Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

State Sen. Steve Glazer said SB 1149 is notintended to fix the pension crisis, but notmake it any worse.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTA bill that gives new state workers a choice between the standard defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution 401k plan failed in a State Senate committee this week.The legislation, authored by East … Continue reading Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath retiredas a Hayward department head in 2014.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Hayward has a dearth of prospective candidates at all segments of its city government, but one may have been hiding all these years in its maintenance services department.Matt McGrath is turning heads over the past month in the 10-person race … Continue reading First-time Hayward council candidate Matt McGrath is attracting attention

Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is the city's representative on MTC.MTC-ABAG | The proposed merger of two influential regional  agencies has been likened by some as a hostile takeover. The quickly drawn up merger by Steve Heminger, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to pull 15 or more union planners from the nine-county planning agency known … Continue reading Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

Just weeks after joining the SD7 special election, Steve Glazer is already grabbing the headlines.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer, a former consultant to Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to advance past the June primary last summer in the 16th Assembly District, but his return last month to seek Rep. Mark DeSaulnier’s vacated seat in … Continue reading Glazer immediately takes hold of the narrative in special State Senate race

‘This is an Act of War’: Hayward Imposes Five Percent Pay Cut on City Workers

Hayward City Manager Fran David, right,is seen by the union as one of the city'shard line advocates for imposition.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | LABOR | The city council of Hayward, a city once known as the most union-friendly in the Bay Area, unanimously voted Tuesday night to force pay cuts on nearly three hundred union clerical … Continue reading ‘This is an Act of War’: Hayward Imposes Five Percent Pay Cut on City Workers

Hayward Looks to Impose Pay Cuts on City Union Workers

Hayward city employees striking in frontof City Hall last August.PHOTO/Steven TavaresHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | LABOR |Ten months after contracts for nearly 300 Hayward city employees expired, the City Council may decide Tuesday night to unilaterally impose its last, best and final offer despite declining to meet with labor negotiators since July. Both contracts represent immediate … Continue reading Hayward Looks to Impose Pay Cuts on City Union Workers

Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |It wasn't too long ago that Contra Costa County’s wealthy 16th Assembly District was a pinkish shade of red. Termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan is credited for turning the Lamorinda district blue, but following an outspoken stance by one of the candidates hoping to replace her decrying the … Continue reading Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

The Skinny: Hayward City Council Preview, Jan. 14, 2014

Hayward City Council Preview777 B StreetTuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #haymtg.Twitter handles: Francisco Zermeno @FranciscZermeno; Mark Salinas @hwdcouncilman; Al Mendall @AlMendall>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDMORATORIUM ON SMOKE SHOPS City staff recommends issuing a 45-day moratorium through Feb. 28 on the establishment of new tobacco and e-cigarette retailers, along … Continue reading The Skinny: Hayward City Council Preview, Jan. 14, 2014

Hayward’s Lingering Labor Dispute Is Really About A Lack Of Leadership

Hayward City Council, left to right, Mark Salinas, Francisco Zermeno, Mayor Michael Sweeney, Al Mendal, Barbara Halliday, Greg Jones, Marvin Peixoto.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL//LABOR/ANALYSIS | To the casual observer the continuing labor strife between Hayward and its city employees might appeared to be about city officials taking an extremely hard line against labor or workers asking for … Continue reading Hayward’s Lingering Labor Dispute Is Really About A Lack Of Leadership

Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Jim ProlaSAN LEANDRO//2014 ELECTION/MAYOR | San Leandro's most liberal city councilman says he is not interested in running for mayor next year. However, if the city's notorious Mayor Stephen Cassidy upsets him, he might change his mind."I have no intention to run," said Prola during a break in the action at Tuesday night's council … Continue reading Prola Says He’s Not In The Mix For San Leandro Mayor

Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

HEALTH CARE | It seems San Leandro Hospital got out from under the thumb of Sutter Health in the nick of time. The California Nurses Association on Tuesday harshly criticized the hospital provider for potentially putting patients at risk when its $1 billion records keeping computer program went dark for most of the day on … Continue reading Sutter Health’s Epic Fail

Tough Talk As Hayward City Employees Hunker Down

Striking Hayward city employees assemble in front of City Hall Tuesday evening. PHOTO/Steven TavaresHAYWARD//STRIKE | Members of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, the same labor union involved in the dispute with BART management, say Hayward officials have failed to negotiate with the union since February. In July, the city declared an impasse in … Continue reading Tough Talk As Hayward City Employees Hunker Down

Striking Hayward City Employee Hit By Van While Picketing

Paramedics tend to Hayward city employee Jerry Schilling after he was struckTuesday morning by van while picketing. PHOTO/SEIU 1021HAYWARD//STRIKE | Just hours after 280 Hayward city employees began a three-day strike Tuesday morning, a picketing worker was hit by a van.The accident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday when a man driving a white van attempted … Continue reading Striking Hayward City Employee Hit By Van While Picketing

East Bay Assembly Trio Criticize BART For Faulty Wage Numbers

ASSEMBLY//BART STRIKE | East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Nancy Skinner and Bill Quirk were critical of BART management for misstating the true average wages of train operators and station agents.During testimony Wednesday before the Board of Inquiry ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown to convene, BART management revealed the often quoted $79,000 average pay actually includes … Continue reading East Bay Assembly Trio Criticize BART For Faulty Wage Numbers

Bonta’s First Bill Signed Into Law Gives State Workers A Raise

Asm. Rob Bonta PHOTO/Steven Tavares)ASSEMBLY 18 | Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s first bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown contains a 4.5 percent raise for SEIU Local 1000, one of the largest blocs of union labor in state government representing over 95,000 workers. The new three-year contract also bans furloughs for the length of the deal.The raise will be the first the union … Continue reading Bonta’s First Bill Signed Into Law Gives State Workers A Raise