EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

THE WEEK OF MAY 4-10--HAYWARD-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--SOUTH HAYWARD HOUSING-- "The proposed project will result in development of approximately 25 acres of underutilized and mainly vacant land located near the South Hayward BART Station into a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood composed of 472 mixed-income, multi-family rental and for-sale town home-style units, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAY 4-10 | Haggerty spending $10k on furniture; SAN LEANDRO parcel tax?; 472-units in HAYWARD

With A’s in mind, Alameda County Supervisors seek to sell Coliseum interests to Oakland

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSWith hopes of paving the way for the Oakland Athletics to build a new ballpark at the current Coliseum complex, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced they will formally enter into negotiations to sell their portion of the property to the city of Oakland."The Board renewed its decision to sell in … Continue reading With A’s in mind, Alameda County Supervisors seek to sell Coliseum interests to Oakland

Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

ALCO BOARD OF SUEPRVISORSAfter years of vehement opposition by progressive and minority groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon decided to end funding for Urban Shield after this year."Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today's vote," said Alameda County Keith Carson, in making a motion to end the event, as it is … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

Charles Plummer, former Alameda County sheriff known for creating ‘Cardinal Sins’ police training guidelines , dies at 87

Former Alameda County Charles Plummerwas first elected in 1986 and served 20 years.ALAMEDA COUNTYCharles Plummer, who served 20 of his 54 years in law enforcement serving as Alameda County sheriff, passed away Monday. He was 87.Stern in a paternal way, Plummer appeared to perfectly fit the mold of a mid-20th Century law man. Referring to … Continue reading Charles Plummer, former Alameda County sheriff known for creating ‘Cardinal Sins’ police training guidelines , dies at 87

County supervisor lectured Alameda’s mayor after she did not support ballot measure that benefits her city’s interests

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera SpencerALAMEDA CTC The nine-county regional ballot measure this June to raise an estimated $4.5 billion for local transportation projects, includes significant funding for Bay Area ferries, which are immensely popularity in places like Alameda.But when the Alameda County Transportation Commission voted last Feb. 1 to issue support for the initiative, known as … Continue reading County supervisor lectured Alameda’s mayor after she did not support ballot measure that benefits her city’s interests

In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

Tuesday's resolution will allow AlamedaCounty's two medical cannabis dispensariesto seek state licenses for adult-use.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSUnincorporated Alameda County's two medical cannabis dispensaries would be financially impacted if not allowed to sell recreational cannabis starting next month, said the Alameda County's Director of Community Development.A majority of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday, … Continue reading In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

Man known as "Papa John" dies. Helped save San Leandro Hospital from certain closure

"Papa John" Kalafatich passed away Nov. 22He was 80.APPRECIATIONJohn Kalafatich is a big man. He doesn't use his size to intimidate, nor does he raise his voice very often. His face is ruggedly ringed with a white beard and topped by a thick mane of gray hair. He conveys a point without a word said, … Continue reading Man known as "Papa John" dies. Helped save San Leandro Hospital from certain closure

ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

ALAMEDA COUNTYThe serious lack of affordable housing in the East Bay was clearly apparent to voters in Alameda County last year with approval of Measure A1, a $580 million general obligation bond to help foster new ownership of affordable housing and units for renters.On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally approved the issuance … Continue reading ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

CONGRESSBefore Rep. Ro Khanna dropped fellow Alameda County Rep. Barbara Lee's name today as a possible progressive challenge to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday that she is running for re-election next year, the idea of such a run was mostly the dreams of her uber progressive constituents in the East Bay.In fact, on several … Continue reading Khanna floats Lee for U.S. Senate: A look at the political earthquake that would hit the East Bay

EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

THE WEEK OCTOBER 6-12 --OAKLAND-- City Council committee hearings, Tuesday, Oct. 10, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--FOX THEATER LOANS-- Debts from the iconic theater's $47.5 million renovation a decade ago is proposed to be transferred from the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency (ORSA) to the city. Then it … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | OCT 6-12 | Fox Theater is a white elephant; affordable housing for OAKLAND’s Brooklyn Basin; SAN LEANDRO shoreline update

Calls for elected representation are stirring once again in unincorporated Castro Valley

Alameda County Superivsor Nate Miley, right,along with Castro Valley Matters PresidentMichael Kusiak, at an Eden Area LivabilityInitiative meeting Thursday in San Lorenzo.CASTRO VALLEYA group of Castro Valley residents are once again advocating not for incorporation, at least not just yet, but some semblance of self-determination in the form of electing members to the town’s quasi-govervance … Continue reading Calls for elected representation are stirring once again in unincorporated Castro Valley

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

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

Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Texas-based Paramedics Plus won a controversialcontract for Alameda County EMS services in2010, but has financially struggled ever since.ALAMEDA COUNTYThe three-year extension of a controversial Alameda County contract for emergency ambulance services was moved forward by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, but not without both sides recognizing the relationship’s future is doubtful.The Alameda County Board of … Continue reading Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County supervisors will wait another week before appointing a new treasurer-tax collector while the powerful Service Employees International Union Local 1021 decides which of the four candidates to endorse.The four candidates are former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, accountant Henry Levy, Castro Valley Unified School District assistant superintendent Dr. Candi Clark, and current assistant … Continue reading Alameda County supes await labor union’s choice before appointing next treasurer-tax collector