EBC AGENDA | APR 20-26 | OAKLAND measure to tax vacant properties; HAYWARD fixes roads, parking; COLISEUM closed sessions; House town halls

THE WEEK OF APRIL 20-26--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 24, starts at 9:30 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--BALLOT MEASURE TO TAX VACANT PROPERTIES-- Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Dan Kalb say the city is "experiencing significant vacancy of property, including residential and commercial land and buildings left unused for long … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APR 20-26 | OAKLAND measure to tax vacant properties; HAYWARD fixes roads, parking; COLISEUM closed sessions; House town halls

EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-12 --OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 10, starts at 9:30 a.m. ➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CYPRESS MANDELA TRAINING CENTER-- Councilmember Desley Brooks' controversial proposal to use funding derived from some voter-approved ballot measures to fund job training programs across Oakland headlines Tuesday's slate of committee hearings. Brooks … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

A proposal Tuesday night would have allowedinstallation of fixed-mounted license-plate readersnear Alameda bridges and other exit points.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA controversial proposal to install 13 Automated License-Plate Readers (ALPRs) mounted at fixed points around Alameda's bridges and exit points may have had a slight majority Tuesday night if not for recent news reports that detailed the … Continue reading Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

EBC AGENDA | JAN. 26-FEB. 1 | BERKELEY seeks surveillance use policy; ALAMEDA’s own city manager scandal heats up?; State Dem pre-endorsements

THE WEEK OF JAN. 26-FEB. 1--ALAMEDA-- Special closed session council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 3:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--ALAMEDA'S CITY MANAGER SCANDAL?-- It's not clear what exactly the Alameda City Council might be discussing behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon. The agenda suggests the city or someone is possibly the plaintiff in a potential lawsuit. Furthermore, two hours were … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN. 26-FEB. 1 | BERKELEY seeks surveillance use policy; ALAMEDA’s own city manager scandal heats up?; State Dem pre-endorsements

Swalwell voted to extend NSA’s ability to spy on Americans without a warrant

Rep. Eric Swalwell's support for warrantlesssurveillance is nothing new.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTVery few members of Congress have been more critical of President Trump than East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell. But Swalwell was among a group of Democrats that helped pass legislation Thursday--backed by the President--to renew the National Security Agency's authority to gather communications from telecom … Continue reading Swalwell voted to extend NSA’s ability to spy on Americans without a warrant

License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

Dublin and Danville in Contra Costa County approvedlicense plate readers and other cameras this week.SECURITY | City and Town Council's in Dublin and Danville voted this week to welcome the addition of automated license plate readers to their cities. They join Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon, which have previously approved similar surveillance tools.The devices are … Continue reading License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

Swalwell SOTU guest is a gun reformer, but also advocate of police surveillance

Rep. Swalwell says his guest to Tuesday's State of the Union is a community leader in reducing gun violence.CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT |As Rep. Eric Swalwell’s guest to Tuesday’s State of the Union, Fremont Police Chief Richard Lucero is described as a regional leader in reducing gun violence. However, Lucero is also one of the most fervent backers of government … Continue reading Swalwell SOTU guest is a gun reformer, but also advocate of police surveillance

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Kevin Dowling

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DA O’Malley has difficulty understanding how cellphone surveillance device works

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malleystruggled this week with how one controversialsurveillance device actually works.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley denied surveillance equipment that mimics a cell tower to surreptitiously monitor bulk cellphone data does any of that before later conceding ignorance about its capabilities.O'Malley made the statement in reference … Continue reading DA O’Malley has difficulty understanding how cellphone surveillance device works

Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

Rep. Eric Swalwell, State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and Hugh Bussell.THE CANDIDATES All you really know about Rep. Eric Swalwell’s first 18 months in Congress is he has compiled 350,000 frequent flier miles traveling from the East Bay to Washington, D.C. The slow pace of plate tectonics on Earth assures us long-distance travel for … Continue reading Primary Questions: CA-15 Preview

Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Which number will be higher? The number of votes Joel Vanlandingham receives or the number of words allotted to him by the corporate press? On Tuesday, Vanlandingham told the San Jose Mercury News he will move within the current 17th District boundaries, whether he fails to advance to the November election or not. … Continue reading Down Ballot, May 21, 2014; 13 Days to Election Day

Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | PRIVACY | Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center is being rolled back to its original purpose as a port-only surveillance project. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan cast the tie-breaking vote early Wednesday morning approving an amendment that considerably limits a plan to integrate surveillance video and other analytics from city streets into the controversial … Continue reading Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Mar. 4, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Mar. 4, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDCouncilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney'sspeech Feb. 18 against the DAC may have turned the tide against its citywide use.DAC IS BACK YET AGAIN Oakland city staff is recommending the City Council award a $1.6 million … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Mar. 4, 2014

Privacy Groups Urge Oakland City Council to Scrap the DAC

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DAC | Privacy groups are aggressively lobbying members of the Oakland City Council to vote Tuesday night against a resolution approving a $1.6 million contract for the second phase of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). In addition, the groups are calling on the council to halt the entire project funded by … Continue reading Privacy Groups Urge Oakland City Council to Scrap the DAC

Khanna, Honda Follow Tech Titan’s Call For NSA Reforms

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names are becoming increasingly concerned over the breadth of the federal government’s reach into the consumer data that companies, like Apple, Google and Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL collect. On Monday, the tech giants sent a letter to President Obama and Congress urging for surveillance … Continue reading Khanna, Honda Follow Tech Titan’s Call For NSA Reforms