Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

The Hayward City Council's decision in 2014 to place an across the board 5 percent wage cut on over 300 of its city employees, roiled the labor movement and for years poisoned the relationship between City Hall and its workers. But the controversial imposition was later deemed illegal by the state Personnel Employment Relations Board … Continue reading Hayward settles dispute with SEIU over illegal wage cuts, will repay workers $2 million

EBC AGENDA | OCT 27-NOV 5 | OAKLAND’s 918-unit Oak Knoll project faces scrutiny; HAYWARD to greenlight cannabis rules; BERKELEY defines ‘use of force’

THE WEEK OF OCT. 27-NOV. 5--OAKLAND-- Special Community & Economic Development Committee meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--918-UNIT OAK KNOLL DEVELOPMENT-- "The Applicant [SunCal] is requesting planning-related permits including a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and other planning-related actions that would enable development of 918 residential units, 72,000 square feet of primarily neighborhood-serving … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 27-NOV 5 | OAKLAND’s 918-unit Oak Knoll project faces scrutiny; HAYWARD to greenlight cannabis rules; BERKELEY defines ‘use of force’

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Clockwise from left: Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog; Lena Tam, Malia Vella, and Jennifer Roloff are seeking two open seats this November. MEET THE CANDIDATESThis five-person race is led by the incumbents. Councilmember MARILYN EZZY ASHCRAFT was easily the leading vote-getter four years ago with nearly a quarter of the vote. She supports smart … Continue reading ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

Hayward City Council candidates (pictured clockwise): Councilmember Al Mendall, Matt McGrath, Councilmember Elisa Marquez, Mark Salinas, and Councilmember Francisco Zermeno.MEET THE CANDIDATES Every four years in Hayward, voters have the unique opportunity to alter a majority of their city council. However, Hayward voters have also been strangely adverse to casting a ballot on a regular … Continue reading HAYWARD COUNCIL PREVIEW: Three incumbents, one former member poised for a return to office

UFCW drops $10,000 on Nate Miley; IE supporting him formed by nonagenarian

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said to anaudience earlier this month, "Don't hate the player,hate the game."ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |With less than two weeks until Election Day, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley is pulling out all the stops in his suddenly competitive re-election campaign against Bryan Parker. Over the last week, … Continue reading UFCW drops $10,000 on Nate Miley; IE supporting him formed by nonagenarian

First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath retiredas a Hayward department head in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward has a dearth of prospective candidates at all segments of its city government, but one may have been hiding all these years in its maintenance services department.Matt McGrath is turning heads over the past month in the 10-person race … Continue reading First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay: Nov. 3

HAYWARD/Nov. 3, 7 p.m.The Quiet War with labor continuesCAMPAIGN FINANCE ORDINANCEA truce over the war between city employees and the Hayward City Council, starting in 2013, was technically settled earlier this year when both sides agreed to a new contract. The deal was actually pretty good for city employees, represented by SEIU Local 1021. But, … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay: Nov. 3

Nurses’ union endorsement brings adrenaline shot to Swanson’s campaign

Cowboy up! Swanson picked up support Monday fromthe powerful California Nurses Association.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | The California Nurses Association's political support is similar to the level of care a patient might experience in the hospital. If you treat the nurses with kindness, you might get an extra cup of apples sauce on your … Continue reading Nurses’ union endorsement brings adrenaline shot to Swanson’s campaign

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno

//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3784581/height/225/width/450/theme/legacy/direction/no/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/Hayward Councilmember Francisco ZermenoEPISODE 6 | Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeno is a collector of things, not to mention two terms on the Hayward City Council. But he also boasts more than 8,000 pieces of Spiderman memorabilia and the collection is less a love of the comic book character and more a reminder of his unique … Continue reading LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno

Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn

Lena TamALAMEDA COUNTY | DEMOCRATS | BART Board of Director Robert Raburn often eschews driving automobiles for public transportation and his bicycle. But, when it comes to endorsing his re-election to the board following the divisive BART strike of last year, Alameda County Democrats told him Saturday to take a hike, instead.In the most notable … Continue reading Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn

A’s Agree to Pay Back $266,000 in Wage Theft to Clubhouse Workers

LABOR | OAKLAND | The Oakland Athletics agreed to pay 86 current and former low-wage employees over $266,000 in wages it stiffed clubhouse workers and interns, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.The Athletics, like the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins before them, agreed to the settlement following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. Earlier this … Continue reading A’s Agree to Pay Back $266,000 in Wage Theft to Clubhouse Workers

Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

A graphic from 2012 contemplated JoelYoung's next move. It may be another fouryears at AC Transit.AC TRANSIT | AT-LARGE | The re-election of At-Large AC Transit board member Joel Young received a significant boost when two potential challengers made late decisions not to run against the transit official who was censured by the transit board … Continue reading Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

Lamnin Leapfrogs Peixoto to Top Hayward Council Race; Both Win Seats

Sara LamninHAYWARD | CITY COUNCIL | Community leader Sara Lamnin is now the top vote-getter in Hayward's City Council election after an update by the Alameda County registrar. Two spots on the council were available to the top two finishers. Lamnin, though, had trailed Councilmember Marvin Peixoto for the top spot since the June 3 … Continue reading Lamnin Leapfrogs Peixoto to Top Hayward Council Race; Both Win Seats

Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District

Hayward Mayoral Candidates Face Labor | Mr. Know-It-All | Guillen is a Lock | Forum ScheduleCHAPTER 9 | Sometimes all a campaign needs is a little luck. Just as pressure was renewed for Rep. Mike Honda to debate his fellow Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, comes help from an unlikely source—the Republican Party. Honda desperately needed … Continue reading Amid Scandal, A Conversation Changed in the 17th Congressional District

United Farm Workers Endorse Hayashi for State Senate

CAMPAIGN 2014 | STATE SENATE | 10TH DISRICT | A few weeks back, former East Bay Assemblymember Mary Hayashi burnished her strong ties to labor when addressing a large group of county Democratic leaders. On Tuesday, Hayashi began delivering on that potential with the endorsement of the United Farm Workers for her run in the 10th State … Continue reading United Farm Workers Endorse Hayashi for State Senate