Port of Oakland to approve Howard Terminal term sheet with A’s

The Port of Oakland Board and Oakland Athletics are set to sign an exclusive four-year term sheet to lease the Howard Terminal waterfront property to the team and construction of a new waterfront ballpark. An item on the term sheet is scheduled to come before the Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners on May 13. … Continue reading Port of Oakland to approve Howard Terminal term sheet with A’s

Port of Oakland commish says land deal with A’s will be final before Opening Day

There may be some members of Port of Oakland as connected as Commissioner Michael Colbruno, but few have a Twitter account to communicate the pace of negotiations with the Oakland Athletics, in their effort to procure the land at Howard Terminal for a new ballpark. Last weekend, in a response to A's fan Sal Ferraro, … Continue reading Port of Oakland commish says land deal with A’s will be final before Opening Day

Port of Oakland official drops hint about A’s ballpark site

Port of Oakland commissioner believes an announcement will come sometime in November.

Port of Oakland and A’s enter ENA for Howard Terminal

The 50-acre Port of Oakland property knownas Howard Terminal is today mainly usedfor auxiliary purposes, such as parking. PORT OF OAKLANDDreams of home runs soaring past Oakland's iconic white cranes and splashing into the bay water is back on the table. The Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners agreed to a one-year Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) … Continue reading Port of Oakland and A’s enter ENA for Howard Terminal

EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-12 --OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 10, starts at 9:30 a.m. ➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CYPRESS MANDELA TRAINING CENTER-- Councilmember Desley Brooks' controversial proposal to use funding derived from some voter-approved ballot measures to fund job training programs across Oakland headlines Tuesday's slate of committee hearings. Brooks … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

A’s are looking at two different Port of Oakland properties

OAKLANDOakland Athletics management identified Howard Terminal as one of five potential sites for a new ballpark in Oakland. Mayor Libby Schaaf and her predecessor Jean Quan have advocated for the same waterfront site, located just north of Jack London Square. And last week, the Athletics announced it would reveal sometime this year where they intend … Continue reading A’s are looking at two different Port of Oakland properties

Ron Cowan, Alameda mover and shaker, Harbor Bay developer, dies.

Harbor Bay Isle developer, Ron Cowan, passed away Jan. 11.APPRECIATION | In 2014, I was commissioned to write a short history of Ron Cowan's life and the building of Alameda's Harbor Bay Isle. Cowan passed away on Jan. 11, at age 82. Over the span of nine months, I listened to hours of stories about his … Continue reading Ron Cowan, Alameda mover and shaker, Harbor Bay developer, dies.

Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

Signage seen in and around Oakland in recent months urging a ban on coal in the city. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |The burning issue of coal in Oakland was snuffed out Monday night. After hours of sometimes rowdy debate, the Oakland City Council voted 7-0 to thwart a plan to ship coal through its port.The proposal was vigorously … Continue reading Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

IE supporting Miley sends hit piece just a few days before Election Day

A hit piece was sent last weekend attacking BryanParker for lacking experience.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |Too little, too late? The independent expenditure committee supporting Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley's campaign released a hit piece arriving last Saturday afternoon in the mailboxes of Pleasanton voters.Pleasanton Families for Supervisor Nate Miley, the IE behind … Continue reading IE supporting Miley sends hit piece just a few days before Election Day

Bryan Parker’s campaign received large donation from Oakland coal backer

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Bryan Parker at a forum in Castro Valley last month.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |At several public appearances, Alameda County Board of Supervisors candidate Bryan Parker has taken a stance in opposition of the controversial proposal to ship coal through the Oakland Army Base. The sentiment, nevertheless, did not … Continue reading Bryan Parker’s campaign received large donation from Oakland coal backer

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker

//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4003014/height/300/width/450/theme/legacy/direction/no/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/Bryan Parker is facing Alameda County SupervisorNate Miley in the June primary.EPISODE 16 | Alameda County District Four Board of Supervisors candidate Bryan Parker travels to my hometown of Castro Valley to lay out his strategy for unseating Nate Miley next June.Parker, a Port of Oakland commissioner who ran last year for Oakland, is facing … Continue reading LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker

P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk in the captain's chair with four Klingons.LEGISLATURE | Jerry Brown’s new budget plan freezes UC tuition, offers new tax credit for poor (Sacramento Bee) Proposals should greatly appease Democrats in the LegislatureAmnesty for traffic fines, court fees in Brown's budget (Capitol Weekly) A fantastic progressive proposalOAKLAND | Oakland district, teachers reach … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo: "Our rightto privacy is being challenged by the tools we carry,"he said, including smartphones.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Since the initial unveiling of a controversial citywide surveillance hub in Oakland in 2013, opponents have long called for a definitive privacy policy to protect citizen’s rights. Although, the scope of the proposal, known … Continue reading Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Bryan Parker Says City Needs A Greater Sense of Urgency Over A’s Deal

Bryan Parker says he still prefers a waterfront ballpark for the A'sOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker is urging the City Council to approve the contentious 10-year A’s lease deal and not play a “high-stakes game of chicken with an owner who has already suggested he does not want to be in Oakland.”Parker … Continue reading Bryan Parker Says City Needs A Greater Sense of Urgency Over A’s Deal

Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Activist before Tuesday's Oakland CityCouncil meeting in support of a resolution against transport of fossil fuels.PHOTO/Steven Tavares OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The Oakland City Council is thinking globally and acting locally. On Tuesday, it passed two resolutions hoping to do the city’s part in fighting back against the transport of fossil fuels through the East Bay and … Continue reading Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through