EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

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

INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

◼Is Libby trying to give Kaplan the Schaaf?◼Fremont councilmember's flippant defense◼Assembly candidate could be risking union's wrath◼Ellen Corbett's curiously busy lately.Before Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan gained a seat on the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District board (BAAQMD), the city had been without direct representation since the early 90s. The primary importance for East … Continue reading INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15-21--BERKELEY-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--MOVE TO REPEAL PEPPER SPRAY ORDINANCE-- Last September, the City Council approved authorization for the police department to include pepper spray under its use-of-force policy. Pepper spray had been prohibited under the 1997 city ordinance, but the outbreak of conflicts this year between protesters … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

EBC AGENDA | July 7-13 | OAKLAND’s border wall plan; ALAMEDA COUNTY to expand Laura’s Law; KAPLAN wants to revoke ICE deal; ARREGUIN holds state of the city

THE WEEK OF JULY 7-13The extended Fourth of July weekend is behind us, although many East Bay politicos and government workers are likely looking ahead to the annual August Recess, which shuts down local government for a month and forces yours truly to scramble for something to write about. Meanwhile another busy week in East … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | July 7-13 | OAKLAND’s border wall plan; ALAMEDA COUNTY to expand Laura’s Law; KAPLAN wants to revoke ICE deal; ARREGUIN holds state of the city

Oakland and San Leandro make banking statements

San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee isleading the push for divestment of Wells Fargo.OAKLAND | SAN LEANDROBig banks took a big hit in East Bay politics last week. The Oakland City Council voted to cease its relationship with JP Morgan Chase. Then quickly reversed an apparently haphazard decision after realizing, on second thought, the absence of … Continue reading Oakland and San Leandro make banking statements

Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanat Standing Rock in late November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLast November, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan braved blisteringly cold weather to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The project along with the Keystone XL pipeline, another project strongly opposed by environmentalists, was subsequently blocked by President Obama, only to be set back in motion Tuesday … Continue reading Kaplan to CalPERS: Divest from Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines

2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

SEPTEMBERSen. Bernie Sanders>>>Progressive darling and former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders puts his imprint on the Berkeley mayoral race by endorsing Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. >>>San Leandro City Council moves to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, two full years quicker than the state mandate of 2022. Starting in July 2017, the city’s minimum wage … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 3 – Khanna heads to Congress; Oakland moves to keep the Raiders; Ghost Ship tragedy; East Bay responds to Trump

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

JANUARY>>>During a frigid Alameda City Council meeting that lasted until 4 a.m., struggling renters win an extension for a moratorium on rent increases that will lead the way to an ordinance approved in March.“If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”-Oakland … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

Oakland reaffirms sanctuary city status; urges for statewide designation

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A sense of dread over the incoming presidency of Donald Trump may have been alleviated at least for a few hours Tuesday after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming its status as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.The decision is seen as a rebuke, however of Trump’s anti-immigrant … Continue reading Oakland reaffirms sanctuary city status; urges for statewide designation

President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

Peggy Moore's years of work for President Obama'scampaigns finally paid off Saturday.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |ELECTION 2016 |With just four days before Election Day, Oakland City Council candidate Peggy Moore received an enormous boost in her bid to unseat At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan--President Obama's endorsement.News of the president's endorsement was first reported early Saturday morning … Continue reading President Obama backs Oakland at-large council candidate Peggy Moore

With dearth of competitive races in Oakland, campaign money is not flowing

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan duringa forum in Oakland this summer.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan's campaign finance report appears at first glance to be robust. Kaplan is the only incumbent of five councilmembers on the ballot this November facing modest competition. Kaplan raised $49,535 over the last three months, according to … Continue reading With dearth of competitive races in Oakland, campaign money is not flowing

Kaplan stands in solidarity with Kaepernick, but will she sit for the cause?

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan duringa council meeting two years ago.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem three weeks ago. The act of defiance to protest the treatment of African Americans in this country sparked a national discussion. Last weekend, television cameras scanned the sidelines in search for football players following … Continue reading Kaplan stands in solidarity with Kaepernick, but will she sit for the cause?

One more time, says Barbara Lee, I didn’t endorse Oakland council candidate

Peggy Moore during a candidate forum inOakland last month.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |Oakland At-Large City Council candidate Peggy Moore said last month it was an error that a push poll advocating for her campaign included the endorsement of Rep. Barbara Lee and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond.Neither had offered their backing and Moore apologized for the mistake. The … Continue reading One more time, says Barbara Lee, I didn’t endorse Oakland council candidate

State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat

Peggy Moore filed an intention to run Wednesday for Oakland's at-large council seat.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | AT-LARGE |Peggy Moore, one of the East Bay’s best and brightest political apparatchiks is poised to become highest-profile challenger yet for any of the five open seats on the Oakland City Council.Moore, a member of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office and … Continue reading State political director for Hillary Clinton to run for Oakland’s at-large council seat