Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn EzzyAshcraft announced Tuesday her campaignfor mayor.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Touting years of public service along with a record of consensus-building, Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft officially announced Tuesday that she will challenge incumbent Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer this November.“I’m running for Mayor, because I know the expertise and skills I’ve developed over 16 … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--A push poll, suspected by many, to have originated from Alameda landlords' groups, is probing and testing potential attack lines against a lengthy list of potential progressive candidates for the city's mayoral and city council elections this fall. The existence of the poll portends for another heated political season coming to Alameda.It … Continue reading Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAs the clock inched toward 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Alameda councilmembers not only were concentrating on a decision whether to place a $95 million bond measure on the June ballot, they were also racing against time.The city's sunshine ordinance requires the council to vote on whether to extend regular meetings past 10:30 p.m. … Continue reading At 11 p.m. sharp, Alameda council meeting abruptly adjourns with no decision on ballot measure

Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

A proposal Tuesday night would have allowedinstallation of fixed-mounted license-plate readersnear Alameda bridges and other exit points.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA controversial proposal to install 13 Automated License-Plate Readers (ALPRs) mounted at fixed points around Alameda's bridges and exit points may have had a slight majority Tuesday night if not for recent news reports that detailed the … Continue reading Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

The Alameda City Council put on hold Tuesdaya  proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminals projecton the Northern Waterfront.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILIn a city that has long resisted meeting minimum state standards for the creation of new housing, the Alameda Council Tuesday night denied a 589-unit waterfront housing and retail development, at least, for the time being.A portion of the … Continue reading Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsementmeeting last year for the 9th state Senate.ALAMEDAAn unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year."I've been honored by people and organizations in the … Continue reading Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda Councilmember Frank MatarreseALAMEDA CITY COUNCILSeemingly from the day Trish Herrera Spencer was elected Alameda mayor in 2014, the line of challengers seeking to make her a one-termer began jockeying for position. Nearly three years later, Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is a near lock to run for mayor next year, but speculation over whether Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

Alameda City ManagerJill KeimachALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThere's a curious closed session item Tuesday night on the Alameda City Council's agenda, an evaluation of City Manager Jill Keimach. Curious because her annual performance review isn't until next March.Sources at City Hall, including council members, won't say why they are chatting about Keimach in closed session Tuesday evening, … Continue reading Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer'sfuture planning board nominations mightface indefinite uncertainty. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda may be in the midst of a City Charter crisis. Earlier this week, two of Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's nominations to the influential Planning Board were rejected by the council's progressive majority.Under past mayors, the periodic appointment to various boards and commissions … Continue reading A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Alameda Mayor Tish Herrera SpencerALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThe push for cannabis dispensaries and cultivation facilities in recent years in Oakland and San Leandro has long eluded Alameda where a moratorium has made the burgeoning industry a non-starter in local politics. That appears to be changing and quickly after the Alameda City Council laid at a short … Continue reading City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

ALAMEDAElected officials don't usually weigh-in on controversial subject matter under the purview of another group of  officials within the same city. It's uncommon and almost verboten in local politics. Yet, Alameda’s unconventional Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer did so last week during a highly-charged Alameda school board on the indefinite closing an elementary school.The controversy at Lum Elementary is a somewhat … Continue reading Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

Alameda City Council approves Just Cause tenant protections; targets actions by rogue landlord

Supporters for Just Cause at an Alameda CityCouncil meeting on Tuesday night.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda is the latest Bay Area city to add Just Cause protections that restrict landlords from evicting renters without a specific reason. The Alameda City Council voted, 3-2, early Wednesday morning to amend its rent stabilization ordinance, passed more than a year … Continue reading Alameda City Council approves Just Cause tenant protections; targets actions by rogue landlord

‘The time for Just Cause is now’: Alameda is poised to enact stronger tenant protections

Alameda renters rallying last fall for greatertenant protections.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILDuring a Alameda City Council meeting in April, island renters thought they were nearing approval for one of their top objectives over the past two years, enacting Just Cause eviction protections for tenants in Alameda. It didn't happen after Councilmember Jim Oddie, believed to be on … Continue reading ‘The time for Just Cause is now’: Alameda is poised to enact stronger tenant protections

With a backlog of uninspected buildings, Alameda reinstates dormant Fire Prevention Bureau

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAgainst the backdrop of two tragic and potentially avoidable building fires in Oakland, the Alameda City Council approved funding to reinstate a Fire Prevention Bureau that was gutted seven years ago due to budget constraints due to the Great Recession.The council voted, 4-1, to allocate funding for the hiring of three firefighters at … Continue reading With a backlog of uninspected buildings, Alameda reinstates dormant Fire Prevention Bureau

‘Just Cause’ eviction protections back on the table in Alameda

Various tenants' groups rally for changes toAlameda's rent ordinance at City Halllast Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILJust over 48 hours since failing to gain a majority vote in favor of prohibiting Alameda landlords from evicting tenants without cause, a consensus on the Alameda City Council formed Friday evening that directs city staff to form the framework of … Continue reading ‘Just Cause’ eviction protections back on the table in Alameda