Alameda signature-gatherers hired by landlords could face criminal charges

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThe city of Alameda has received 51 affidavits alleging signature-gatherers paid by local landlords illegally misrepresented a proposed ballot measure intended to rollback recently-approved just cause tenant protections. The city is taking the charges seriously. According to a statement Tuesday from the city, it is consulting with the Alameda County District Attorney's office … Continue reading Alameda signature-gatherers hired by landlords could face criminal charges

Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Alameda renters at the Bay View Apartments.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |A potentially nasty campaign against Alameda's rent control initiative appears to have begun. In the past few days, some Alamedans have reported a telephone survey seeking responses, they say, that include a bias against the rent control initiative appearing on the November ballot.The sponsor of … Continue reading Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

A campaign flyer given to Hayward residentsadvocating for the charter amendment. Theliterature was paid for by SEIU Local 1021.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | A charter amendment to move Hayward municipal elections from June to November starting in 2018 is heading to the upcoming primary ballot.The Hayward City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing the Alameda … Continue reading Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

Proposed term limits initiative for Alameda County supervisors is withdrawn

Alameda County supervisors with the NBA titletrophy at a board meeting last June.ALAMEDA COUNTY | The leader of an effort to establish term limits for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors says he is withdrawing the initiative because his involvement in the campaign has become its focus.Long-time East Bay Municipal Utilities District Board Director Frank … Continue reading Proposed term limits initiative for Alameda County supervisors is withdrawn

Are term limits in the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ future?

Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggerty andRichard Valle during a board meeting in 2013.PHOTO/Shane BondaALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | In the East Bay, a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is the closest thing to a lifetime appointment on the US Supreme Court. An incumbent county supervisor has not lost a seat in 23 … Continue reading Are term limits in the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ future?

Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | A proposed statewide ballot measure that could severely undercut the stability of public employee pensions might also disproportionately affect women, says East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta.The initiative, currently called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, would allow voters in local jurisdictions to vote on various government employee benefits … Continue reading Bonta: Proposed ‘Voter Empowerment Act will adversely affect CalSTRS, women