Kaplan to Warriors: Don’t hang a loss on county taxpayers

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplanis a former Coliseum JPA member.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is attempting a full-court press against the Golden State Warriors and the team's resistance toward repaying their $40 million share of existing Oracle Arena bond debt.Earlier this month, the reigning NBA champions moved to settle the dispute over the arena debt … Continue reading Kaplan to Warriors: Don’t hang a loss on county taxpayers

Alameda Councilman says Impeachment march gives Congress confidence to oust President Trump

IMPEACHMENT MARCHAlameda Councilmember Jim Oddie addressing marchers in San Francisco July 2 in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. PHOTOS/Zac GoldsteinBy Keegan Tatum and Zac Goldstein As an estimated 2,000 people began their march down the Embarcadero, an East Bay city councilmember laid out the path towards achieving their collective goal: impeaching President Donald Trump. Jim … Continue reading Alameda Councilman says Impeachment march gives Congress confidence to oust President Trump

After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and MC Hammerat the Warriors victory parade Thursday.ALAMEDA COUNTYOn a similar sun-swept afternoon in Oakland two years ago, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty stepped to the lectern and addressed an estimated 1 million Warriors fans at Lake Merritt following the Warriors' first NBA championship in 40 years.Haggerty's speech, though, became infamous … Continue reading After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension, with options, to play at Oracle Arena

The Warriors will continue paying $7.5 milliona year in debt service on Oracle Arena.OAKLAND COLISEUMThe Golden State Warriors are set to sign a two-year lease extension to play in Oracle Arena that will ease the transition to the new Chase Center in San Francisco set to open in late 2019.The lease deal, scheduled for discussion … Continue reading Warriors agree to 2-year lease extension, with options, to play at Oracle Arena

San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomaswants to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes within city limits.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe San Leandro City Council is set to take on the tobacco and vaping industries after its Rules Committee voted Monday to move legislation banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within city limits. The proposal includes flavored "juices" used … Continue reading San Leandro looks to ban flavored tobacco products, but falls short on menthol cigarettes

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 County may be poised to sue President Trump

ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSJust days after an executive order signed by President Trump in late January amounted to a shot across the bough of sanctuary cities, Santa Clara County and San Francisco asked a federal judge to block the order.Alameda County, which is also a declared sanctuary county, may soon follow suit. A closed … Continue reading Alameda County may be poised to sue President Trump

Warriors aversion to paying Oracle Arena debt is unchanged

Alameda County supervisors posing with theWarriors NBA championship trophy in 2015.ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSLast month, the Golden State Warriors broke ground on a new waterfront arena in San Francisco. But before they make the move across the bay, Alameda County officials expect the Warriors to remedy roughly $50 million in debt owed on Oracle … Continue reading Warriors aversion to paying Oracle Arena debt is unchanged

Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The number of Ellis Act evictions in Oakland has more than doubled in the past six months, according to the city’s rent adjustment program manager. And without greater compensation awarded to tenants to relocate to another apartment in Oakland, renters may not be able to afford to remain in the city.Last … Continue reading Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff

Alameda County prosecutor accused of conspiring with Leland Yee in FBI’s ‘Shrimp Boy’ case

Alameda County prosecutor Sharmin Bock.ALAMEDA COUNTY | An Alameda County prosecutor conspired with State Sen. Leland Yee to circumvent campaign finance law in the infamous racketeering case involving Yee and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. The comments were captured on F.B.I. wiretaps, according to a motion Tuesday by Chow for dismissal of his indictment for selective prosecution.The motion … Continue reading Alameda County prosecutor accused of conspiring with Leland Yee in FBI’s ‘Shrimp Boy’ case

OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

By Elmano GonsalvesSan Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip JohnsonOAKLAND | OPINION | Chip Johnson, it seems that your on-going vendetta against Jean Quan and the city of Oakland continues unabated. The San Francisco-centric and slanted media goes after Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as if she were Kim Kardashian. Quan makes news when she gets a parking … Continue reading OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

A Shipping crane near Jack London Square in OaklandOAKLAND | MEDIA | Crime is down dramatically in Oakland this year, and yet you'd never know it by reading the daily newspapers or watching TV news. Moreover, news reports often portray shootings and homicides as being citywide issues in Oakland, and not problems localized to certain sections of … Continue reading A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

County Supervisor Says Raiders May Seek Coliseum Lease Extension in the Fall

O.co Coliseum when the football and baseball seasons overlap.COLISEUM AUTHORITY | In February, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said he had no desire to sign another one-year lease extension to play at the aging O.co Coliseum. The inference was this was Alameda County and Oakland’s last chance to find a suitable new home for the team. … Continue reading County Supervisor Says Raiders May Seek Coliseum Lease Extension in the Fall

Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan delivered her lastState of the City Thursday night beforefacing re-election later this year.OAKLAND | STATE OF THE CITY | Oakland Mayor Jean Quan state of the city highlighted a city hoping to parlay a new sense of economic vitality into alleviating chronic crime, unemployment, academic deficiencies and gentrification. Thursday night’s annual address … Continue reading Quan’s State of the City Highlights Improving Economy; Skewers Critics

Warriors Arena Bill Clears Legislature

Proposed S.F. arena at Piers 30-32.LEGISLATURE//WARRIORS | Supporters of a bill that could hasten regulatory approval for a San Francisco arena on the water proposed by the Golden State Warriors say the legislation merely gives power back to the Bay Area.Assemblymember Phil Ting’s bill, passed the State Senate late Friday and heads to the governor’s desk for … Continue reading Warriors Arena Bill Clears Legislature