Alameda County’s budget deficit is two numbers and neither are particularly rosy

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County's budget shortfall is either $68 million, a figure slightly lower than last year's $72 million deficit, or a significantly more worrisome $108 million, the county administration announced Wednesday.The latter funding gap is a result of Alameda County potentially absorbing $40 million to its next fiscal year budget in order to pay for … Continue reading Alameda County’s budget deficit is two numbers and neither are particularly rosy

State cuts to in-home care services could blow a hole in Alameda County’s next budget

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County's likely fiscal year budget shortfall will be additionally impacted by the state's decision to begin asking municipalities to shoulder more of the costs for in-home health services.Last week, Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi told the Board of Supervisors its early budget estimate to be released on Wednesday will reflect $40 million in … Continue reading State cuts to in-home care services could blow a hole in Alameda County’s next budget

EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

LEGISLATURE | BUDGET | Following Gov. Jerry Brown's fiscal budget proposal this week seeking to balance the first state budget deficit since 2012 with $1.6 billion in cuts, local East Bay state legislators and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors weighed-in:ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROB BONTA"The Governor’s budget takes a cautious view of the state’s revenue picture. While that … Continue reading EAST BAY LEGISLATORS REACT TO GOV. BROWN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

142 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted against the state’s $122.5 billion budget package this week.However, there were some parts of the budget Baker supported, such as setting aside $2 billion for the state’s rainy day fund. Baker, though, criticized increased spending and additional funding for high-speed rail, a project … Continue reading EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner agree on mostissues, but he's hoping East Bay Democrats find himmore principled in his approach.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |In 2009, Sandre Swanson, then an assemblymember representing Oakland and Alameda, bucked his party's push to pass a heavily negotiated spending measure to close a staggering $41 billion budget deficit. Then-Assembly … Continue reading Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk in the captain's chair with four Klingons.LEGISLATURE | Jerry Brown’s new budget plan freezes UC tuition, offers new tax credit for poor (Sacramento Bee) Proposals should greatly appease Democrats in the LegislatureAmnesty for traffic fines, court fees in Brown's budget (Capitol Weekly) A fantastic progressive proposalOAKLAND | Oakland district, teachers reach … Continue reading P.M. BRIEFING 5.14.15 (POLITICIANS POSING WITH MASCOTS WEEK)

Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | On May 1, Rep. Eric Swalwell made a strategic vote in Congress. That day he and South Bay Rep. Zoe Lofgren, were the only members of the Bay Area Democratic caucus to vote for a Republican-led amendment to a budget bill that would have forbidden members from using their congressional … Continue reading Why Eric Swalwell Voted with the Tea Party on a House Budget Amendment

Wieckowski: Budget Cuts to State Judiciary Hurting the Poor

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski Tuesdayin Sacramento calling for increased spendingon the state's court system. PHOTO/Asm WieckowskiASSEMBLY | BUDGET | Access to justice is hard to come by if the courts are fighting to keep their doors open. All segments of the state budget labored through significant cuts over the past few years. The state courts system is … Continue reading Wieckowski: Budget Cuts to State Judiciary Hurting the Poor

Bonta Adds Focus To Overlooked Filipino Contributions To State Labor History

Assemblymember Rob Bonta and labor leader Lillian Galedo at a town hall Friday in Alameda celebrating a new law requiring the accomplishments of Filipino Americans in the farm workers movement be recognized in state school curriculum. PHOTO/Steven TavaresLEGISLATURE | Anyone who heard Rob Bonta during his successful run last year for the Assembly know the … Continue reading Bonta Adds Focus To Overlooked Filipino Contributions To State Labor History

Lawmakers Respond To Criticism Over Records Act; Guv Says Put It To A Vote

Just as Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators in Sacramento continue to take heat from proponents of open government who howled the state's recently approved budget would "gut" the state's Public Records Act, there appears to be movement in the Legislature.State Sen. Mark Leno, according to the Sacramento Bee, will introduce a constitutional amendment Thursday that requires local governments and … Continue reading Lawmakers Respond To Criticism Over Records Act; Guv Says Put It To A Vote