EBC AGENDA: May 25-31 — OAKLAND pension strategy; ACTransit supports unions ahead of SCOTUS ruling

Also: San Leandro's own city manager scandal could be heating up again on Tuesday night.

Seeking to raise new revenues, Union City may declare a ‘fiscal emergency’

UNION CITYWith an eye toward asking Union City residents to approve a pair of tax-generating ballot measures sometime this year, the Union City Council may declare a fiscal emergency this week.Union City's budget forecast for the next five years estimates multi-year budget deficits will deplete its reserves by Fiscal Year 2021-22.To increase revenues, Union City … Continue reading Seeking to raise new revenues, Union City may declare a ‘fiscal emergency’

EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs

THANKSGIVING WEEK OF NOV 17-23--SAN LEANDRO-- Regular council meeting, Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--WELLS FARGO DIVESTITURE-- San Leandro city staff is recommending against discontinuing business with Wells Fargo after some city officials and members of the community were critical of the bank's investments in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project in South … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | NOV 17-23 | SAN LEANDRO closes its Wells Fargo account?; Pot ordinances get final approvals; FREMONT plan for rising pension costs

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

Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County supervisors will wait another week before appointing a new treasurer-tax collector while the powerful Service Employees International Union Local 1021 decides which of the four candidates to endorse.The four candidates are former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, accountant Henry Levy, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, and current assistant … Continue reading Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

Alameda County scores highest possible credit ratings

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Global credit rating behemoths Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service boosted Alameda County to the highest possible municipal bond score Monday.Fitch upgraded Alameda County to “AAA,” while Moody’s posted an “Aaa” rating. Alameda County’s consistent operating surpluses and overall strong local economy, along with “management’s progressive actions to address its long-term liabilities” earned … Continue reading Alameda County scores highest possible credit ratings

Alameda mayor’s opposition to utility tax measure could be costly

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's ballot argument againstutility tax measure asserts the same items it will fundare endangered if it passes in November.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is officially opposing a November utility tax measure that, if defeated, could blow a $5 million hole in the city's treasury.Spencer was the lone vote against placing … Continue reading Alameda mayor’s opposition to utility tax measure could be costly

Alameda firefighters’ union boss says mayor, councilmember broke labor laws

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog were accused by the firefighters' unionpresident Tuesday night of breaking labor laws. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | What appeared to be a simple administrative staff request to appropriate $3 million to further seed a city employee pension trust fund negotiated last April has reignited the perennial debate over unfunded liabilities … Continue reading Alameda firefighters’ union boss says mayor, councilmember broke labor laws

San Leandro council seeks five-year pension strategy

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutters says setting aside $5 million over 5 years for pensions is doable.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Last year, San Leandro's tab for unfunded liabilities over the next 30 years was $158 million. The City Council Monday night moved forward a strategy directing more of its growing revenues over the next five years … Continue reading San Leandro council seeks five-year pension strategy

No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

BANG editorial writer Daniel Borenstein led the pension reform debate for years, but it failed to scare East Bay officials to join his calls for austerity.Prola: 'I don't respect him. I don't respect his paper'By Darwin BondGraham and Steven TavaresPENSION REFORM DEBATE | "Dan needs no introduction," said Richmond Mayor Tom Butt at an April city council meeting, as … Continue reading No longer a reason for East Bay pols to fear pension-buster Daniel Borenstein; he was wrong, you were right

San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The uncertain economic times of year’s past appear in the rearviewmirror in San Leandro. “Things are on a significant uptick in San Leandro,” said City Manager Chris Zapata during a budget work session Monday night. The city’s proposed two-year budget estimates a $6 million surplus during the next fiscal year … Continue reading San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Just weeks after joining the SD7 special election, Steve Glazer is already grabbing the headlines.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer, a former consultant to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to advance past the June primary last summer in the 16th Assembly District, but his return last month to seek Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s vacated seat in … Continue reading Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Gov. Jerry Brown's fourth and last term as California's governor begins today. Brown was sworn-in to office Monday morning and quickly offered an ambitious vision for continuing to wean the state off carbon-based fuels. From the Los Angeles Times:By 2030, Brown wants California to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from the … Continue reading Gov. Brown calls for state to increase renewables to 50 percent by 2030

Despite Likely Landslide Result in AD-18, Candidates Debate in Earnest

Assembly candidate David Erlich speaks at a forum at the Mastick Center in Alameda while Assemblymember Rob Bonta looks on. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | During the June primary, Assemblymember Rob Bonta had the distinction of garnering a greater percentage of the vote in his race than any other candidate in the entire East … Continue reading Despite Likely Landslide Result in AD-18, Candidates Debate in Earnest

Ro Khanna: ‘Chuck Reed is an American Hero’

San Jose Mayor Chuck ReedCONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Any illusions Ro Khanna is a progressive may have been erased with an endorsement Monday from public employee pension crusader and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.Reed’s endorsement may signal a move by Khanna’s campaign to accentuate his credentials to moderate voters. However, it does little to … Continue reading Ro Khanna: ‘Chuck Reed is an American Hero’