LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Dr. Luis Reynoso

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Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Alameda Police Chief Paul RolleriALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | When an Alameda police officer was accused three years ago of using excessive force that resulted in multiple arm fractures to a mentally ill man, footage from a body camera purchased by the officer eventually helped to disprove allegations that the officer beat the man while he … Continue reading Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney tooksix months to report more than $16,000 in campaign contributions.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney did not report campaign finance reports for six months and for this she may face a $1,600 fine from the city’s Public Ethics Commission.Over a six month span from the beginning of 2014 … Continue reading Oakland council president may face $1,600 fine for campaign finance violation

Grand jury: Fremont defied spirit of transparency with email retention policy

Unsaved city emails are purged after just 30 daysGRAND JURY REPORT | FREMONT | The Alameda County city government closest in proximity and ethos to Silicon Valley is apparently living in the technological dark ages when it comes to email retention and transparency.An Alameda County grand jury report released Monday strongly faulted the City of … Continue reading Grand jury: Fremont defied spirit of transparency with email retention policy

Oakland’s city clerk pushes for government transparency while her unexpected popularily rises

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The chambers of the Oakland City Council can be a very rough place. Public bickering between council members and full-throated soliloquies by angry residents are commonplace. At times, the difference between debating an ordinance and lobbing ordnance is difficult to discern. But, amid the swirling hurricane, seating in a sea of … Continue reading Oakland’s city clerk pushes for government transparency while her unexpected popularily rises

Early To Bed, Early To Avoid Transparency?

SAN LEANDRODec. 29, 2011 | When the wheels of government roll in San Leandro, it is increasingly being fueled by multiple cups of early morning coffee.Since San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy also holds a full-time job as a consumer lawyer in San Francisco, the city has been forced to schedule committee and public meetings in the early morning hours … Continue reading Early To Bed, Early To Avoid Transparency?

Why Team Cassidy Is Keeping Tabs On City Employee Emails

IN THE NAME OF TRANSPARENCY, IS LACABE TRYING TO FOSTER FEAR AMONG GROWING ANTI-CASSIDY MOVEMENT AT CITY HALL?By Steven TavaresAbout a year ago, I was having a conversation about Margarita Lacabe, the wife of San Leandro School Board Trustee Mike Katz-Lacabe and propagator of an inquiry into my emails with city councilmembers and city employees. … Continue reading Why Team Cassidy Is Keeping Tabs On City Employee Emails

Is Cassidy Attempting To Hand-Pick The New City Manager?

DESPITE CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY, THE POWER OF CHOOSING SAN LEANDRO’S MOST IMPORTANT HIRE IS CONCENTRATED AMONG THREE PEOPLEBy Steven TavaresGovernment transparency for San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy usually means recording city hearings for broadcast on the web. Increasingly, though, it is not what is occurring at these meetings that is worrying some city officials and employees, it’s … Continue reading Is Cassidy Attempting To Hand-Pick The New City Manager?