ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Clockwise from left: Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog; Lena Tam, Malia Vella, and Jennifer Roloff are seeking two open seats this November. MEET THE CANDIDATESThis five-person race is led by the incumbents. Councilmember MARILYN EZZY ASHCRAFT was easily the leading vote-getter four years ago with nearly a quarter of the vote. She supports smart … Continue reading ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Khanna Makes a Sly Opening Statement for Attracting Moderates, GOP Voters

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | A Santa Clara County activist's praise for Ro Khanna's help in avoiding a newly built public library from becoming an embarrassing white elephant, may represent the campaign utilizing a bit of sleight of hand to attract Republican voters in November.For some, the story of the Northside Library in Santa Clara … Continue reading Khanna Makes a Sly Opening Statement for Attracting Moderates, GOP Voters

In San Leandro, And Alameda County As A Whole, Homelessness Persists Without Resources

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Homelessness is a topic commonly swept under the rug not only in America at-large, but all over Alameda County. The San Leandro City Council, this week, discussed those living in the shadows. Although no new plan was unveiled to tackle homelessness, Councilmember Ursula Reed, who had requested the item to be discussed … Continue reading In San Leandro, And Alameda County As A Whole, Homelessness Persists Without Resources

With Redevelopment Dissolved, Oakland Looks For New A Solution To Support Affordable Housing

OAKALND CITY COUNCIL | An ordinance setting-aside up to 25 percent of Oakland’s future property tax dollars from the state for affordable housing, if passed later this month, could become a bulwark against significant losses in redevelopment funds, while igniting historical sensitivities over where to place future projects.The potential ordinance, approved Tuesday by the Oakland Community … Continue reading With Redevelopment Dissolved, Oakland Looks For New A Solution To Support Affordable Housing

With A Bright Future Ahead, Alameda Officially Takes Control Of Alameda Point

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore signs the conveyance of Alameda Point June 24 with Roger Natsuhara, assistant secretary of the Navy. PHOTO/Steven TavaresALAMEDA//DEVELOPMENT | Sixteen years after the Alameda’s Naval Air Station closed forever, the U.S. officially conveyed the scenic, but still toxic Alameda Point back to the city of Alameda.“Come to Alameda Point,” said Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore. … Continue reading With A Bright Future Ahead, Alameda Officially Takes Control Of Alameda Point

Despite Past Turmoil, Armas Remains On Hayward’s Redevelopment Successor Agency

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Hayward's disgraced former school board President Jesus Armas chose not to run for re-election last year following reports of an affair with a former board member, however, Armas still remains as the school district’s representative on the Hayward Successor Agency Oversight Board (HSAOB) despite no longer being a school district trustee.Since he stepped … Continue reading Despite Past Turmoil, Armas Remains On Hayward’s Redevelopment Successor Agency

Hayashi Attacks Valle’s Executive Pay At Tri-CED; Valle Calls Her ‘Thief’ After Forum

ELECTION '12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi lobbed the first of many direct attacks at appointed Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters forum when she criticized the supervisor of accepting a raise as a non-profit CEO for Tri-CEd in 2009 during the Great Recession to which Valle … Continue reading Hayashi Attacks Valle’s Executive Pay At Tri-CED; Valle Calls Her ‘Thief’ After Forum

San Leandro Housing Development Meets The New Realities Of The Post-RDA Era

SAN LEANDROApril 9, 2012 | A poor economy coupled with the end of redevelopment agencies has transformed a once-hyped downtown housing strategy in San Leandro into an opportunity for a local tech company to expand its footprint beside the San Leandro BART station.The San Leandro City Council, in a work session Monday night, will hear proposed changes to the San … Continue reading San Leandro Housing Development Meets The New Realities Of The Post-RDA Era

Cassidy Says Respect For Public Employees Is Not Based Upon Dollar $igns

SAN LEANDROApril 3, 2012 | It's no coincidence San Leandro city employees are beginning to voice opposition to Mayor Stephen Cassidy and his treatment of city worker by lobbing words like "respect" and "dignity" as he continues to drive some of the most hostile anti-labor venom of any public official in the East Bay. Monday … Continue reading Cassidy Says Respect For Public Employees Is Not Based Upon Dollar $igns

County Cities Stock Redevelopment Oversight Boards While Ceding More Local Control

END OF REDEVELOPMENTFeb. 17, 2012 | Alameda County cities are preparing for the next step in what officials complain is a stripping of local control of government. As redevelopment agencies go by the wayside, a spate of successor groups are beginning the process of appointing representatives to their respective oversight boards.Next Tuesday, San Leandro will be one … Continue reading County Cities Stock Redevelopment Oversight Boards While Ceding More Local Control

Hayward’s Call to Arms Fails To Be Heard By Apathetic Public

HAYWARDJan. 16, 2012 | On most nights, plenty of seat are available for those curious enough to witness the gears of government at Hayward's plush City Council chambers. Aside from a few instances of pomp and circumstance over the last few years, rarely have the residents of Hayward been rallied to speak up. Apathy is rampant at … Continue reading Hayward’s Call to Arms Fails To Be Heard By Apathetic Public

East Bay Cities Begin Task Of Taking Over Redevelopment Agencies

END OF REDEVELOPMENTHAYWARD | Jan. 11, 2012 | While councilmembers in San Leandro and Hayward moved swiftly, but quite reluctantly to take responsibility for the winding down of their respective redevelopment agencies this week, officials in Oakland took extra time to approve the governor's controversial no-win plan for cities.Tax municipalities have until this Friday to … Continue reading East Bay Cities Begin Task Of Taking Over Redevelopment Agencies

Alameda County Supervisors Lay Into Dissolution of Redevelopment

END OF REDEVELOPMENTALAMEDA COUNTYJan. 10, 2012 | A seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is one of the safest seats in the East Bay. So, when a supervisors speaks on a controversial issue like the end of redevelopment agencies they find little incentive to hold back their true feelings."I'm both sad and angry," … Continue reading Alameda County Supervisors Lay Into Dissolution of Redevelopment

Despite Bleak Future, Redevelopment Ruling Won’t Impact Many Current Local Projects

Dec. 29, 2011 | The Legislature giveth redevelopment agencies and the Legislature can taketh, ruled the State Supreme Court Thursday.The court's ruling to maintain the legality of Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial plan to end redevelopment agencies and divert property tax revenue to the state will lead to a quick $1.7 billion fix to the state's budget problems … Continue reading Despite Bleak Future, Redevelopment Ruling Won’t Impact Many Current Local Projects

County Funds Renovation Of Alameda’s Islander Motel For Persons With AIDS

BOS ROUNDUPNov. 22, 2011 | The dank, often seedy rooms of the Islander Motel in Alameda will soon become a 61-studio housing project aimed at low-income occupants with a portion of the units set aside for people with HIV/AIDS. The project was approved Tuesday by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.The renovation of the unadorned and … Continue reading County Funds Renovation Of Alameda’s Islander Motel For Persons With AIDS