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

Report reveals Oakland Councilmember McElhaney’s hypocrisy over gentrification

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | One thing is clear from the report in the East Bay Express Wednesday on Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney—her personal finances are in shambles and it’s affecting her role as a steward of the city.In an area of Oakland racked by fears of gentrification, McElhaney has often employed rhetoric in opposition to … Continue reading Report reveals Oakland Councilmember McElhaney’s hypocrisy over gentrification

Study: Hospitals will be Hampered by Legislation Asking Non-Profits for Tax-Exempt Accountability

ASSEMBLY | HEALTH CARE | A state legislative audit two years ago found non-profit hospitals receiving lucrative tax-exemptions lack accounting for the amount of charity care they provide. Last year, East Bay Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski and Rob Bonta authored a bill based on the audit's recommendations. Wieckowski pulled the bill last May.However, a study released … Continue reading Study: Hospitals will be Hampered by Legislation Asking Non-Profits for Tax-Exempt Accountability

Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

HEALTH CARE | It seems San Leandro Hospital got out from under the thumb of Sutter Health in the nick of time. The California Nurses Association on Tuesday harshly criticized the hospital provider for potentially putting patients at risk when its $1 billion records keeping computer program went dark for most of the day on … Continue reading Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

STATE SENATE | Ellen Corbett is continuing her attempts to crack down on the state’s charter-party limousine industry following findings this week the tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge earlier this year was ruled an accident.On Wednesday, an audit of the charter-party carriers limo industry sought by State Sen. Corbett was approved. The … Continue reading Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

SUNDAY COLUMN | As the Legislature made a mad dash this week to clear its calendar of bills from its houses of origin, one specific floor debate in the Assembly showed why many distrust government and unfortunately assume their hands are tied by the sheer volume of corruption to do anything about it.Non-profit hospitals, which … Continue reading The Lengths Non-Profit Hospitals Go To Scam Taxpayers On Charity Care

Wieckowski’s Bill Adding Accountability To Non-Profit Charity Care Falls Short

ASSEMBLY//HEALTH CARE | An Assembly bill steeped in the long-running fight to save one East Bay hospital failed passage Friday morning after several attempts. The bill authored by Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta would have standardized the reporting of charity care dollars by the state’s non-profit hospital providers. The Legislature’s … Continue reading Wieckowski’s Bill Adding Accountability To Non-Profit Charity Care Falls Short

Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

TEA PARTY | The first of a likely long line of Tea Party organizations seeking relief from allegations the Internal Revenue Service targeted them and other conservative non-profit groups comes from Northern California.The NorCal Tea Party Patriots, centered in Colfax, Calif. filled a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court accusing the IRS of violating its … Continue reading Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

Chan Makes A Run At Sutter’s Tax-Exempt Status; Hospital Responds With Full-Page Ad

SAN LEANDRO HOSPITAL | Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's latest attempt to turn the legislative screws on Sutter Health and its likely attempt to shutter San Leandro Hospital may result in further scrutiny over the health care provider's lucrative non-profit tax exemptions.At a well-attended forum featuring Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, Chan and others questioned … Continue reading Chan Makes A Run At Sutter’s Tax-Exempt Status; Hospital Responds With Full-Page Ad

Eden Township Healthcare District Failed To Renew Non-Profit Tax Exemption

ROUNDUP: SAVE SAN LEANDRO HOSPITALHAYWARD | Dec. 19, 2011 | Add this to the list of problems at the Eden Township Healthcare District. The governing body which oversees San Leandro Hospital lost a portion of its non-profit tax exempt status in November 2010, according to its CEO.Dev Mahadevan, who oversees the day-to-day functions of the … Continue reading Eden Township Healthcare District Failed To Renew Non-Profit Tax Exemption