Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

The Oakland Athletics finalized the purchase of Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum property for $85 million on Monday. The deal is another step toward the franchise’s plans to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal, along with a future development at the Coliseum. The team is currently in negotiations with Oakland to buy the … Continue reading Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

Candidates for Alameda County supervisor are pulling no punches

Dublin Mayor David Haubert opened the first public debate last month with Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon in the race for the open District 1 seat on the powerful Alameda County Board of Supervisors by striking a friendly tone. Haubert is well-known in the district’s Tri-Valley half, but less so in Fremont. “I love Fremont,” Haubert … Continue reading Candidates for Alameda County supervisor are pulling no punches

PREVIEW: Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1

Meet the Candidates ALCO District 1 March primary candidates: Bob Wieckowski, Vinnie Bacon, David Haubert, and Melissa Hernandez. Bob Wieckowski represents the 10th State Senate District, which includes Fremont, but not the Tri-Valley half of District 1 on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Prior to the state Senate, Wieckowski served in the Assembly and … Continue reading PREVIEW: Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1

Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener unveiled the latest version of SB50, the legislation that would allow upzoning for housing developments near transit centers, at a press conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall on Tuesday morning. But protesters concerned whether the bill will include much-needed affordable housing drowned out the entire press conference … Continue reading Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

A proposed California constitutional amendment to lower the threshold for local tax and bond measures from 67 percent to 55 percent failed to gain its own two-third majority for passage Monday in the state Assembly. The amendment, which would require the approval of voters, needed 54 votes for passage. It managed just 44. Fifteen members … Continue reading Bill lowering threshold to pass local tax measures fails; Bauer-Kahan avoids vote

As housing crisis rages, Hayward aims to build only 74 homes on 37 acres of prime land

A 37-acre parcel of hillside land near Cal State East Bay in Hayward, long ago envisioned by CalTrans as part of a freeway extension, moved closer to development on Tuesday, but not without concerns the future neighborhood will cater to the rich at a time when housing displacement is becoming rampant in the city. The … Continue reading As housing crisis rages, Hayward aims to build only 74 homes on 37 acres of prime land

Bauters on Danville’s celebration

If the Danville Town Council dishes out cake to celebrate making 7.6% of a building affordable then perhaps I should throw a citywide taco party to celebrate the 87 units of 100% affordable housing we’re opening this fall. -Emeryville Councilmember John Bauters on Twitter Monday.

Did the Castro Valley MAC undermine a 199-unit affordable housing project before it was even proposed?

A proposed 199-unit affordable housing and retail project that may be the largest in Castro Valley's history is meeting resistance from the unincorporated area's de-facto municipal government even though an official application has yet to be filed with the Alameda County Planning Department. The Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (CVMAC) took the unprecedented step of … Continue reading Did the Castro Valley MAC undermine a 199-unit affordable housing project before it was even proposed?

Hayward landlords are taking advantage of the housing crisis, says report

Nearly half of all Hayward tenants spend 35% or more of their monthly income on rent.

HAYWARD: Aisha Wahab sworn-in as first Afghan American elected official in U.S.

With heartfelt words, defiance, and a vow to stay true to her values, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab was sworn-in Tuesday night, becoming the first Afghan American elected official in the United States. "I ran because I believed the people of Hayward were hurting and struggling," Wahab said after taking her seat on the council dais. … Continue reading HAYWARD: Aisha Wahab sworn-in as first Afghan American elected official in U.S.

Fremont: Yang Shao declares opposition to nearly every type of discrimination

Shao expressed opposition last week to nearly every phobia, leaving out germs, height, and the number 13.

Developer who recently gained approval for project in Hayward bundled $12,816 in contributions to Mark Salinas’ mayoral campaign

When the Hayward City Council first heard a proposal to transform a downtrodden parcel on 26601 Mission Boulevard into a mixed-use project that includes 35 market-rate town homes and 39 market-rate apartment units, the plan was derided by city officials for its lack of affordable housing. The backers of the project, Robert Telles of DNS … Continue reading Developer who recently gained approval for project in Hayward bundled $12,816 in contributions to Mark Salinas’ mayoral campaign

Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

Despite an admonition that Alameda City Council candidates not address the city's recent city manager scandal while one of her actions are under review by the Alameda County District Attorney's office, one candidate went there with his very first sentence during a forum last week. The aggressive attack by Alameda council candidate Tony Daysog set … Continue reading Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

FIRST LOOK: Alameda mayoral race

Challengers for Alameda mayor say they support repeal of Costa-Hawkins, Mayor Spencer does not