Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

For years, Alameda County progressive have sought candidates to unseat long-time Sheriff Gregory Ahern. In every case they failed to find a challenger. But a pair of progressive Black women on Wednesday announced campaigns to not only unseat Ahern in 2022, but also Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. JoAnn Walker, a member of the … Continue reading Two progressive Black women launch campaigns to unseat Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, DA O’Malley

Appointed San Leandro planning commissioner asked to step down after anti-cop tweets

Last week, the San Leandro City Council approved the appointment of Guillermo Elenes to its planning and zoning adjustment commission. But after dozens of social media posts by Elenes using an acronym for the phrase "All Cops Are Bastards" later emerged, he was asked to step down on Wednesday. Elenes had not yet been sworn-in … Continue reading Appointed San Leandro planning commissioner asked to step down after anti-cop tweets

San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

Up to 16 inmates from San Quentin State Prison have been hospitalized in Alameda County hospitals, Health Care Services Agency Director Coleen Chawla said on Tuesday. As of Monday, there were 8-9 of those who remain hospitalized following a major outbreak of covid-19 at the state prison in Marin. In addition, between 15-18 San Quentin … Continue reading San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

Alameda County Dems call on candidates to pledge they will not accept money from the sheriff, related police unions

A call from the statewide Democratic Party to rid itself of political contributions from police unions is filtering down to the local level. The Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday that calls on elected officials and candidates in this fall election to pledge they will not accept contributions from the … Continue reading Alameda County Dems call on candidates to pledge they will not accept money from the sheriff, related police unions

‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

Alameda officials took steps to defy Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern's five-day countywide curfew on Tuesday night when they decided against extending the city's two-day curfew past Wednesday morning. The council went further by directing its city attorney to study the legality of the countywide curfew Ahern order on Monday afternoon. But it was the … Continue reading ‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

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

Ahern’s funding request for more deputies is now $106 million a year

UPDATE: Ahern's proposal is again postponed, but for a different reason.

Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Alameda County now tops 1,000, according to the Alameda County Public Health Office. Alameda County has 1,007 confirmed cases of covid-19, along with 39 deaths, according to the county's covid-19 statistics released on Thursday morning. (See below: Covid-19 cases by Alameda County city.) Oakland, with 242 confirmed … Continue reading Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

Sheriff Ahern is asking county for $255 million to hire 370 new employees

UPDATE from Tuesday's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting.

COVID-19: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

Allegations of poor sanitary conditions and, specifically, a lack of soap at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin have been made in recent weeks. Activists worry the conditions at the jail, which houses roughly 2,200 inmates, could exacerbate the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak within the jail. In response, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle said … Continue reading COVID-19: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

‘Our system is not being strapped at the moment,’ says Alameda County health care official

-Coronavirus news briefs from Alameda County: >>Influx of patients has not yet materialized. >>ALCO Sheriff's deputies not issuing citations. >>Hayward testing site could be model for others. Alameda County has only 112 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but the numbers are expected to significantly rise as early as this week, county health officials suggested during … Continue reading ‘Our system is not being strapped at the moment,’ says Alameda County health care official

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.

Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan had a seemingly innocuous question for Rich Lucia, the Alameda County undersheriff. Why were Alameda County sheriff's deputies deployed to evict the members of the Moms 4 Housing coalition last Tuesday morning, and not the Oakland Police Department? Lucia told the board that the sheriff's office had been in discussion … Continue reading Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

ALCO D1: Fremont vs. Dublin in East Bay’s marquee March primary race

The next person to represent District 1 on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be a current elected officials from either Fremont or Dublin. The four-person field was set Wednesday, although the list of candidates had solidified months ago. The March primary campaign is Alameda County's marquee race. It features a seat on the … Continue reading ALCO D1: Fremont vs. Dublin in East Bay’s marquee March primary race

Sheriff Ahern is getting a $3 million chopper

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern received approval to purchase a helicopter worth $2.9 million. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved funding for the Bell 505 JetRanger X on Tuesday morning. The five-seatbchopper is billed by sheriff's department as containing the "state-of-the-art public safety mission equipment to serve the citizens of Alameda County." It includes … Continue reading Sheriff Ahern is getting a $3 million chopper