EBC AGENDA | APRIL 13-19 | ALAMEDA scandal unfolds Monday; FREMONT tackles homelessness; HAYWARD begins budget talks

THE WEEK OF APRIL 13-19--ALAMEDA-- Special closed session meeting, Monday, April 16, 5 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SCANDAL!-- It's been six months since the Alameda City Council hired an outside attorney to investigation claims by City Manager Jill Keimach that unnamed coucilmembers violated the City Charter by interfering with her powers to hire a new fire chief. A special … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 13-19 | ALAMEDA scandal unfolds Monday; FREMONT tackles homelessness; HAYWARD begins budget talks

Alameda County Dem chair wants every East Bay city to pass minimum wage, rent control, sanctuary city legislation

Alameda County Democratic Party chair RobinTorello was re-elected to another two-year term.ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMOCRATS | Earlier this month, Alameda County Democrats reappointed long-time party chair Robin Torello. Although, her name may not be readily known outside county politics, her influence is unquestioned among local Democrats. Not to mention her leadership in making the county likely the … Continue reading Alameda County Dem chair wants every East Bay city to pass minimum wage, rent control, sanctuary city legislation

Hayward school district raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

Hayward school board trustee Luis Reynososays city and county leaders have done nothingto increase the minimum wage. HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD |After the Hayward school board unanimously approved a resolution giving its unrepresented employees a boost in wages to $15 an hour on Wednesday, school board trustee Luis Reynoso said he wants to make it city and countywide."Our … Continue reading Hayward school district raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL |Elections have consequences. But curiously, in Hayward, those reeling from an Election Night loss last week weren't even on the ballot. On Tuesday night, the Hayward City Council faced the music for its mixed attempt at remaking the city's school board at the ballot box.Two of three school board members won re-election … Continue reading Luis Reynoso again disparages Hayward City Council for inaction

San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

San Leandro council candidate Bryan Azevedo holds aunion placard, while his opponent Ed Hernandez sits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Josie Camacho, the leader of the powerful Alameda Labor Council, asked fellow union members to rise in support of San Leandro's proposed minimum wage increase during a council meeting last week.Dozens of supporters for raising … Continue reading San Leandro candidate says opponent literally didn’t stand up for workers

San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

Union members and small business owners packedthe San Leandro City Council chambers Tuesdaynight to discuss raising the minimum wage.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Union members gathered for a group photo in front of the council dais and chanted si se puede following the San Leandro City Council’s approval Tuesday night of an ordinance that will raise … Continue reading San Leandro approves $15 minimum wage ordinance without small biz exemption

San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The San Leandro City Council reaffirmed its goal of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 Monday night, but in a reversal, removed a previously approved one-year exemption for small businesses.The council voted, 6-1, to adopt the original proposal that begins to raise the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading San Leandro City Council rolls back minimum wage carveouts for small biz; approves original $15 wage by 2020

Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer may kick start theminimum wage conversation on the island.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Oakland and Emeryville have moved to raise its citywide minimum wage in recent years. In addition, increases are expected soon for low-wage earners in Berkeley and San Leandro. Next up: Alameda?Mayor Trish Spencer is asking the City Council to … Continue reading Alameda may soon begin conversation of raising its minimum wage

San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter's substitutemotion will push passage of the city's minimumwage ordinance to next September.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |A successful substitute motion offered by San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter will give some small businesses an extra year to comply with the city's proposed ordinance raising the minimum wage to $15 an year by … Continue reading San Leandro minimum wage ordinance now includes one-year delay for small biz

San Leandro’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro's push to accelerate its path to a $15 an hour minimum wage quicker than the state's mandate is also going to give a boost to its own city employees.The San Leandro City Council will discuss a proposal to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for $15 minimum wage will cost city $460,000 through 2020

San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

Councilmember Jim Prola proposes raising SanLeandro's minimum wage to $15 by 2020.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |The minimum wage in San Leandro could reach $15 an hour by 2020, the city council proposed Monday night. If approved at the July 5 council meeting, San Leandro's minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour starting in mid-2017 … Continue reading San Leandro may raise its city wide minimum wage to $15 by 2020

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Podcast with guest San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter

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San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola wants thecity's minimum wage to rise to $12 by 2017.SAN LEANDRO | California's minimum wage could rise to $10.50 by the end of this year, if a bill backed by Gov. Jerry Brown is approved by the state legislature, and jump to $15 an hour by 2022. But in more … Continue reading San Leandro’s push for minimum wage boost continues despite state legislation

EBCAMPAIGN: Is Glazer trying to help Baker beat her Democratic opponent?; HONDA’S BABY MAMA DRAMA; Hayward CM is an emoji; IDLF’s SLATE

70 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY |Earlier this year, I visited one of the six joint legislative town halls organized by Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer and Republican Assemblymemer Catharine Baker. This particular town hall in Orinda, a city within the overlapping swath of districts covered by each freshman legislator, was attended almost exclusively by older … Continue reading EBCAMPAIGN: Is Glazer trying to help Baker beat her Democratic opponent?; HONDA’S BABY MAMA DRAMA; Hayward CM is an emoji; IDLF’s SLATE