Livermore will appoint new councilmember to open seat, rather than costly special election

"The four sitting Livermore City Council members voted unanimously for an interview and appointment process, as opposed to calling for a costly special election, to fill the vacancy on the dais created upon Bob Woerner's ascension from councilman to mayor on Monday night," Pleasanton Weekly reports. Woerner won last month's mayoral election against Mony Nop. … Continue reading Livermore will appoint new councilmember to open seat, rather than costly special election

Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

A initiative campaign backed by e-cigarette giant Juul to reverse an ordinance approved last month by the Livermore City Council to ban the sale of vaping products is heading to the ballot next year. Livermore followed San Francisco last July in banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, in an effort to curb youngsters from … Continue reading Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

Lawsuit alleges Livermore City Council deliberately undermined measure to lower health care costs

Similar initiatives to limit health care charges to 15 percent of cost is coming to Palo Alto this, fall, and possibly Emeryville

Alameda County denies permit for Livermore oil wells; supervisor foresees lawsuit

  The Alameda County Board of Supervisors sided with appellants Tuesday by denying an extension of a conditional-use permit for the only oil-producing wells in the county. The pair of oil wells located in rural unincorporated Livermore, and operated by E&B Natural Resources, annually produced roughly 10,000 barrels of oil, but an extension of its … Continue reading Alameda County denies permit for Livermore oil wells; supervisor foresees lawsuit

Environmentalists want ALCO supes to deny Livermore oil producer’s permit

Environmentalists say the use of waterflooding puts the aquifer at risk, along more seismic activity. County staff says claims are unfounded.

EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

THE WEEK OCTOBER 6-12 --OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 10, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--FOX THEATER LOANS-- Debts from the iconic theater's $47.5 million renovation a decade ago is proposed to be transferred from the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency (ORSA) to the city. Then it … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, campaigning for BryanParker last spring. along with future candidate TojoThomas, right, who Swalwell later endorsed forthe Castro Valley school board. Both lost.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |Despite periodic news reports placing East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell on the precipice of earning a prime leadership post among House Democrats one day, his imprimatur … Continue reading Eric Swalwell’s endorsement is proving to be a kiss of death for East Bay candidates

Khanna replaces canceled check for Baby Jesus with $1,000 donation to charity

Ro Khanna sent a $1,000 donation to the Knightsof Columbus last Friday.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |It took almost four years, but 17th Congressional District candidate Ro Khanna is finally paying alms to Baby Jesus.After a report in the East Bay Citizen showed Khanna had canceled a $1,000 check written in 2012 for a Livermore charity organizing … Continue reading Khanna replaces canceled check for Baby Jesus with $1,000 donation to charity

Khanna welched on donation to charity organizing celebration of Jesus’ birth

CA-17 Democratic candidate Ro Khanna is facing a second claim that he failed to pay campaign debts.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Just minutes after candidates in the 17th Congressional District concluded their one-and-only pre-primary debate last May 6, Republican candidate Ron Cohen approached Ro Khanna and quietly handed him an envelope. “This person says you owe him money,” … Continue reading Khanna welched on donation to charity organizing celebration of Jesus’ birth

Swalwell praises Hayward bus maker–the one that’s leaving the city behind

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Was it too soon? Last week, the 15th Congressional District's social media maven, Rep. Eric Swalwell, tweeted photos of his visit to Hayward's bus manufacturer Gillig. The company also builds buses for AC Transit. However, it won't building buses in Hayward for much longer.Earlier this year, Gillig jilted Hayward for … Continue reading Swalwell praises Hayward bus maker–the one that’s leaving the city behind

Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

There were no funny road signs at City Hall whena picketing city employee was nearly run over.HAYWARD | The new road signs around Cal State East Bay in Hayward are bringing loads of positive attention to the often overlooked and self-described “heart of the bay.”Not only did the local press eat up the new signs … Continue reading Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Just a minor correction needed. The League of Women Voters' site confused Chris Pareja with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason "Shake" Anderson. The mistake has since been corrected.ELECTION 2014 | Maybe Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski looks a little like the apple-chewing Saturday Night Live character, Mister Peepers, but how do you confuse a Mexican-Filipino American right-winger from … Continue reading Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Lena Tam, left,  is challenging BART Board Director Robert Raburn. A third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. ran for Oakland mayor four years ago; finishing last. BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | DISTRICT 4 | When a pair of BART strikes brought the Bay Area to a standstill last year, Robert Raburn, one of the transit agency's … Continue reading Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Sources: Alameda County Grand Jury Investigating Haggerty Over Land Deal

ALCO Supervisor Scott HaggertyPHOTO/MTCALAMEDA COUNTY BOS | Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty is the subject of a grand jury investigation for allegedly facilitating the sale of his Livermore home in 2007 to a buyer later approved by the county to purchase 12 acres of county-owned ranchland near Pleasanton, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.The allegation, … Continue reading Sources: Alameda County Grand Jury Investigating Haggerty Over Land Deal

What To Expect From Congressman Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell PHOTO/KQEDCONGRESS | After an amazing upset in the 15th Congressional District with the young, now Congressman-elect Eric Swalwell ousting long-term incumbent, Pete Stark, from his 40-year throne, we can now wonder what a Rep. Swalwell will look like.Swalwell had looked to be a likely loser after the Hayward Demos forum early this year showed an inexperienced … Continue reading What To Expect From Congressman Eric Swalwell