No cause evictions nearly banned by Alameda City Council

Alameda renters groups at a rally before Tuesdaynight's City Council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda’s new progressive city council majority fell a vote short early Wednesday morning of banning evictions without cause, an issue hotly-debated by island voters during last fall’s election.Tuesday night’s agenda featured the first annual review of Alameda’s rent stabilization ordinance passed by the … Continue reading No cause evictions nearly banned by Alameda City Council

Hayward school district raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

Hayward school board trustee Luis Reynososays city and county leaders have done nothingto increase the minimum wage. HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD |After the Hayward school board unanimously approved a resolution giving its unrepresented employees a boost in wages to $15 an hour on Wednesday, school board trustee Luis Reynoso said he wants to make it city and countywide."Our … Continue reading Hayward school district raises minimum wage to $15 an hour

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

MAY>>>A major police scandal breaks in Oakland after a then-underage sex worker says she was involved sexually with numerous Oakland police officers. Officers from other local jurisdictions were also involved with the woman known as “Celeste Guap.” Police Chief Sean Whent resigns and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf seeks to identify the leakers of the scandal. … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

East Bay renters advocates gather last monthin Hayward.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |After nearly two years of activism, Alameda's more stringent rent control initiative performed miserably at the polls Tuesday night.Island voters rejected Measure M1, which would have limited annual rent increases to a percentage of the Consumer Price Index, while also indicating support … Continue reading Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

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

EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

ELECTION 2016 | This year is a presidential election and all eyes will be on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. However, when it comes to down ballot races in the East Bay, this is not the most electrifying local election, by any means. For instance, local campaign for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly, … Continue reading EAST BAY’S TOP 10 MOST INTRIGUING RACES THIS NOVEMBER

Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Alameda renters at the Bay View Apartments.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |A potentially nasty campaign against Alameda's rent control initiative appears to have begun. In the past few days, some Alamedans have reported a telephone survey seeking responses, they say, that include a bias against the rent control initiative appearing on the November ballot.The sponsor of … Continue reading Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Is Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog reallyfearful of the rent control measure passing or justgiving its proponents a false sense of security?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |With two rent measures now slated for the ballot--down from a possible four a few weeks ago--the next three months will be crucial for both sides.The Alameda Renters Coalition's already formidable grassroots … Continue reading Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda renters from the Bay View Apartmentsat a press conference Monday afternoon at City Hall to oppose the City Council's rent initiative.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda residents will have two rent-related ballot initiatives to ponder this November after the city council voted Monday night to place a competing measure on the fall ballot.The city’s measure, based on … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda County Democrats endorse Alameda’s rent control initiative

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan addressesthe Alameda County Democratic Central CommitteeWednesday in San Leandro.ALAMEDA | The bid to bring rent control to Alameda received the backing of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Wednesday. The endorsement by the progressive group of elected leaders allows proponents of the rent control initiative to begin using the notable endorsement … Continue reading Alameda County Democrats endorse Alameda’s rent control initiative

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog at Tuesday night's meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda’s rent control initiative now has a roommate on the November ballot after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a version of its recently passed rent stabilization ordinance on the November 8 ballot. The council's measure joins the already … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda mayor opposes rent control measure, while others begin to take sides

Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft,Frank Matarrese and Mayor Trish Spencer duringa hearing Tuesday on various rent measures.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer said Tuesday that she unequivocally opposes the tenant-driven rent control initiative now slated for the November ballot. The stance is not surprising. She has told the renters’ group the same thing in … Continue reading Alameda mayor opposes rent control measure, while others begin to take sides

Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda Community Developement DirectorDebbie Potter at Tuesday's council meeting.ALAMEDA | RENTS | Alameda voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to enact rent control on the Island. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office on Wednesday certified the renters-backed measure for the November ballot, setting the stage for a contentious fall campaign … Continue reading Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda city staff floats placing recently approved rent ordinance on the ballot

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Could there possibly be a fourth rent-related Alameda ballot measure posturing for the fall ballot? This one backed by the Alameda City Council?As it stands, word on whether a rent control ballot measure backed by local tenants will qualify for the November ballot should come this week, while another backed by … Continue reading Alameda city staff floats placing recently approved rent ordinance on the ballot

Alameda County set to place affordable housing bond on the November ballot

Alameda County Supervisors Scott Haggertyand Richard Valle.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | During a meeting earlier this year, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty was nearly in tears.The lack of affordable housing that has created so much fear in the East Bay and, in many cases, has forced residents to move elsewhere, had reached his inner sanctum.His … Continue reading Alameda County set to place affordable housing bond on the November ballot