East Bay’s Top 10 November races to watch

Alameda County Supervisor District 1 Alameda County District 1 supervisorial candidates, Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert at an Aug. 17 virtual candidate forum. This race has already been the East Bay's most punishing for months. The Alameda County race for District 1 supervisor pits candidates from both halves of the roughly … Continue reading East Bay’s Top 10 November races to watch

City Council Briefing: San Leandro’s green wastewater project; Alameda gun violence town hall

>>> SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 7, 7 p.m.) - Item 10A WASTEWATER SOLUTION - The Wastewater Pollution Control Plant on Davis Street is slated to begin design a development for a greener method of removing nitrogen, phosphorus and other contaminants from a portion of the wastewater the city later discharges into the bay. The project, … Continue reading City Council Briefing: San Leandro’s green wastewater project; Alameda gun violence town hall

5 observations on the ALCO grand jury’s deferential view of law enforcement

People dying at Santa Rita Jail. Seems fine, says Alameda County grand jury.

Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

A statewide push to move California cities away from at-large municipal elections to a district-based system has snared Union City. Starting in November 2020, Union City voters will begin electing councilmembers by districts under the plan unanimously approved by the Union City Council Wednesday night. In the meantime, the Union City Council and community will begin discussions … Continue reading Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

Alameda voters head to the polls April 9 for a two-ballot measure special election pitting NIMBYs versus advocates of a homeless wellness center on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove. Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White joins the program to discuss the controversial special election. We also chat about the Alameda City Council's actions April 2, … Continue reading STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

ALAMEDA: Former mayor says you can’t be a NIMBY if you don’t have a backyard

Alameda County Democrats vote to oppose Alameda special election measure to block a homeless center for seniors.

Backers of Alameda special election initiative are hiding behind ‘cloak of secrecy,’ says complaint

Friends of Crab Cove, the proponents of a ballot measure set to come before voters at a special election next April, have never filed a campaign finance report since their effort began eight months ago. In response, an Alameda resident filed a complaint with the statewide Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Tuesday, saying the group … Continue reading Backers of Alameda special election initiative are hiding behind ‘cloak of secrecy,’ says complaint

With two weeks until Election Day, Alameda mayor takes trip to China

Spencer takes six-day business trip to China while her opponents continue their campaigns.

Alameda: Will voting against popular minimum wage increase hurt Spencer’s re-election?

Time and again, especially in the East Bay, raising the minimum wage has proven to be an extremely popular proposition. But unlike, most neighboring cities, Alameda has done little to accelerate the march toward $15 an hour mandated statewide by 2022. Earlier this month, the Alameda City Council voted to increase its minimum wage to … Continue reading Alameda: Will voting against popular minimum wage increase hurt Spencer’s re-election?

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 16–Charlie’s Angels in Oakland?; Interview with Alameda City Council candidate John Knox White

When Oakland District 4 City Council candidate Charlie Michelson abruptly suspended his campaign last weekend with just over three weeks to go until Election Day, the move raised eyebrows. I'll break down the possible reasons for surprising announcement. Whatever the reason it's probably not what he says it is. Later, I talk coffee and politics … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 16–Charlie’s Angels in Oakland?; Interview with Alameda City Council candidate John Knox White

EBC|AGENDA: Oct. 12-18–ALAMEDA may allow adult-use dispensaries; Numerous councils line up against Prop. 6

Oakland to help homeless living in cars with a safe palce to park; San Leandro is getting a new city clerk next week.

EBC AGENDA|Sept. 14-20—ALAMEDA minimum wage; ALAMEDA COUNTY may extend ‘dirty dirt’ moratorium; FREMONT settles with Verizon

SAN LEANDRO — Regular council meeting, Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Oct. 1. –FIBER OPTIC MASTER PLAN--  The council receives a report Monday night from consultant Magellan Advisors that plots the next stages in San Leandro's digital future, including how much it may cost. "The City of San Leandro … Continue reading EBC AGENDA|Sept. 14-20—ALAMEDA minimum wage; ALAMEDA COUNTY may extend ‘dirty dirt’ moratorium; FREMONT settles with Verizon

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 7: Ahem, Sheriff Ahern

It's the most disconcerting, yet wacky Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast yet. As more allegations against the Alameda County Sheriff's Office pile up in just the last few days, why does Sheriff Ahern continually escape scrutiny? In The Breakdown, the strange case of an once-prospective Alameda City Council candidate takes another turn. I take a … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 7: Ahem, Sheriff Ahern

ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT While Buffy Wicks' assembly campaign, as far as we know, has not yet poll-tested whether its staff should order Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese for dinner, there are indications the poll-obsessed, and well-funded campaign is again compiling data in advance of their fall campaign against Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles. Wicks' camp has sent … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

Judge denies petition to remove Alameda ballot question

Pending an appeal, Alameda's rent stabilization charter amendment measure will appear on the ballot as approved by the council last March.