Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLater this month, three Oakland councilmembers will introduce a resolution offering the city's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. before 2007 an … Continue reading Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Protesters in Berkeley last April.9TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTBefore the events last week in Charlottesville brought national focus to skirmishes between white supremacists groups and counter-protesters, East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner's district, which prominently includes Berkeley, was the epicenter of bloody clashes and debate over free speech.On the day the State Legislature returned to session … Continue reading Nancy Skinner wants crimes committed by white supremacists groups to be treated as terrorism

Oakland City Council backs inquiry, Trump impeachment: ‘I hope God blesses us with a miracle and gets rid of both Trump and Pence’

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I can't think of any of my colleagues on this council that voted for Donald Trump," said Oakland Council President Larry Reid before a number of public speakers lined up to urge the City Council to support a resolution to investigate and possibly impeach Donald Trump.He was right. The Oakland City Council unanimously … Continue reading Oakland City Council backs inquiry, Trump impeachment: ‘I hope God blesses us with a miracle and gets rid of both Trump and Pence’

BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

BART Board Director Lateefah Simonfirst proposed the transit agency becomea sanctuary for riders in March.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORSA resolution that falls short of declaring BART a so-called sanctuary for undocumented riders, but is instead labeled a "safety transit policy" was nearly unanimously approved by the BART Board of Directors Thursday.The original resolution, first proposed by … Continue reading BART approves ‘safe transit policy,’ its version of sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

Hayward finally becomes a sanctuary city

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILIt took awhile, but the Hayward City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to join eight other East Bay cities by becoming a sanctuary city.“We started talking about this just after the election,” said Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall. "It's taken us a lot of time to get here, but I'm proud of the process."It was a sentiment echoed … Continue reading Hayward finally becomes a sanctuary city

Hayward school board applies pressure on City Council to become sanctuary city

HAYWARDThe Hayward school board, and one pesky board member in particular, is adding pressure on the Hayward City Council to become a sanctuary ahead of their June 6 meeting on the subject.The school board unanimously approved a resolution last week urging all levels of government in the state to become sanctuaries. Earlier this year, the … Continue reading Hayward school board applies pressure on City Council to become sanctuary city

Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThree Oakland elected officials introduced a resolution Thursday calling for Congress to investigate all impeachable offense alleged of President Donald Trump.The symbolic resolution, authored by Oakalnd Councilmember Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, was presented to the Oakland City Council Rules Committee on Thursday morning. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker asked to be included as … Continue reading Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont's potential move from at-large to district-based elections represents the most stunning change to how the city chooses its elected leaders since its founding, said Fremont City Attorney Harvey Levine. The switch is also occurring at "lightning speed," he added during testimony before the Fremont City Council on Tuesday night.With the type of … Continue reading With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

Oakland approves city ban on companies hoping to build Trump’s wall

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen'slegislation rebuking the building of Trump'swall was approved Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILIf a business specializing on a gamut of services from construction to internet services to public relations wants to help build President's Trump controversial southern border wall, they won't be able to enter into contracts with Oakland, the City Council unanimously … Continue reading Oakland approves city ban on companies hoping to build Trump’s wall

Alameda approves resolution urging investigation of Trump, possible impeachment

A resident offers support Tuesday night forthe Alameda City Council's resolution to impeach President Trump.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda’s sharp left turn on the political spectrum continued late Tuesday night with a resolution giving support to Rep. Barbara Lee for the urging of Congress to investigate and potentially impeach President Donald Trump.The East Bay island city follows nearby … Continue reading Alameda approves resolution urging investigation of Trump, possible impeachment

Alameda City Council to take up resolution calling for Trump’s impeachment

Rosemary Jordan, a member ofAlameda4Impeachment, addressing theAlameda City Council last Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhen a few members of the public this week pressed the Alameda City Council to pass a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Trump, its likelihood seemed pie-in-the-sky.But, according to a Alameda City Council agenda posted Thursday evening, Councilmembers Malia Vella and … Continue reading Alameda City Council to take up resolution calling for Trump’s impeachment

Barbara Lee wants Steve Bannon off National Security Council

Rep. Barbara Lee voiced displeasure with Steve Bannon's appointment at a town hall Saturday.13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Barbara introduced a House bill Tuesday that seeks to remove Steve Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist, from his position on the National Security Council.“Steve Bannon’s bigoted ideology threatens the security of our nation and our international standing. … Continue reading Barbara Lee wants Steve Bannon off National Security Council

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

‘We have your back’: Alameda becomes a sanctuary city

A rally outside Alameda City Hall Tuesday in support of sanctuary city status attracted one protester displaying the photo of Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an undocumented immigrant last year in San Francisco.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda is now a sanctuary city after the City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that it believes gives some protections for residents who could potentially … Continue reading ‘We have your back’: Alameda becomes a sanctuary city

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