INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

◼Is Libby trying to give Kaplan the Schaaf?◼Fremont councilmember's flippant defense◼Assembly candidate could be risking union's wrath◼Ellen Corbett's curiously busy lately.Before Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan gained a seat on the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District board (BAAQMD), the city had been without direct representation since the early 90s. The primary importance for East … Continue reading INSIDE THE EAST BAY: Kaplan pushes to keep her seat on Bay Area Air Quality board

Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

The FPPC will decide this week if Fremont Mayor Lily Mei will pay a $1,406 fine forviolating campaign finance rules.FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont Mayor Lily Mei violated state election law after failing to report almost $24,000 in late campaign expenditures during the hard fought 2016 election, according to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Mei, who upset incumbent … Continue reading Fremont mayor, vice mayor, admit to violating state campaign finance rules

Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon said lastweek that a city rent board ordinance will donothing for renters. He supports rent control.FREMONT CITY COUNCIL--PUBLIC COMMENT--Appointed Fremont Councilmember David Bonaccorsi hid behind modest change while striking populist tones. His collegaues on the council meanwhile merely acknowledged the problems associated with rising rents before supporting the creation of five-member … Continue reading Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

FREMONT CITY COUNCILFremont's potential move from at-large to district-based elections represents the most stunning change to how the city chooses its elected leaders since its founding, said Fremont City Attorney Harvey Levine. The switch is also occurring at "lightning speed," he added during testimony before the Fremont City Council on Tuesday night.With the type of … Continue reading With ‘lightning speed’ Fremont moves to district elections, may expand council to seven

How Trump is already wreaking havoc on affordable housing in the East Bay

FOR MANY IN THE EAST BAY, the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been at worst, an all-out assault on American democracy. At minimum, a excruciating daily mockery of common decency. But the reality television show most in the East Bay view on cable news can seem far away from our daily lives.Last week, … Continue reading How Trump is already wreaking havoc on affordable housing in the East Bay

Fremont, Dublin with diverging opinions about sanctuary cities

Dublin Councilmember Abe Gupta offered likelythe most vociferous opposition to sanctuary cities of any official in Alameda County.SANCTUARY CITIESFremont became the sixth East Bay city to declare it a sanctuary city and become the fourth to do so this year. The spreading of sanctuary cities across the Alameda County has accelerated with President’s Trump’s heated rhetoric … Continue reading Fremont, Dublin with diverging opinions about sanctuary cities

For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie BaconFREMONT CITY COUNCIL |When Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon appeared to be gloating last week about the city's most recent electoral results that flew under the banner of an insurgent call for slow-growth, Councilmember Raj Salwan couldn’t take it anymore and he may have been voicing the complaints of many Alameda County Democrats.“This … Continue reading For Alameda County Democrats, not everybody loves Fremont’s Bacon

Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Appointed Fremont Councilmember -elect David Bonaccorsi will be sworn-in on Feb. 7. FREMONT CITY COUNCIL |Before taking a vote on choosing its next member, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon mildly joked about flipping a coin in case of a tie among any one of the eight applicants seeking an appointment to the City Council. It almost happened.After a first-round … Continue reading Following deadlocked votes, Bonaccorsi wins appointment to Fremont City Council

Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Fremont Councilmember Lily Mei registered oneof the biggest electoral upsets in the East Bay.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |Using a deft campaign to highlight growing unease over development and traffic, Councilmember Lily Mei is Fremont's next mayor. She becomes the city's first female mayor and the first Asian American to attain the office.Although some ballots … Continue reading Lily Mei is Fremont’s next mayor after upset over incumbent Bill Harrison

Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison trails CouncilmemberLily Mei by 929 votes.FREMONT | MAYOR |ELECTION 2016 |With thousands of ballot still uncounted as of Friday morning, the Fremont mayor's race remains too close to call with Councilmember Lily Mei maintaining a 1,172 vote advantage over incumbent Mayor Bill Harrison.The Alameda County Registrar's office updated its results Friday … Continue reading Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor’s race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

38 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Granted, there is still six weeks before voters in the nationally watched 17th Congressional District register all of their votes. Much can still happen in this suddenly raucous and hard-hitting race. But the hit Rep. Mike Honda's campaign registered on challenger Ro Khanna last week was one of the most … Continue reading EBCampaign: MIKE HONDA’s cyber shot will have lasting effects; ELLEN CORBETT’s opponent loves her; Bacon!

Fremont’s Questionable Plan For Security Cameras In Low-Income Areas

FREMONT CITY COUNCIL//ANALYSIS | If there ever was an issue that screamed potential Alameda County grand jury investigation, it's Fremont’s scheme to use money set aside for housing the poor to purchase 20 surveillance cameras effectively to keep an eye on how poor they remain.While other cities in Alameda County feed off federal Homeland Security … Continue reading Fremont’s Questionable Plan For Security Cameras In Low-Income Areas