EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSControversy hit two historically quiet East Bay hamlets during the summer months. First, came Piedmont Mayor Jeff Wieler's Facebook postings and conversation that denigrated African Americans and the LGBT communities. Piedmonters called Wieler out for comments. He apologized but the rancor was too much for his council colleagues who urged … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part III – July-Sept: Fire Fight Ignites in Alameda

When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

The Uber building that never was.OAKLAND--OPPOSITION RESEARCH--In late 2015, it could be argued that Uber's announced move to Downtown Oakland, based on its transformative potential (good and bad), was the biggest news story in Oakland that year. The purchase of the old Sears Building for $123 million and Uber's promise to bring between 2,000 and … Continue reading When Schaaf falls in Oakland, it always seems to be into progressives arms

YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

YEAR-IN-REV15W | This may not have been the most eventful year in East Bay politics, but aside from some ill-mannered moments, 2015 was totally positive. Activists fighting for social justice and fair housing registered major victories. On several occasions, a few of the year's biggest news stories appear destined to act as opening acts for … Continue reading YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

JULYHayward city workers finally get a new contract.>>>With its political implications to be determined in the 2016 city council election next year, the City of Hayward and more than 300 city employees finally agree to a new contract. The acrimonious two-year labor standoff that included a wage imposition results in employees receiving a 4.5 percent … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show podcast with guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

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Uber’s Head of People and Places can’t pronounce names of Oakland officials

Renee Atwood, Uber's global head of people and placesOAKLAND | Uber is coming to Oakland. The ride-hailing company will move into the vacant Sears Building on Nineteenth Street and Broadway in 2017, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Wednesday. Or, is her named pronounced “Schoff”?Schaaf trumpeted news of one of the most talked about tech companies … Continue reading Uber’s Head of People and Places can’t pronounce names of Oakland officials

Swalwell forms Sharing Economy Caucus, then pushes tax-free employer credits for using Uber, Lyft

Reps. Eric Swalwell and Darrell Issa.CONGRESS | DISTRICT 15 | Rep. Eric Swalwell is already known as the young member of the Congress in charge of explaining the Internet to his aging colleagues. He is also not shy about placing his shaky progressive credentials on the line by reaching across the aisle with the most … Continue reading Swalwell forms Sharing Economy Caucus, then pushes tax-free employer credits for using Uber, Lyft