2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle donning the now ubiquitous medical masks during a meeting in October. Tom Hanks was infected with covid-19 and the NBA abruptly put its season on hold in March. Away we were with the most trying year in many generations. The covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways. It made … Continue reading 2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Former East Bay assemblymember named to FPPC

Former East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker is joining the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Baker, who served the Tri-Valley and parts of Contra Costa County in the 16th Assembly District for two terms, was named to the FPPC by California state Controller Betty Yee. Catharine Baker After losing re-election in 2018, Baker has kept … Continue reading Former East Bay assemblymember named to FPPC

Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

On a day when several East Bay cities announced nighttime curfews following a weekend of unrest, Alameda County declared a countywide curfew set to begin at 8 p.m. on Monday night. As opposed to some local curfews initiated on Monday morning, which are set to run through June 8, the county order ends on June … Continue reading Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

A bill to create a pilot program for some Medi-Cal recipients in Alameda County to receive healthy food was unanimously approved this week by the Assembly Health Committee. The legislation, sponsored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, envisions a “food as medicine” approach to help lower-income Alameda County residents who are struggling with chronic ailments, … Continue reading Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

The Eden Health District Board of Director's search for a new full-time chief executive officer came down to two candidates well versed in East Bay politics. The board unanimously chose to offer a contract to Mark Friedman, a former El Cerrito mayor and long-time aide to former Alameda County supervisor and state senate leader Don … Continue reading Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

Wieckowski recycling bill, opposed by wineries, fails in state senate

Bill would have removed exemptions for wine and beer bottles.

Poll: Alameda County supervisors race is a four-way statistical tie

An internal poll conducted earlier this month by Alameda County supervisorial candidate Melissa Hernandez's campaign reveals all four candidates in the District 1 are in a statistical dead-heat with just one week before vote-by-mail ballots begin appearing in mailboxes. The executive summary of the poll, obtained by the East Bay Citizen, also shows voters in … Continue reading Poll: Alameda County supervisors race is a four-way statistical tie

Was OPD scurred?

In fact, one of their cars was seen making a quick U-turn.-Alameda County Undersheriff Rich Lucia subtlety mocking Oakland Police during a Board of Supervisors meeting for not helping sherrif's deputies during the eviction of the Moms 4 Housing women on Jan. 14.

Alameda County fire chief is retiring

Alameda County Fire Chief David Rocha will retire at the end of this year, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced last week. But not entirely. Rocha, however, will stay with department and serve as interim fire chief, Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler said. Rocha's retirement was discussed in closed session during a special Alameda … Continue reading Alameda County fire chief is retiring

Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward mayors back movement for customer-owned PG&E

A group of 22 California mayors and five county supervisors representing more than 5 million residents want PG&E to become a public co-op. A letter from the growing number of civic leaders was sent Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to consider the idea of a customer-owned public utility. The argue the […]

Miley is not opposed to Hayward annexing Cherryland, but wants no ‘cherry-picking’ of land

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley told a neighborhood group in Cherryland earlier this month that they should consider a proposal, in its early stages, for Hayward city officials to study the feasibility of annexing their incorporated area. "I'm not opposed to annexation, but that's not my call," he told members of the Cherryland Community Association … Continue reading Miley is not opposed to Hayward annexing Cherryland, but wants no ‘cherry-picking’ of land

Nadia Lockyer, in disturbing social media post, accuses Bill Lockyer of rape

In a chilling social media post Wednesday night, former Alameda County supervisor Nadia Lockyer accused her husband, former state attorney general Bill Lockyer, of raping her. Nadia Lockyer, who now lives in Long Beach, also appeared suicidal, writing on Facebook, "Bill is the reason I take my life now."Over the years, Nadia Lockyer has written … Continue reading Nadia Lockyer, in disturbing social media post, accuses Bill Lockyer of rape

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.

Scott Haggerty on the Warriors move

I'm going to be real clear, the day the Warriors bought that team they had a foot out the door.-Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty during an April 23 Board of Supervisors meeting on the owners of the Golden State Warriors early intent to move the team to San Francisco.

Miley’s CV MAC appointee says Urban Shield critics would change their minds if a gunman walked into Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting

In advance of Tuesday's likely contentious Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting on the future of Urban Shield, a member of the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council said Monday that dissenting supervisors might think differently about eliminating or downgrading the emergency preparedness training event if a gunman stormed tomorrow's proceedings. Chuck Moore, a Castro Valley … Continue reading Miley’s CV MAC appointee says Urban Shield critics would change their minds if a gunman walked into Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting