San Leandro mayor to lead regional transportation commission

San Leandro is about to take a higher profile in the East Bay's issues with traffic and transportation. The Alameda County Transportation Commission named San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter as it next chairperson on Thursday. Cutter served as vice chair of the regional transportation commission last year. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle previously served … Continue reading San Leandro mayor to lead regional transportation commission

John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

John Knox White is the first to officiallyenter the race for Alameda City Council.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--John Knox White, a well-known city activist and former Alameda Planning Board member, is the first to officially declare their candidacy for this fall's likely contentious Alameda City Council election.“I love Alameda. For the past 16 years, I’ve raised … Continue reading John Knox White is running for Alameda City Council

County supervisor lectured Alameda’s mayor after she did not support ballot measure that benefits her city’s interests

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera SpencerALAMEDA CTC The nine-county regional ballot measure this June to raise an estimated $4.5 billion for local transportation projects, includes significant funding for Bay Area ferries, which are immensely popularity in places like Alameda.But when the Alameda County Transportation Commission voted last Feb. 1 to issue support for the initiative, known as … Continue reading County supervisor lectured Alameda’s mayor after she did not support ballot measure that benefits her city’s interests

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

Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

State Sen. Loni Hancock addressing the AssemblyTransportation Committee on Monday.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |It appears coal won't be traveling through a port terminal in the East Bay for the foreseeable future and state Sen. Loni Hancock hopes legislation prevents others from building new coal terminals if they seek state funding for the project.Hancock's bill, … Continue reading Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

Mary King looking over a design for the new Bay Bridge span. PHOTO/MTCALAMEDA COUNTY | OBIT | Trailblazing three-term Alameda County Supervisor Mary King died Sunday following a long illness. She was 69.In 1988, King became the first black woman ever elected to the traditionally all-male, all-white Alameda County Board of Supervisors.She served the District Four seat … Continue reading Mary King, first black female Alameda County supervisor; power broker, dies

Bay Area transportation, planning agencies set early stages for merger

MTC chair said the decision to override its ExecutiveDirector Steve Heminger's (pictured) plan is not a knock against the proposal.MTC-ABAG MERGER | Steve Heminger, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) said his staff pleaded against him showing a rather ominous circle graph comparing the agency’s $945 million annual budget versus the relatively minuscule … Continue reading Bay Area transportation, planning agencies set early stages for merger

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

Schaaf’s proposed budget includes creation of Department of Transportation

OAKLAND | BUDGET | Mayor Libby Schaaf hopes to close projected $18 million budget shortfalls over the next two years without many cuts to city services and staff, while also beginning to pay down unfunded liabilities.The two-year budget proposal released Thursday by Schaaf’s office also hopes to allocate funding for 40 new police officers next … Continue reading Schaaf’s proposed budget includes creation of Department of Transportation

Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Nancy Skinner, right, is a likely candidate forthe 9th State Senate District in 2016, as is Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, right.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner has something to do while she contemplates a likely run for the State Senate next year. The termed out legislator was named a senior policy fellow … Continue reading Former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner named policy fellow at U.C. Davis

Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter saysthe city will keep its promise to fix its roads withadditional sales tax revenues.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Last fall, San Leandro officials said the passage of Measure HH, a new 30-year, half-cent sales tax increase would, among other things, help fund the rehabilitation of its roads, already graded … Continue reading Already the worst in Alameda County, will San Leandro’s roads improve with additional revenues?

Haggerty re-elected to lead Alameda County Transportation Commission

Alameda County Supervisor Scott HaggertyPHOTO/Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY | With passage last November of Measure BB, the 30-year, $8 billion half-cent sales tax increase for transportation in the East Bay, the first round of project are slated to begin this summer.On Friday, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, a group comprised of representatives from 14 Alameda County … Continue reading Haggerty re-elected to lead Alameda County Transportation Commission

Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

BART | AC TRANSIT | Incumbents in all four East Bay transportation races cruised to victory Tuesday night.BART District 4 board director Robert Raburn staved off a well-funded bid by Alameda Councilmember Lena Tam for the seat representing the island and parts of Oakland and San Leandro.Raburn's role in the BART strike riled many in … Continue reading Raburn, Three Other Incumbents Sweep East Bay Transit Races

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