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.

Former San Lorenzo school trustee spoke at Trump roundtable on immigration

When President Donald Trump referred to undocumented immigrants as "animals" during a meeting Wednesday with California officials who oppose sanctuary cities, there was a link among those at the round table to the East Bay. Orange County Deputy Sheriff Ray Grangoff is a former San Lorenzo school board member, who at 19,  was the youngest-ever … Continue reading Former San Lorenzo school trustee spoke at Trump roundtable on immigration

ICE says 3 immigrants who evaded them because of Libby Schaaf, have been re-arrested

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has stoodresolute in the face of criticism from Trumpand ICE following her Feb. 24 warningto Bay Area immigrants.OAKLANDThe top U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement official says three undocumented immigrants, which they believe evaded apprehension because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's public warning of a raids last month, were arrested recently for violent … Continue reading ICE says 3 immigrants who evaded them because of Libby Schaaf, have been re-arrested

Jeff Sessions: How dare you! Libby Schaaf: How dare YOU!

U.S. Attorney General Jeff SessionsPHOTO/WikicommonsOAKLANDU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ripped Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf this morning during a speech in Sacramento, calling her "an embarrassment to the proud state of California."Two weeks ago, Schaaf issued a statement imminently warning undocumented immigrants that ICE agents may be preparing a large-scale action in Northern California.ICE agents, indeed, … Continue reading Jeff Sessions: How dare you! Libby Schaaf: How dare YOU!

Lock her up! Fremont resident files complaint saying Oakland Mayor Schaaf is impeding ICE

Over the weekend Oakland Mayor LibbySchaaf said "credible sources" warned a largeraid in the Bay Area was imminent.OAKLANDOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's announcement over the weekend intended to alert undocumented immigrants about an imminent and substantial raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents earned her plaudits from progressives on one side and death threats on … Continue reading Lock her up! Fremont resident files complaint saying Oakland Mayor Schaaf is impeding ICE

Chabot, Las Positas Colleges become sanctuary campuses

Chabot-Las Positas Community College Boardof Trustees voted Tuesday to declare itscampuses as sanctuaries for students.CHABOT-LAS POSITAS COLLEGE BOARDAfter months of sidestepping the issue, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustees approved a pair of resolutions Tuesday declaring a sanctuary campus designation for each college. The board also directed its staff to explore a similar … Continue reading Chabot, Las Positas Colleges become sanctuary campuses

Swalwell and Trump finally agree on something

15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTEast Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has fashioned himself as one of the leaders of the so-called "resistance" to President Donald Trump. For the better part of this year, Swalwell has skewered Trump both in social media and repeatedly appearances on cable news show to highlight the the president's alleged ties to Russia.Swalwell almost … Continue reading Swalwell and Trump finally agree on something

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Hayward Anti-Discrimination Task Forcemeeting last spring.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILAt a Hayward City Council meeting last June, city officials basked in the glow of a standing ovation from those who have long advocated for declaring the Latino-heavy city a sanctuary for immigrants.The city announced Wednesday that it received an award from the Local Government Hispanic Network for … Continue reading After lagging for five months on becoming sanctuary city, Hayward gets award for its work

Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLater this month, three Oakland councilmembers will introduce a resolution offering the city's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. before 2007 an … Continue reading Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

ALAMEDAMonths after Alameda became one of the first cities in the county to pass legislation declaring sanctuary city status, they now may be the first to reject a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.Last week, Alameda city officials declined to sign a document required by the Department of Justice in order to apply … Continue reading Alameda, citing sanctuary city policy, rejects federal grant

Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Interim Police Chief Mark Koller was bornin Hayward and has served on the policeforce in various capacities since 1981.HAYWARDMark Koller, a second-generation Hayward police officer, will be sworn-in next Monday as the city's fourteenth chief of police. The ceremony will be held at the Hayward City Hall rotunda, Aug. 21, starting at 3 p.m.Koller has … Continue reading Hayward to swear-in new police chief on Monday

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Twitterfeed mistakenly contained a retweet from Richard Spencer Monday night.ALAMEDA COUNTYShortly before midnight, the Alameda County Sheriffs Office retweeted a video from prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.The tweet sent to followers of the Alameda County Sheriff's office Twitter page late Monday night included video of a hour-long press conference featuring Spencer's … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

Rep. Eric Swalwell on CNN earlier this year.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTRussia this. Russia that. East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has basked in the glow of television studio lights in recent months. He's a fixture on CNN, MSNBC and sometimes Fox News. His task is to repeat attacks ad nauseam against President Donald Trump and the on-going … Continue reading Alameda County Dems are going to give Swalwell the riot act over his vote favoring Kate’s Law

ICE arrests two undocumented immigrants in Hayward, city says it had no involvement

Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday duringa task force meeting in March discussingsanctuary city.HAYWARDU.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agents arrested two undocumented immigrants in Hayward last Thursday, but the city says, based on its policies, it did not participate in the action. The Hayward Police Department, however, had been notified two days prior, on Tuesday, of ICE's intention … Continue reading ICE arrests two undocumented immigrants in Hayward, city says it had no involvement