Tony Thurmond eyeing statewide office in 2018; others already coveting his Assembly seat

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond may beitching for a move to higher office in 2018.15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAfter just one term representing Richmond, Berkeley and parts of Oakland in the 15th Assembly District, Tony Thurmond is showing strong interest in running for the state superintendent of public instruction seat opening in the fall of 2018, according to numerous sources … Continue reading Tony Thurmond eyeing statewide office in 2018; others already coveting his Assembly seat

Immigrants in Alameda County are disenrolling from services, kids not attending school

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Vallerepresents numerous immigrant populationsin District 2. PHOTO/Matt SantosALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORSA sense of panic within immigrant communities in Alameda County is pushing residents to discontinue accessing county social services due to fears their personal information will lead to deportations. High absenteeism among immigrant students is also resulting from uncertainty over President Trump’s … Continue reading Immigrants in Alameda County are disenrolling from services, kids not attending school

Hayward school district’s spring special election will cost $600k

Hayward school trustees Annette Walker andLisa Brunner during a press conference last year.Both voted to put a $88 parcel tax measure on the special election ballot this May.HAYWARD USDA Hayward school parcel tax that has generated more than $11 million since its passage four years ago is due to sunset at the end of June. But the … Continue reading Hayward school district’s spring special election will cost $600k

OAKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT SITTING ON $37 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT

OAKLAND | On his way out the door for a similar job in Washington D.C., Oakland Superintendent of Schools Antwan Wilson had some sobering news for the city's chronically-struggling school district: A hemorrhaging budget deficit that could reach $37 million, according to a report Monday.It's been more than a decade after the Oakland school district … Continue reading OAKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT SITTING ON $37 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT

Video shows Alameda mayor supporting tax measure she now opposes, while labeling city’s schools unsafe

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Before Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer became a staunch opponent of the city’s utility users tax ballot measure, she was a strong supporter of the initiative that will secure $5 million in annual revenue, if approved this November.Earlier this month, Spencer wrote a blistering opposition statement to the city-backed measure, along with … Continue reading Video shows Alameda mayor supporting tax measure she now opposes, while labeling city’s schools unsafe

Ellen Corbett’s next step is improving education in Hayward

Hayward schools get a boost from the additionof Ellen Corbett.HAYWARD | Ellen Corbett's near future will be with the Hayward Unified School District. The termed out former State Senate majority leader accepted a position last week within the school district's administration.The announcement ends speculation as to what would be Corbett's next career move following her … Continue reading Ellen Corbett’s next step is improving education in Hayward

Brunner, McGee Win Re-Election To Hayward School Board; School Bond Measure Easily Passes

HAYWARD | SCHOOL BOARD | Incumbents Lisa Brunner and William McGee won re-election to the Hayward school board Tuesday night. Two seats were open to just three candidates.Brunner, who along with McGee, were both elected four years ago, won 42 percent of the vote. McGee, who served as board president last year, garnered 31 percent. Hayward … Continue reading Brunner, McGee Win Re-Election To Hayward School Board; School Bond Measure Easily Passes

Hayward School Superintendent Is Finalist For Berkeley Job

Dr. Donald Evans was named Haywardsuperintendent in Nov. 2011.HAYWARD | The superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District is a finalist for the same position in Berkeley, The Citizen has learned. Berkeley Unified will formally announce Dr. Donald Evans is a finalist for the position Friday morning, according to sources.Evans's interest in seeking employment outside … Continue reading Hayward School Superintendent Is Finalist For Berkeley Job

After Suspending Committees, San Leandro Makes Exception For School Relations Group

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | To ease a strain on city resources in San Leandro last fall, the City Council suspended its collection of standing committees, including two of which were related to the area's school districts. This week, however, it reversed course and approved considerations for creating a city and school board relations committee.Several councilmembers, including Mayor Stephen … Continue reading After Suspending Committees, San Leandro Makes Exception For School Relations Group

Hancock Emphasizes Education Legislation, Gun Control

STATE SENATE//LEGISLATIVE UPDATE | State Sen. Loni Hancock delivered a total of 19 bills these past two months with a clear emphasis on education. However, Hancock’s most famous bill dealt with firearms and was introduced with State Senator Darrel Steinberg last month.State Sen. Loni HancockThe firearms bill is complementary to assemblywoman and fellow Berkeley resident, Nancy Skinner’s … Continue reading Hancock Emphasizes Education Legislation, Gun Control

Bonta’s Bills Have A Decidedly Local Flavor For Steps Curbing Gun Violence

Asm. Rob BontaASSEMBLY//LEGISLATIVE UPDATE | When Oakland Assemblyman Rob Bonta was named chair of a select committee on curbing gun violence in the East Bay, it came as no surprise. Five of Bonta’s crop of 19 pieces of legislation deal specifically with guns in a district dominated by the city’s continually high rate of homicide.In … Continue reading Bonta’s Bills Have A Decidedly Local Flavor For Steps Curbing Gun Violence

Mayor To Hayward: With Better Schools, Your Home Could Be Worth $100k More!

HAYWARD | Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney says the city is going nowhere fast unless it improves its consistently flagging schools.“We’re at the bottom,” said Sweeney, while pointing to a chart before residents Wednesday at a neighborhood state of the city address. “We’re the lowest performing school in Alameda County. Take a long look at that. … Continue reading Mayor To Hayward: With Better Schools, Your Home Could Be Worth $100k More!

Assembly Candidates Bonta, Guillen Push Populist Streak At San Leandro Forum

Rob Bonta, Abel GuillenELECTION ‘12//ASSEMBLY 18 | With the days tumbling quickly towards election day, 18th Assembly District candidates Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen unfurled noticeable shades of populism during a forum Wednesday night in San Leandro. Both progressives stances came into sharp relief on the subject of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension reform bill quickly passed … Continue reading Assembly Candidates Bonta, Guillen Push Populist Streak At San Leandro Forum

Amid Affair Allegations, Hayward School Board To Discuss Its Code Of Conduct

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | Even if the impropriety of two school board members allegedly having an affair seems like a no-no on many different levels, the Hayward school district's bylaws are silent on the subject of secret romantic interludes among its members.The rules are notably silent on the conduct of school board members and have … Continue reading Amid Affair Allegations, Hayward School Board To Discuss Its Code Of Conduct

Thirty-One East Bay Schools Uncertified For Quakes Over Decade

16 IN FREMONT; 5 IN CASTRO VALLEY; 4 IN SAN LEANDRO; 3 IN HAYWARD; 2 IN SAN LORENZO COULD PUT CHILDREN AT RISKBy Steven TavaresMcKinley Elementary in San Leandro has been uncertified by state earthquake standards for over a decade.A large number of East Bay public schools have languished for over a decade on a lengthy list … Continue reading Thirty-One East Bay Schools Uncertified For Quakes Over Decade