Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

ALCO BOARD OF SUEPRVISORSAfter years of vehement opposition by progressive and minority groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon decided to end funding for Urban Shield after this year."Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today's vote," said Alameda County Keith Carson, in making a motion to end the event, as it is … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

Alameda County Supervisors retained outside counsel to investigate a workplace matter

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSActions taken by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in closed session over the past few weeks point toward the existence of potential allegations of workplace misconduct at the county-level. Exactly where, though, is unclear.At the board's Jan. 9 meeting, Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler announced the county supervisors voted in closed … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors retained outside counsel to investigate a workplace matter

ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

ALAMEDA COUNTYThe serious lack of affordable housing in the East Bay was clearly apparent to voters in Alameda County last year with approval of Measure A1, a $580 million general obligation bond to help foster new ownership of affordable housing and units for renters.On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally approved the issuance … Continue reading ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

Alameda County rebuttal to grand jury report unsurprisingly swats away sharp criticisms

Supervisor Wilma Chan confronting protestersduring an Alameda County Board ofSupervisors meeting in 2016.ALAMEDA COUNTYA scathing Alameda County grand jury report last June included a number of sharp criticisms against the county and members of the Board of Supervisors. Among them, questioning the Board of Supervisors' ability to shower unfettered amounts of district funds on community … Continue reading Alameda County rebuttal to grand jury report unsurprisingly swats away sharp criticisms

Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

CONGRESSBefore Rep. Ro Khanna dropped fellow Alameda County Rep. Barbara Lee's name today as a possible progressive challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday that she is running for re-election next year, the idea of such a run was mostly the dreams of her uber progressive constituents in the East Bay.In fact, on several … Continue reading Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

Oakland City Council had little interest in questioning Elaine Brown’s non-profit, except her top rival Desley Brooks

Elaine Brown, Alameda County SupervisorKeith Carson and Oakland CouncilmemberDesley Brooks in an undated photo.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILApparently, Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks and former Black Panther and Oakland activist Elaine Brown have no limits on being in the same room. On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council approved a land disposition agreement for the property at Seventh and … Continue reading Oakland City Council had little interest in questioning Elaine Brown’s non-profit, except her top rival Desley Brooks

Supervisor Keith Carson knew about conflict of interest when giving $710k in county funds to employee, former Black Panther Elaine Brown’s non-profit

Supervisor Keith CarsonALAMEDA COUNTY GRAND JURYAlameda County Supervisor Keith Carson violated the county's conflict of interests rules when he hired former Black Panther leader Elaine Carson to his staff and allocated $710,000 in funding to the housing non-profit she created in 2014, according to an Alameda County grand jury report released Monday. It also concluded … Continue reading Supervisor Keith Carson knew about conflict of interest when giving $710k in county funds to employee, former Black Panther Elaine Brown’s non-profit

Eden Health District taps former St. Rose executive as next CEO

Michael Mahoney takes over for retiring EdenHealth District CEO Dev Mahadevan in June.EDEN HEALTH DISTRICTThe Eden Health District Board of Directors on Wednesday named former St. Rose Hospital executive Michael Mahoney to be its next CEO. He replaces long-time CEO Dev Mahadevan, who announced his retirement in March.Mahoney will receive a one-year, $145,000 base salary, … Continue reading Eden Health District taps former St. Rose executive as next CEO

Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Texas-based Paramedics Plus won a controversialcontract for Alameda County EMS services in2010, but has financially struggled ever since.ALAMEDA COUNTYThe three-year extension of a controversial Alameda County contract for emergency ambulance services was moved forward by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, but not without both sides recognizing the relationship’s future is doubtful.The Alameda County Board of … Continue reading Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Henry Levy will be sworn-in as Alameda County'snext treasurer-tax collector sometime in May.ALAMEDA COUNTYIn the end the unions got their man. Following an hour-long deliberation, highlighted by some contention, including questions about the applicant's integrity, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Henry Levy as treasurer-tax collector, replacing the retired Donald White. Levy, a long-time … Continue reading Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

State cuts to in-home care services could blow a hole in Alameda County’s next budget

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County's likely fiscal year budget shortfall will be additionally impacted by the state's decision to begin asking municipalities to shoulder more of the costs for in-home health services.Last week, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi told the Board of Supervisors its early budget estimate to be released on Wednesday will reflect $40 million in … Continue reading State cuts to in-home care services could blow a hole in Alameda County’s next budget

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

LEGISLATURE | BUDGET | Following Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal budget proposal this week seeking to balance the first state budget deficit since 2012 with $1.6 billion in cuts, local East Bay state legislators and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors weighed-in:ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA"The Governor’s budget takes a cautious view of the state’s revenue picture. While that … Continue reading EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

Supervisor Keith Carson calls for engagement with Trump voters

Alameda County Supervisor Keith CarsonALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS |More than 61 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, including 215,000 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, wrote Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson in an op-ed Monday. Yet, despite the differences of opinion, engagement is needed for the country and local populace to move forward, he wrote."My … Continue reading Supervisor Keith Carson calls for engagement with Trump voters

Placing their trust in Ronnie Lott, Alameda County supervisors agree to Raiders stadium term sheet

NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott addressing theAlameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesdaymorning in Oakland.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS |The Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed to signing a term sheet with a group led by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott to begin negotiations for a $1.3 billion football stadium in Oakland. The Oakland City Council … Continue reading Placing their trust in Ronnie Lott, Alameda County supervisors agree to Raiders stadium term sheet

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and his $111,000 campaign account

Alameda County Supervisor Keith CarsonALAMEDA COUNTY | During the first half of the year, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson received just $1,000 in campaign contributions, measly, by most standards. The easily countable list of donations included $250 from Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and $100 from Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney. The longest-serving member of the … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and his $111,000 campaign account