With Bitcoin booming, Bryan Parker’s idea of using it to uplift Oakland isn’t looking so crazy

Former Oakland mayoral candidate BryanParker says the city missed an opportunitywith Bitcoin for reason greater than finances.OAKLANDAs Oakland voters headed to the polls during the November 2014 mayoral election, the cost of a single Bitcoin was roughly $350. Last December, the astronomical success of Bitcoin saw the cryptocurrency top $19,000. Today, one Bitcoin is worth … Continue reading With Bitcoin booming, Bryan Parker’s idea of using it to uplift Oakland isn’t looking so crazy

No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

Hayward Councilmember Greg Jones said the cityneeds an emergency homeless shelter.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Homelessness in Hayward continues to be a vexing problem for its city council. While the problem exists in the city and primarily in its struggling downtown area, the council struggled to reach a consensus this week for solutions or even initial … Continue reading No consensus from Hayward leaders for combatting homelessness

Despite positive indicators, Alameda County’s deficit is same as lastyear

CHART/Alameda CountyBUDGET | Alameda County’s budget funding gap for the 2015-16 fiscal year is $65 million. The shortfall was announced Wednesday in Oakland at a county budget work group meeting and is roughly the same as the $67.1 million deficit the county closed last year.The budget estimated released to department heads and community-based organizations, though, … Continue reading Despite positive indicators, Alameda County’s deficit is same as lastyear

Joe Lacob: A Sterling Example of the Rich Stealing from the Poor in Alameda County

The amount of outstanding debt Warriorsowner Joe Lacob owes Alameda County isalmost the same as its fiscal budget shortfall.ALAMEDA COUNTY | BUDGET | Starting next week, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will begin deliberations on a $2.8 billion fiscal budget. Over the past five years, charting the roller coaster of red ink at the … Continue reading Joe Lacob: A Sterling Example of the Rich Stealing from the Poor in Alameda County

Hayward May Starve Free Food-Sharing Programs With Costly Regulations

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The owner of a Japanese restaurant near Hayward’s Portuguese Park says homeless people visiting the block stone-floored monument near ‘C’ Street for small-scale food-sharing handouts spit on his windows, rummage through his garbage dumpster and defecate in his parking lot. But, a controversial plan to regulate the practice of small vendors serving the … Continue reading Hayward May Starve Free Food-Sharing Programs With Costly Regulations

Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

Labor protesting cuts to IHSS last year inSacramento. PHOTO/UDWAALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | If all else fails, the needy have the county safety net to provide a modicum of health and human services in troubled times. However, after five years of staggering budgets shortfalls, Alameda County is again struggling to maintain services while revenues shrink and demand for aid … Continue reading Poor, Elderly, Kids In Alameda County Stand To Suffer From Budget Cuts

ALAMEDA COUNTY SEES BUDGET FUNDING GAP FALL TO $80 MILLION

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | The East Bay’s local economy is moving further from the worst of the Great Recession and closer to better times—except, only slightly. Last week, the Alameda County administrator’s office announced a $80.2 million funding gap that follows four years of overwhelming budget shortfalls highlighted by steep cuts to staff and crucial safety net … Continue reading ALAMEDA COUNTY SEES BUDGET FUNDING GAP FALL TO $80 MILLION

Hayashi Repeatedly Places Blame For ACAP’s Demise On Valle, Miley

ELECTION ‘12//ALAMEDA COUNY SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | In one of the first contentious forums thus far between Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, the challenger, repeatedly used a grand jury report that came down hard on the county’s mishandling of contracts to non-profits to paint Valle in a negative light.Hayashi repeatedly referenced … Continue reading Hayashi Repeatedly Places Blame For ACAP’s Demise On Valle, Miley

Psst! How The Alameda County Supervisors Assumed The Position With No Prompting

ALAMEDA COUNTY//BUDGET | With Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern at the lectern before the Board of Supervisors last week like a pastor preaching to a chorus of adherents more than willing to fill his collection basket, the slender county top cop briefly paused. In the corner of his eye he noticed Supervisor Scott Haggerty lurch to … Continue reading Psst! How The Alameda County Supervisors Assumed The Position With No Prompting

Lee Calls GOP Budget "A Roadmap To Ruin"; Stark Says Plan Will Gut Medicare

CONGRESSMar. 20, 2012 | Two of the East Bay's most prominent lawmakers in Congress harshly criticized today a Republican budget proposal aiming to significantly cut spending over the next decade. The plan issued by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would reduce spending by over $5 trillion over the next 10 years--a good … Continue reading Lee Calls GOP Budget "A Roadmap To Ruin"; Stark Says Plan Will Gut Medicare

Corbett Calls On Governor, Lawmakers To Prevent Mid-Year Cuts to Education

Nov. 16, 2011 | On the heels of announcements last week of worsening receipts by the state's controller, the state's legislative analyst today said the prospects of triggering $2 billion in pre-approved budget cuts at the beginning of the year is likely.The budget approved last summer projected $4 billion in increased revenues. Instead, it appears … Continue reading Corbett Calls On Governor, Lawmakers To Prevent Mid-Year Cuts to Education

Alameda County Swimming In The Red To Tune of $138 million

COUNTY TO BEGIN THIS WEEK IDENTIFYING AREAS OF THE BUDGET FOR DOWNSIZINGBy Steven TavaresThe slow pace of economic recovery in Alameda County and a steep uptick in demand for social services has the county administrator forecasting a budget deficit of nearly $138 million for the next fiscal year.Despite another round of potentially brutal cuts to … Continue reading Alameda County Swimming In The Red To Tune of $138 million