Repeal of individual mandate may mean 37,000 more uninsured in Alameda County

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSAn estimated 37,000 Alameda County residents may lose their health care insurance after the repeal last month of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, said the director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Low-income residents, she added, though, may be spared for the time being.An estimated 68,000 county residents are … Continue reading Repeal of individual mandate may mean 37,000 more uninsured in Alameda County

Glazer resigns from committee chair at behest of Senate leader

State Sen. Steve Glazer was the only Democratin the state Senate to vote against the $52billion gas tax in April.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer offered his resignation as chair of the state Senate Governmental Organization Committee, according to a letter posted Friday afternoon on his Twitter account. The move was prompted … Continue reading Glazer resigns from committee chair at behest of Senate leader

Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

LEGISLATUREEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) broke from his Senate Democratic Caucus Thursday after casting a no vote against Gov. Jerry Brown's $52 billion transportation bill.Senate Bill 1, backed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Brown, would raise taxes on gasoline and vehicle registration fees to fund $52 billion in transportation … Continue reading Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

CADEM16: Speaker Atkins: Tax credit for poor is a ‘Win, win, win’

State Controller Betty Yee, center, along with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, far left, getting the word out about the state's new Earned Income Tax Credit that could help 1.5 million low-earning Californians. Speaker Atkins, Controller Yee and JosephSanberg of CalEITC4Me.CADEM16 | The California Democratic Party kicked off its convention this weekend with an eye on the … Continue reading CADEM16: Speaker Atkins: Tax credit for poor is a ‘Win, win, win’

Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

There were no funny road signs at City Hall whena picketing city employee was nearly run over.HAYWARD | The new road signs around Cal State East Bay in Hayward are bringing loads of positive attention to the often overlooked and self-described “heart of the bay.”Not only did the local press eat up the new signs … Continue reading Quirky road signs in Hayward overshadow sobering economic news

Report reveals Oakland Councilmember McElhaney’s hypocrisy over gentrification

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | One thing is clear from the report in the East Bay Express Wednesday on Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney—her personal finances are in shambles and it’s affecting her role as a steward of the city.In an area of Oakland racked by fears of gentrification, McElhaney has often employed rhetoric in opposition to … Continue reading Report reveals Oakland Councilmember McElhaney’s hypocrisy over gentrification

GOP Assembly Candidate Says Oakland City Council Meetings Are Like a Zoo

Assembly candidate David Erlich, right, during a forum last May, referenced the Oakland City Council as a zoo at another forum Oct. 8 in Alameda. PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | San Leandro Assembly candidate David Erlich is an electrician by trade, but sometime he brings a charge at the wrong time.During a candidates forum … Continue reading GOP Assembly Candidate Says Oakland City Council Meetings Are Like a Zoo

San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL//DISPENSARIES | After much advocacy and derision regarding one of San Leandro’s most controversial topics, the City Council passed a draft ordinance that could allow up to two medical cannabis dispensaries in city boundaries following over three years of debate. A large amount of medical cannabis supporters argued for the safe use of cannabis and its positive therapeutic … Continue reading San Leandro Approves Draft Ordinance Allowing Two Dispensaries

With Some Of The Most Outdated Libraries In The State, Hayward May Look To Voters To Fund $50M Project

Mockup of the proposed 58,000 sq. ft. Downtown Hayward library.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward’s public libraries are some of the most outdated in the entire state, according to a staff report this week, and the City Council believes residents are willing to pay out of pocket next year for a new main library.The estimated cost … Continue reading With Some Of The Most Outdated Libraries In The State, Hayward May Look To Voters To Fund $50M Project

Hayward Poker Club Gets Approval For Expansion; Mayor Disagrees

The Palace on Mission Boulevard.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | The Palace Poker Casino has called Hayward home for nearly 60 years. Its current location at the end of Mission Boulevard near the bustling Jackson Street is too small for the cadre of high-stakes poker players who flock to the card club, its owners say.On Tuesday, the … Continue reading Hayward Poker Club Gets Approval For Expansion; Mayor Disagrees

Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

TEA PARTY | The first of a likely long line of Tea Party organizations seeking relief from allegations the Internal Revenue Service targeted them and other conservative non-profit groups comes from Northern California.The NorCal Tea Party Patriots, centered in Colfax, Calif. filled a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court accusing the IRS of violating its … Continue reading Northern California Tea Party Group Takes Lead In Growing IRS Non-Profit Scandal

Skinner Focuses on Energy Conservation and Taxes in Slew of New Bills

Asm. Nancy SkinnerPHOTO/East Bay EDAASSEMBLY//LEGISLATIVE UPDATE | Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner produced 20 new bills this month covering a wide swath of topics, but three ringed true to the Berkeley representative's traditional focus on energy conservation and another three on taxes. Skinner also added another bill related to firearms in addition to her well-publicized firearms bill she introduced last … Continue reading Skinner Focuses on Energy Conservation and Taxes in Slew of New Bills

Wieckowski Launches Attempt For Another Alameda County Transportation Tax Measure

ASSEMBLY | Measure B1, the Alameda County initiative to fund transportation projects with a half-cent sales tax increase that failed last November by the slimmest of margins, may get another chance to go before voters.Fremont Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski is resurrecting a variation of a bill successfully passed into law in 2011 allowing for the ill-fated Measure … Continue reading Wieckowski Launches Attempt For Another Alameda County Transportation Tax Measure

Recount For Measure B1 Is Short-Lived

MEASURE B1 | The Alameda County Registrar received notice Tuesday evening that backers of the Measure B1 decided to end the recount after the retabulation of 30,000 votes mustered only 7 additional yes votes for the half-cent transportation tax.Tuesday’s recount sampled only 30,000 ballots in Berkeley, said Alameda County Registrar Dave Macdonald. The small number … Continue reading Recount For Measure B1 Is Short-Lived

Green Says Measure B1 Campaign Was ‘Poorly Run’

TRANSPORTATION//MEASURE B1 | The chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission says the campaign for Measure B1, which narrowly missed out on a two-thirds majority last Election Day was “poorly-run” and county leaders need to quickly amass support for placing another measure before voters.Measure B1 would have reignited a half-cent county transportation tax, approved in 1986 … Continue reading Green Says Measure B1 Campaign Was ‘Poorly Run’