2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSControversy hit two historically quiet East Bay hamlets during the summer months. First, came Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler's Facebook postings and conversation that denigrated African Americans and the LGBT communities. Piedmonters called Wieler out for comments. He apologized but the rancor was too much for his council colleagues who urged … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

THE WEEK OCTOBER 6-12 --OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 10, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--FOX THEATER LOANS-- Debts from the iconic theater's $47.5 million renovation a decade ago is proposed to be transferred from the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency (ORSA) to the city. Then it … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

Oakland’s public bank feasibility study opens its account

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILSusan Harman, an Oakland activist and member of an advocacy group hoping to create potential ground-breaking public bank in Oakland held the head of fierce red dragon at Tuesday's city council meeting. The puppet head to Harman represented the group's last obstacle to a month's long push merely to convince city leaders to … Continue reading Oakland’s public bank feasibility study opens its account

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15-21Without a doubt, affordable housing is the biggest issue facing the East Bay. Last week, the state legislature delivered some help to alleviate the crisis, but only time will tell if the wisdom of allowing developers a quick path to building more housing was ultimately pan out. The potential loss of … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 8-14 | BERKELEY strives for nipple equality; OAKLAND burglaries up; Sheriff wants $$ for OT; water thieves get leniency

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8-14A hallmark of 2017 in the East Bay is that many of the issues in previous year that usually focus solely on the national level are flooding down to the local level on a regular basis. For the most part, thank President Trump. This week both the Oakland City Council and … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 8-14 | BERKELEY strives for nipple equality; OAKLAND burglaries up; Sheriff wants $$ for OT; water thieves get leniency

Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward was originally one of the first cities in the East Bay to allow medical cannabis dispensaries. But after concerns over the safety of its dispensaries, including one instance when the current mayor toured one such establishment while it was being robbed, the Hayward City Council closed them down and placed a moratorium … Continue reading Hayward City Council tells city manager to begin accepting applications for cannabis permits

Oakland public bank study put on hold while city passes the hat around to cannabis interests

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILDuring the Oakland City Council committee stage, at least one Oakland councilmember consistently urged stakeholders in the city's cannabis business community to fund a proposed $100,000 public bank feasibility study rather than using the depleted general fund. Councilmember Noel Gallo's idea was never elaborated upon by his colleagues until Tuesday night and the … Continue reading Oakland public bank study put on hold while city passes the hat around to cannabis interests

EBC AGENDA | June 16-22 | OAKLAND public bank study, SAN LEANDRO tackles tenant relocation fees, Mega town hall

THE WEEK OF JUNE 16-22It's so early in the process of whether Oakland and more likely a consortium of East Bay cities go into the banking and lending business that we've heard a peep from Big Bank. Richmond and Berkeley reported are interested in joining the public bank group. Based on recent progressive actions, Alameda … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 16-22 | OAKLAND public bank study, SAN LEANDRO tackles tenant relocation fees, Mega town hall

Oakland public bank feasibility study moves forward

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland officials are putting a down payment on the possible creation of a public bank. The Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee approved the allocation Tuesday of $100,000 to study the feasibility of the potentially landmark public bank in Oakland, or possibly regionally.The proposed public bank would give Oakland residents in underserved … Continue reading Oakland public bank feasibility study moves forward

EBC AGENDA | June 9-15 | OAKLAND public bank; Budget deliberations; FREMONT redistricting approval; AC TRANSIT fleet study

THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-15The kids are out of school and summer is almost officially here. It's another big week in East Bay government. Here's your highlights:➤Budgets in Oakland and Hayward near approval before the June 30 deadline.➤Oakland's public bank proposal comes back to committee➤AC Transit's ridership is down, but smaller buses might not be … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | June 9-15 | OAKLAND public bank; Budget deliberations; FREMONT redistricting approval; AC TRANSIT fleet study

Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThe momentum for Oakland becoming only the second public bank in the entire country was slowed Tuesday when an Oakland City Council committee declined to support a feasibility study worth $100,000.A majority of the Finance and Management Committee strongly questioned whether the proposal recommended by city staff was sufficient to conduct a thorough … Continue reading Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

EBC AGENDA — April 21-27 — HAYWARD to approve 476-unit housing project – New ALAMEDA COUNTY treasurer? — OAKLAND public bank — Congressional TOWN HALLS

THE WEEK OF APRIL 21-27When Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector Donald White decided to hang 'em up last year, the news seemed plausible. White had served the county for three decades, so retirement was obvious. However, his decision to retire during the middle of his four-year term is a standard Alameda County trick and always stifles … Continue reading EBC AGENDA — April 21-27 — HAYWARD to approve 476-unit housing project – New ALAMEDA COUNTY treasurer? — OAKLAND public bank — Congressional TOWN HALLS

Oakland eyes creating public bank to help city’s underserved, cannabis industry

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A proposed resolution setting the stage for Oakland to begin studying the feasibility of a public bank was approved Tuesday by the Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee.The idea of a city-owned public bank, first proposed by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, is intended to fill the gap for Oakland small businesses … Continue reading Oakland eyes creating public bank to help city’s underserved, cannabis industry