Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | It may have been Oakland’s most eventful public meeting in recent memory. Rep. Barbara Lee called for protesters to continue applying pressure toward alleviating social and economic equity and ridding the city of police brutality at a special session of the Oakland City Council. Public officials and stakeholders met to discuss … Continue reading Police and race relations in Oakland headline an eventful discussion

BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

BART's Board of Directors may enact anordinance prohibiting vaping at its stations.BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Without a doubt, smoking is banned on BART trains and its station. The use of e-cigarettes may be next.The BART Board of Directors will decide during an evening board meeting Thursday whether to add to its current prohibition of … Continue reading BART board may pull the plug on vaping at its stations

EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

JULYHayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takes theoath of office in July.>>>Hayward’s Barbara Halliday is sworn-in as mayor. She will be the first of three female mayors elected in the Greater East Bay in 2014.>>>Eighteen Hayward residents apply to fill the council seat left open by Halliday’s election to mayor, but Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez is selected … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

BART | AC TRANSIT | Incumbents in all four East Bay transportation races cruised to victory Tuesday night.BART District 4 board director Robert Raburn staved off a well-funded bid by Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam for the seat representing the island and parts of Oakland and San Leandro.Raburn's role in the BART strike riled many in … Continue reading Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Lena Tam, left,  is challenging BART Board Director Robert Raburn. A third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. ran for Oakland mayor four years ago; finishing last. BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | DISTRICT 4 | When a pair of BART strikes brought the Bay Area to a standstill last year, Robert Raburn, one of the transit agency's … Continue reading Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn

Lena TamALAMEDA COUNTY | DEMOCRATS | BART Board of Director Robert Raburn often eschews driving automobiles for public transportation and his bicycle. But, when it comes to endorsing his re-election to the board following the divisive BART strike of last year, Alameda County Democrats told him Saturday to take a hike, instead.In the most notable … Continue reading Alameda County Dems Endorse Tam Over Incumbent BART Director Raburn

12 East Bay Races to Watch This Fall

FALL ELECTION PREVIEW | The November General Election will not go down as one of the most exciting political seasons in history. The statewide ballot is devoid of a contested race. And it's pretty much the same on the federal level. However, if all politics is indeed local, the top dozen races for East Bay … Continue reading 12 East Bay Races to Watch This Fall

Renaming Oakland’s 19th Street BART Station Could Be Costly

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland's Uptown is where the cool cats play. Hip taverns and restaurants of national renown reside in the neighborhood and some want to rebrand the 19th Street BART station to reflect its resurgence. Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney proposed Tuesday to seek preliminary support for renaming the station as “19th Street/Oakland Uptown.”However, the city’s potential … Continue reading Renaming Oakland’s 19th Street BART Station Could Be Costly