Alameda group seeks to place rent control measure on November ballot

Alameda renters protesting rising rents at arally in front of City Hall last year.ALAMEDA | A day before the Alameda City Council is set to finalize approval for a modest set of new protections for struggling renters, a local grassroots organization will present a ballot measure Monday asking voters for stronger controls on rising rents."We … Continue reading Alameda group seeks to place rent control measure on November ballot

Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

A campaign flyer given to Hayward residentsadvocating for the charter amendment. Theliterature was paid for by SEIU Local 1021.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | A charter amendment to move Hayward municipal elections from June to November starting in 2018 is heading to the upcoming primary ballot.The Hayward City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing the Alameda … Continue reading Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

Alameda renters group opposes city’s proposed ordinances on rents, evictions

Members of the Alameda Renters Coalitionprotesting rising rents last year.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Ahead of Tuesday night much-anticipated Alameda City Council debate over possibly enacting new restrictions on rent increases and evictions, the Alameda Renters Coalition, a local group that has driven the issue over the past year, says it will oppose all three potential … Continue reading Alameda renters group opposes city’s proposed ordinances on rents, evictions

NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions

Large capacity clips like these would be bannedin Oakland under a proposed ordinance.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The National Rifle Association is urging its members and advocates to voice opposition to a package of gun restrictions being proposed at Tuesday's Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee.The proposed ordinances would make it illegal to carry high-capacity magazines … Continue reading NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions

SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to Alameda County drug disposal ordinance

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The U.S. Supreme has denied a petition by the pharmaceutical industry to hear a challenge to Alameda County’s prescription drug disposal ordinance.The denial issued Tuesday morning leaves in place a decision by the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in favor of the take-back ordinance passed in 2012, which was the first … Continue reading SCOTUS won’t hear challenge to Alameda County drug disposal ordinance

McElhaney: Children Of All Ages Will Be Hurt By Bullhook Ban

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney is proving to be a rising star. However, while her ability to bring together fractious groups to settle the clearing of the Oakland Army Base and her soaring oratory is unquestioned, her first year in office has sometimes been uneven. Her comments Tuesday regarding a proposed … Continue reading McElhaney: Children Of All Ages Will Be Hurt By Bullhook Ban

What Would Hayward Do?

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | When it comes to helping the poor, WWHD?By unanimously passing an ordinance Tuesday night placing restrictions on free food-sharing groups that feed the poor in city parks, the Hayward City Council sided with concerns voiced by its downtown merchants, who complained loudly about unruly behavior they believe stems from the small-scale events. … Continue reading What Would Hayward Do?

Hayward Moves Ahead With Regulations On Free Food Sharing

Portuguese Park on C Street, one of the sites of free food sharing events in Hayward.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//FOOD SHARING | Despite an uproar Tuesday night from homeless advocates over the Hayward City Council’s attempt to regulate outdoor food sharing programs for the poor, the council showed little sign of turning afoot on the ordinances and … Continue reading Hayward Moves Ahead With Regulations On Free Food Sharing

Local Pastor Urged Congregants To Oppose San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary Ordinance

SAN LEANDRO | Following two hours of testimony from San Leandro residents over a proposed ordinance allowing up to two medical cannabis dispensaries within city limits, council members commented upon the seemingly even number of those in favor and against. However, a week earlier the pastor for San Leandro’s Heritage Baptist Church urged members of … Continue reading Local Pastor Urged Congregants To Oppose San Leandro’s Proposed Pot Dispensary Ordinance

San Leandro To Offer Medical Cannabis Ordinance For Public Discussion;Cassidy Says He Visited Pot Club

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro city staff presented a report Monday night that allows the application for two cannabis clubs in San Leandro at least 1,000 feet away from schools, businesses or parks and relegated to industrial zones. The council made no approval of the ordinance, but, instead, offered it up to a … Continue reading San Leandro To Offer Medical Cannabis Ordinance For Public Discussion;Cassidy Says He Visited Pot Club

Alameda County Passes First Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal Ordinance In The Country

ALAMEDA COUNTY//HEALTH | By SHANE BOND, The CitizenThe Alameda Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the nation’s first ever pharmaceutical drug disposal ordinance Tuesday that will require the pharmaceutical industry to provide disposal units for consumers to drop off of their unused or unwanted pharmaceutical drugs. The ordinance is a landmark because it is the first … Continue reading Alameda County Passes First Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal Ordinance In The Country

Future Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In San Leandro Turn A Surprising Corner

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//MEDICAL MARIJUANA | On July 2, the San Leandro City Council was just hours from likely approving a one-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the East Bay city. Earlier in the day, an California appellate court overturned a ruling in Southern California that now puts the legal theory behind San Leandro’s … Continue reading Future Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In San Leandro Turn A Surprising Corner

Nation’s First Drug Disposal Ordinance Coming To County–If Pharma Doesn’t Sue

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Alameda County is one step closer to becoming the first municipality in the nation to force pharmaceutical companies to establish drug disposal programs for unwanted, unneeded and expired drugs. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors took the first step by unanimously approving the proposed ordinance July 10. A second reading of … Continue reading Nation’s First Drug Disposal Ordinance Coming To County–If Pharma Doesn’t Sue

For Smokers, Alameda May Be An Island Of Snitches

ALAMEDA | Nov. 28, 2011 | Nearly everyone in Alameda agrees smoking is bad for you. It is also bad for others who inhale your secondhand smoke, but some other things may ultimately be worse for the city's overall civic health, critics say.The recently approved smoking ordinance passed Nov. 15 by the City Council will considerably beef up its … Continue reading For Smokers, Alameda May Be An Island Of Snitches