EBC AGENDA | MAR 30-APR 5 | ALAMEDA on pace to meet state housing requirement; BERKELEY wants to thwart data vendors working with ICE; AD15 forum

THE WEEK OF MAR 30-APR 5--ALAMEDA-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--HOUSING ELEMENT REPORT-- Alameda is on pace to satisfy the state's Regional Housing Needs Allocation for building 1,723 units of housing by 2023, says city staff. Ninety-three building permits were issued in 2017. The prior two years yielded 493 building permits. But … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | MAR 30-APR 5 | ALAMEDA on pace to meet state housing requirement; BERKELEY wants to thwart data vendors working with ICE; AD15 forum

Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick reiterated that she was not previously aware that a raid conducted by federal agents in West Oakland on Aug. 16 involved a potential deportation matter. The raid in West Oakland by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents involved a warrant for human trafficking, but ultimately included the arrest of a … Continue reading Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

BERKELEY CITY COUNCILBerkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin delivers his first state of the city address Monday night at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. PHOTOS/Zac GoldsteinBy Keegan Tatum and Zac GoldsteinThe sense in the room was, finally, someone said it. That mood endured for the entire State of the City address delivered by Berkeley’s new mayor, Jesse Arreguin.Throughout … Continue reading Berkeley Mayor Arreguin comes out strong at state of city address

Hayward City Council approves 240-unit downtown housing development

A partial rendering of the 240-unit Maple & Mainhousing development approved by the HaywardCity Council Tuesday night.HAYWARDMaple & Main, a 240-unit housing development in North Hayward, which city leaders hope will help kickstart improvement in the downtown and provide much-needed foot traffic, was approved late Tuesday night by the Hayward City Council.The development also includes … Continue reading Hayward City Council approves 240-unit downtown housing development

Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

A city survey found 75 percent of residentshave a positive image of their city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward residents consistently voiced concern over the overall lack of affordable housing and job creation in the city, according to a city survey released last week. Those polled also continue to pull their collective hair out over traffic congestion in … Continue reading Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

EAST BAY CITIZEN PODCAST with Fremont City Council candidate and stem cell advocate ROMAN REED

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Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Fremont Councilmember Lily Mei registered oneof the biggest electoral upsets in the East Bay.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |Using a deft campaign to highlight growing unease over development and traffic, Councilmember Lily Mei is Fremont's next mayor. She becomes the city's first female mayor and the first Asian American to attain the office.Although some ballots … Continue reading Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 15

OAKLAND COMMITTEES/Sept. 15, starts 9:30 a.m.Cameras, radios, nobody watching truantsTHERMAL IMAGE CAMERA POLICY Earlier this year the use of a thermal imaging camera attached to a Oakland PD helicopter was stymied because of a lack of a policy. The Public Safety Committee will receive a report Tuesday night, 6 p.m., establishing oversight of the unit known … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 15

Alameda mayor again called out for off-the-cuff comments

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberJim Oddie had testy exchange Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | On the same day the Alameda firefighters union criticized Mayor Trish Spencer for comments she made in private against them and other council colleagues, comes another alleged off-the-cuff remark.Councilmember Jim Oddie said Spencer told an Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) official … Continue reading Alameda mayor again called out for off-the-cuff comments

Alameda’s new mayor tosses a Hail Mary right out the gate

GO LARGE: Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer is showing signs of being a political risk-taker.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer upset her predecessor Marie Gilmore over one issue: stanching the pace of development on the island. When, in the last throes of its tenure, the previous City Council approved an 11-acre, 380-unit housing and commercial development … Continue reading Alameda’s new mayor tosses a Hail Mary right out the gate

Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races

ALAMEDA | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL |Alameda's decade-long debate over development — especially the development of Alameda Point — is turning out to be the dominant issue in the city's mayoral and council races this fall. And voters' views on the Point — whether they want to develop it with new homes and businesses or … Continue reading Alameda Point Issue Bleeds into Mayor, City Council Races

Development, Traffic Highlight Stark Contrasts in Alameda’s Mayor’s Race

Alameda school board member Trish Spencer,Mayor Marie Gilmore.ALAMEDA | MAYOR | Housing is a hot-button issue in many Bay Area communities. In Alameda, the traditionally insular island city, has a different variation on the topic—not only is the specter of rising home and rent prices becoming more apparent, the promise of Alameda Point--with more development … Continue reading Development, Traffic Highlight Stark Contrasts in Alameda’s Mayor’s Race

Hayward Council Directs Staff To Immediately Terminate Red-Light Cameras

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward is giving the green light to begin dismantling its red-light cameras. The City Council voted, 6 to 1, Tuesday night to direct staff to create a plan to consider immediately terminating its red light camera program, Hayward Chief of Police Diane Urban, and city staff, said the cameras are ineffective means to … Continue reading Hayward Council Directs Staff To Immediately Terminate Red-Light Cameras

Senate Bill Would Stop Cities From Using Tickets To Generate Revenue

SAN LEANDRO SET TO APPROVE NEW CONTRACT WITH TRAFFIC CAMERA VENDORBy Steven TavaresPalo Alto Sen. Joe Simitian thinks red light cameras are the technological equivalent of small town speed traps. His bill offered last month in the State Senate would bar local jurisdictions from approving the installation of traffic cameras on the basis of its ability … Continue reading Senate Bill Would Stop Cities From Using Tickets To Generate Revenue

Is San Leandro’s Brigade Of Traffic Cameras Doing The Job?

...OR NOT CREATING ENOUGH REVENUE?By Steven TavaresSan Leandro will reduce the numberof traffic cameras to five.Has San Leandro begun to slowly eradicate red light violators or is the the cost of maintaining the small army of cameras lurking above its intersections rising too high?There are currently six red light camera systems installed on city streets, … Continue reading Is San Leandro’s Brigade Of Traffic Cameras Doing The Job?