Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn EzzyAshcraft announced Tuesday her campaignfor mayor.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Touting years of public service along with a record of consensus-building, Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft officially announced Tuesday that she will challenge incumbent Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer this November.“I’m running for Mayor, because I know the expertise and skills I’ve developed over 16 … Continue reading Alameda Councilmember Ezzy Ashcraft makes it official. She’s challenging Mayor Spencer

Former Alameda city manager John Russo fired in Riverside

John Russo left the Alameda City Manager'sOffice in February 2015.ALAMEDAWith Alameda's city manager situation in a state of disarray, comes news its former top administrator, John Russo, was fired Wednesday from the same position in Riverside.Russo left Alameda in 2015 to become Riverside's city manager and was replaced in March 2016 by Jill Keimach, whose … Continue reading Former Alameda city manager John Russo fired in Riverside

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

A five-hour Alameda City Council closed session with no explanation, only speculation

A special closed session Alameda City Councilmeeting started at 3:30 p.m. last Tuesday andended at 8:25 p.m. What did they talk about?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILFor nearly five hours last Tuesday the Alameda City Council sat in a special closed meeting. When they emerged at 8:25 p.m., no announcement as to what they were discussing was made.Many, … Continue reading A five-hour Alameda City Council closed session with no explanation, only speculation

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICS>>>>The state legislature decides in January that a new portrait of Assemblymember Bill Quirk would be a good idea for his 20th District website. The resulting creation, though, inparts vampire-like features to Quirk's face. Funny thing, according to his district staff, is the web designers thought the new photo looked good. By … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: The wild and wacky: Let’s Taco About It and Bill Quirk ‘Jumps Around’

Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

The Alameda City Council put on hold Tuesdaya  proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminals projecton the Northern Waterfront.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILIn a city that has long resisted meeting minimum state standards for the creation of new housing, the Alameda Council Tuesday night denied a 589-unit waterfront housing and retail development, at least, for the time being.A portion of the … Continue reading Bereft of housing, Alameda City Council sinks 589-unit housing development for now

5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

ELECTION 2018By the looks of it, Alameda Mayor Trishmight be running for re-election againstthe entire City Council.➤I think after what the East Bay Times and columnist Daniel Borenstein pulled with the Alameda City Council and city manager interference story, you should assume every story in that paper is Fake News or contains strains of lies and inaccuracies. … Continue reading 5 MORE THINGS I THINK ABOUT EAST BAY POLITICS…

Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

A petitioner on Park Street in Alameda lastJuly seeking a signature for a landlords-backed ballot measure.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past 18 months, Alameda has seen a number of rent-related ballot measures come and go. Some, like two competing rent control measure last November actually made the ballot, while other proposals have fizzled early or failed … Continue reading Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Sandre Swanson during an endorsementmeeting last year for the 9th state Senate.ALAMEDAAn unsuccessful run for the state Senate last year proved Sandre Swanson is not done with public service. Swanson confirmed Friday that he had strong interest for challenging Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's re-election next year."I've been honored by people and organizations in the … Continue reading Sandre Swanson, although courted by supporters, says he won’t run for Alameda mayor

Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Alameda Councilmember Frank MatarreseALAMEDA CITY COUNCILSeemingly from the day Trish Herrera Spencer was elected Alameda mayor in 2014, the line of challengers seeking to make her a one-termer began jockeying for position. Nearly three years later, Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft is a near lock to run for mayor next year, but speculation over whether Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda councilman eyes run for mayor: ‘Don’t know if I can win.’

Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

Alameda City ManagerJill KeimachALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThere's a curious closed session item Tuesday night on the Alameda City Council's agenda, an evaluation of City Manager Jill Keimach. Curious because her annual performance review isn't until next March.Sources at City Hall, including council members, won't say why they are chatting about Keimach in closed session Tuesday evening, … Continue reading Amid grumblings, Alameda will evaluate city manager’s performance in closed session

In a surprise, Alameda repeals its just cause ordinance at the behest of local renters group

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past month, members of the Alameda Renters Coalition had been toying with a counterintuitive proposal. Instead of fighting a costly election campaign sometime next year to oppose a referendum offered by Alameda landlords to roll back just cause protections for renters that was approved in May, maybe it was time to … Continue reading In a surprise, Alameda repeals its just cause ordinance at the behest of local renters group

A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer'sfuture planning board nominations mightface indefinite uncertainty. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda may be in the midst of a City Charter crisis. Earlier this week, two of Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer's nominations to the influential Planning Board were rejected by the council's progressive majority.Under past mayors, the periodic appointment to various boards and commissions … Continue reading A potential Alameda City Charter crisis again flares over mayor’s latest planning board picks

City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Alameda Mayor Tish Herrera SpencerALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThe push for cannabis dispensaries and cultivation facilities in recent years in Oakland and San Leandro has long eluded Alameda where a moratorium has made the burgeoning industry a non-starter in local politics. That appears to be changing and quickly after the Alameda City Council laid at a short … Continue reading City Council support for cannabis in Alameda is building

Alameda mayor takes heat from LGBTQ community; group gives back pride month proclamation

Some members of Alameda's LGBTQ communityprotesting a photo-op with Mayor Trish Spencer in the background to celebrating Pride Month.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILEight years after Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer voted against allowing same-sex curriculum in Alameda schools, members of the LGBTQ community showed up at City Council on Tuesday to reject her proclamation of Pride Month — and … Continue reading Alameda mayor takes heat from LGBTQ community; group gives back pride month proclamation