Eric Swalwell15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTA House bill backed by President Donald Trump that would increase minimum prison sentences for repeat offenders of U.S. immigration law was supported Thursday by East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell.The bill is inspired by the tragic 2015 murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who had been … Continue reading Swalwell voted for House bill that seeks stronger sentences for undocumented immigrants