Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

ALCO BOARD OF SUEPRVISORSAfter years of vehement opposition by progressive and minority groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon decided to end funding for Urban Shield after this year."Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today's vote," said Alameda County Keith Carson, in making a motion to end the event, as it is … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSIt was not too early for a number of potential East Bay candidates to announce intentions to run next year, or, at least, begin to put out feelers. A number of statewide candidates from the region opened campaign accounts, including Richmond's Gayle McLaughlin (Lt. gov), Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (state superintendent), … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: With 2018 election cycle ahead, candidates made early moves

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Part II: April-June: Richmond’s Ellis loses Dem chair race

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSHeading into the spring, most a number of East Bay cities had already moved toward declaring sanctuary city status. Some began contemplating the next step: urging Congress to impeach Trump. But issues closer to home dominated the conversation. In Oakland, the mayor and police department was still dealing with the … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Part II: April-June: Richmond’s Ellis loses Dem chair race

In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

Tuesday's resolution will allow AlamedaCounty's two medical cannabis dispensariesto seek state licenses for adult-use.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSUnincorporated Alameda County's two medical cannabis dispensaries would be financially impacted if not allowed to sell recreational cannabis starting next month, said the Alameda County's Director of Community Development.A majority of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday, … Continue reading In a reversal, Alameda County approves adult-use cannabis sales in unincorporated areas

Alameda County’s first Mexican-American elected official, Bernie Morales, dies at 100

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSBernie Morales, the first Mexican-American elected to public office in Alameda County history, died Monday. He was 100.His passing marked a somber beginning to Tuesday morning's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting. In addition, to Morales, the wife of appointed Alameda County Treasurer-Controller Henry Levy, who passed away earlier this month was also … Continue reading Alameda County’s first Mexican-American elected official, Bernie Morales, dies at 100

Chan raises possibility of countywide ballot measure to combat homelessness

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chanat Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meetingin Oakland.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORSHomelessness is so pervasive in Alameda County that the only long-term solution to the problem may be to ask voters to approve a bond measure, says Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan."There just isn't enough money to serve this county," Chan said during … Continue reading Chan raises possibility of countywide ballot measure to combat homelessness

ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

ALAMEDA COUNTYThe serious lack of affordable housing in the East Bay was clearly apparent to voters in Alameda County last year with approval of Measure A1, a $580 million general obligation bond to help foster new ownership of affordable housing and units for renters.On Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally approved the issuance … Continue reading ALCO begins process of issuing $580 million Measure A1 affordable housing bonds

Alameda County rebuttal to grand jury report unsurprisingly swats away sharp criticisms

Supervisor Wilma Chan confronting protestersduring an Alameda County Board ofSupervisors meeting in 2016.ALAMEDA COUNTYA scathing Alameda County grand jury report last June included a number of sharp criticisms against the county and members of the Board of Supervisors. Among them, questioning the Board of Supervisors' ability to shower unfettered amounts of district funds on community … Continue reading Alameda County rebuttal to grand jury report unsurprisingly swats away sharp criticisms

Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Eric Swalwell announcing his first run forCongress at a 2011 rally in Dublin.15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTOn a rainy night in April 2012, during what would be former Rep. Pete Stark's final political campaign, the irascible 40-year congressman lashed out at his young opponent, then Dublin Councilmember Eric Swalwell, alleging he took bribes from a well-connected Tri-Valley developer. … Continue reading Prominent Tri-Valley developer indicted for illegal campaign contributions to Swalwell

Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS--MONEYBALL--It may be only August, but for federal, state and county races, the time for campaigns to raise money in advance of the June Primary is now. Based on mid-year campaign finance reports through June 30, several East Bay politicians were busy this year. Below are contributions, expenditure and ending cash on hand … Continue reading Form 460: East Bay’s semi-annual campaign finance reports

After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and MC Hammerat the Warriors victory parade Thursday.ALAMEDA COUNTYOn a similar sun-swept afternoon in Oakland two years ago, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty stepped to the lectern and addressed an estimated 1 million Warriors fans at Lake Merritt following the Warriors' first NBA championship in 40 years.Haggerty's speech, though, became infamous … Continue reading After colleague’s long-winded Warriors speech two years ago, Wilma Chan keeps it short

Swalwell, Valle want Sutter Health to forgive $19m judgment to help St. Rose Hospital survive

Rep. Eric Swalwell has agreed to lead a blue-ribbon commission to alleviate Hayward'sSt. Rose Hospital and its finances.ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County Supervisor Richard Valle said Monday that a blue-ribbon commission, already supported by Rep. Eric Swalwell, should be created to help solve the worsening financial condition at St. Rose Hospital, a facility viewed as crucial for … Continue reading Swalwell, Valle want Sutter Health to forgive $19m judgment to help St. Rose Hospital survive

Eden Health District taps former St. Rose executive as next CEO

Michael Mahoney takes over for retiring EdenHealth District CEO Dev Mahadevan in June.EDEN HEALTH DISTRICTThe Eden Health District Board of Directors on Wednesday named former St. Rose Hospital executive Michael Mahoney to be its next CEO. He replaces long-time CEO Dev Mahadevan, who announced his retirement in March.Mahoney will receive a one-year, $145,000 base salary, … Continue reading Eden Health District taps former St. Rose executive as next CEO

Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Texas-based Paramedics Plus won a controversialcontract for Alameda County EMS services in2010, but has financially struggled ever since.ALAMEDA COUNTYThe three-year extension of a controversial Alameda County contract for emergency ambulance services was moved forward by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, but not without both sides recognizing the relationship’s future is doubtful.The Alameda County Board of … Continue reading Controversial Alameda County EMS contract nears 3-year contract extension, but future relationship is doubtful

Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity

Henry Levy will be sworn-in as Alameda County'snext treasurer-tax collector sometime in May.ALAMEDA COUNTYIn the end the unions got their man. Following an hour-long deliberation, highlighted by some contention, including questions about the applicant's integrity, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Henry Levy as treasurer-tax collector, replacing the retired Donald White. Levy, a long-time … Continue reading Alameda County Supes appoint treasurer-tax collector, but some question his integrity