For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie BaconFREMONT CITY COUNCIL |When Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon appeared to be gloating last week about the city's most recent electoral results that flew under the banner of an insurgent call for slow-growth, Councilmember Raj Salwan couldn’t take it anymore and he may have been voicing the complaints of many Alameda County Democrats.“This … Continue reading For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

BARBARA LEE IS DITCHING TRUMP’S INAUGURATON

Rep. Barbara Lee will boycott the Jan. 20presidential inauguration. CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT |In Oakland, where fewer than five percent of voters cast a ballot for Donald Trump last November, apparently the famous East Bay political slogan, "Barbara Lee speaks for me" is very true.On Thursday, Rep. Barbara Lee said she will boycott Trump's inauguration ceremonies … Continue reading BARBARA LEE IS DITCHING TRUMP’S INAUGURATON

Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

ALAMEDA | The ballot is set in Alameda. Five candidates, including two incumbent city councilmembers will vie for a pair of seats on the Alameda City Council this November. In addition, races for city auditor and treasurer will be in play this fall.Unlike most parts of the East Bay where the filing deadline for candidates … Continue reading Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

Alameda landlords’ measure to ban rent control falls short of valid signatures

ALAMEDA | In a development that leaves just two rent-related initiatives on the ballot in Alameda this fall, a competing measure backed by landlords failed to gather enough valid signatures for inclusion in the next election or beyond.The Alameda County Registrar of Voters notified the city Thursday that the landlords' initiative fell 533 valid signatures … Continue reading Alameda landlords’ measure to ban rent control falls short of valid signatures

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog at Tuesday night's meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda’s rent control initiative now has a roommate on the November ballot after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a version of its recently passed rent stabilization ordinance on the November 8 ballot. The council's measure joins the already … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda landlords’ rent measure fizzles

Councilmember Tony Daysog said he is own rentmeasure will also not appear on the November ballot. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |A proposed Alameda ballot measure that would have banned rent control on the island will not appear on the November ballot, based on a random sample check of signatures performed by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.The … Continue reading Alameda landlords’ rent measure fizzles

Khanna’s internal poll shows him leading Honda, 42-36

Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna will face-off for a fourth time in CA-17 come November.CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Newly-minted CA-17 front runner Ro Khanna released an internal poll Thursday that gives him a six-point advantage over fellow Democratic Rep. Mike Honda.Khanna won last month’s primary by 1.7 points and the poll, conducted June 26-30, shows … Continue reading Khanna’s internal poll shows him leading Honda, 42-36

Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | A lengthy November ballot could get longer in San Leandro. Three potential revenue-generating initiatives, including one for taxing cannabis, are popular with voters, according to a recent city survey.Two-thirds of likely San Leandro voters registered support for taxing cannabis sales in the city. San Leandro's first cannabis dispensary is due … Continue reading Favorable polling for San Leandro cannabis tax, two other proposed revenue-generating measures

Alameda mayor opposes rent control measure, while others begin to take sides

Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft,Frank Matarrese and Mayor Trish Spencer duringa hearing Tuesday on various rent measures.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer said Tuesday that she unequivocally opposes the tenant-driven rent control initiative now slated for the November ballot. The stance is not surprising. She has told the renters’ group the same thing in … Continue reading Alameda mayor opposes rent control measure, while others begin to take sides

Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda Community Developement DirectorDebbie Potter at Tuesday's council meeting.ALAMEDA | RENTS | Alameda voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to enact rent control on the Island. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office on Wednesday certified the renters-backed measure for the November ballot, setting the stage for a contentious fall campaign … Continue reading Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Defiant Mike Honda squashes retirement talk: ‘Not on your life’

Rep. Mike Honda's response to suggestions he should retire: "Not on your life."CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |Surrogates for Ro Khanna and one newspaper columnist have suggested Rep. Mike Honda should retire following his June 7 primary defeat. His answer in an op-ed Wednesday was clear: “Not on your life.”“Doing so would be a disservice to the 60 … Continue reading Defiant Mike Honda squashes retirement talk: ‘Not on your life’

Alameda city staff floats placing recently approved rent ordinance on the ballot

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Could there possibly be a fourth rent-related Alameda ballot measure posturing for the fall ballot? This one backed by the Alameda City Council?As it stands, word on whether a rent control ballot measure backed by local tenants will qualify for the November ballot should come this week, while another backed by … Continue reading Alameda city staff floats placing recently approved rent ordinance on the ballot

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

Alameda renters group submits rent control ballot signatures; plot next moves

Alameda City Clerk's office sorts through ballot measure petitions delivered by the Alameda Renters Coalition Thursday afternoon at City Hall.ALAMEDA | A ballot measure proposing rent control in Alameda took a big step closer to reality Tuesday when proponents submitted nearly 8,000 signatures to the city clerk’s office. If validated by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters in coming … Continue reading Alameda renters group submits rent control ballot signatures; plot next moves

Alameda readies for second, more landlord-friendly, proposed ballot measure

Alameda's infamous "spite house."ALAMEDA | A second rent-related ballot measure in Alameda might be coming to the November ballot. Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog filed a proposed charter amendment that would roll back recently approved relocation fees paid by landlords to tenants after evictions of any kind.The intent to circulate a petition was filed by Daysog … Continue reading Alameda readies for second, more landlord-friendly, proposed ballot measure