EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2-8.--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--BALLOT MEASURE FOR CHILDREN-- The Board of Supervisor will approve placement on the June ballot of a countywide half-cent sales tax measure to fund child care and early childhood development programs. If approved by voters with a two-thirds majority, the half-cent sales … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

Haggerty: Alameda County is not helping transportation sales tax by buying cars from elsewhere

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty says its purchasing policies, especially when it comes to big-ticket items such as automobiles, are undercutting its own ability to fund Measure BB, the countywide one-cent transportation sales tax used to rebuild the East Bay's roads.At issue was an item on the Board of Supervisor’s agenda Tuesday morning asking approval for … Continue reading Haggerty: Alameda County is not helping transportation sales tax by buying cars from elsewhere

Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

Hayward's proposed budget includes adding6.6 full-time employees for staffing the newdowntown library.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo didn’t want the City Council to ask many questions Tuesday night after they learned about the fiscal health of the city. Save it for when the council meets for an in-depth discussion on May 20, she urged. … Continue reading Hayward City Council ‘bummed’ by ballooning budget deficit

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | A bill introduced last week by Southern California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia to remove sales tax on tampons was, at first, met with skepticism from Steve Glazer, an East Bay state senator whose politics in known for its moderate flow. That is, until Glazer chose Twitter to have an intimate … Continue reading Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The uncertain economic times of year’s past appear in the rearviewmirror in San Leandro. “Things are on a significant uptick in San Leandro,” said City Manager Chris Zapata during a budget work session Monday night. The city’s proposed two-year budget estimates a $6 million surplus during the next fiscal year … Continue reading San Leandro talks of paying down unfunded debt with new revenues

Betty Weed?

CONTROLLER | When an election with close 4 million votes cast comes down to a difference of a mere 481 votes, the cause of the winning margin can be attributed to thousands of different minute factors. Weather is often a culprit, but maybe just as much as 500 people who would have otherwise voted for … Continue reading Betty Weed?

Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidyand former Mayor Tony Santos are stillrivals four years later.SAN LEANDRO | Former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos says the current mayor should apologize to residents for opposing a quarter percent sales tax increase four years ago that ultimately helped the city escape the Great Recession.This week, San Leandro Mayor Stephen … Continue reading Former San Leandro Mayor Calls Out Current One for Stance on Tax Measure

Haggerty Vows to Deliver Tri Valley Votes for Latest County Transportation Measure

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggertyopening the campaign Tuesday for Measure BB.ALAMEDA COUNTY | TRANSPORTATION | The loss of Measure B, the Alameda County transportation sales tax measure defeated two years ago by a razor’s edge, was a problematic electoral setback almost immediately after the last ballot was counted in November 2012. Many described the campaign … Continue reading Haggerty Vows to Deliver Tri Valley Votes for Latest County Transportation Measure

San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Nearly four years after voters in San Leandro approved a much-needed sales tax measure viewed by many to have helped the city escape the worst of the Great Recession, city leaders will again ask them to extend the half-cent increase next fall for another 30 years.The San Leandro City Council … Continue reading San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

Kaplan Controversy May Undermine Crucial Transportation Measure

Rebecca Kaplan with former aide, nowcampaign manager Jason OvermanPHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan may have circumvented campaign finance rules when she paid staffer for her 2010 mayoral run from a expenditure committee set up for a local transportation measure. However, the appearance of impropriety could greatly undermine a second effort to … Continue reading Kaplan Controversy May Undermine Crucial Transportation Measure

Cassidy Pads Resume with Falsehoods when Truth is more Compelling

CAMPAIGN 2014 | SAN LEANDRO | Politicians take credit for things. It’s a fact of life that becomes amplified during campaign season. So, it’s no surprise San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is pumping up his resume over the last four years in office with accomplishments that may more credibly belong to others. The things is, … Continue reading Cassidy Pads Resume with Falsehoods when Truth is more Compelling

Swalwell: I’m Liberal! But not for the East Bay, says Rankings

Talking out Both Sides of their Mouths Edition | What was Schaaf Thinking? | Zany ZermenoCHAPTER 5 | Apparently, being called out for numerous lapses of ethical conduct is a problem than can be worked out for Rep. Eric Swalwell. However, don’t you dare call him a moderate! Over the past few years, Swalwell has … Continue reading Swalwell: I’m Liberal! But not for the East Bay, says Rankings

The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014

San Leandro City Council Preview835 East 14th Street, San LeandroMonday, Mar. 3, 2014, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter Hashtag: #slmtg>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDReconstructed Burrell Field in San Leandro.PACIFIC SPORTS COMPLEX AGREEMENT Four years ago, San Leandro voters approved a $50 million school bond to reconstruct the notoriously decrepit Burrell Field (the sports complex … Continue reading The Skinny: San Leandro City Council Preview, Mar. 3, 2014

Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot

Alameda Health System received $88 millionin tax revenue last year from Measure A. ELECTION 2014 | ALAMEDA COUNTY | Nearly every government agency seeking a ballot measure this election cycle characterizes its important in dire terms, but some come with a ring of truth. On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the first step toward … Continue reading Reauthorization of County Health Care Half-Cent Sales Tax Heads to June Ballot