Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Tesla founder Elon Musk has tussled with Alameda County officials in an effort to reopen its sprawling Fremont plant on several occasions since a shelter in place was ordered in March. A plan to resume work on Friday afternoon was again rebuffed by local public health officials, leading Musk to escalate the disagreement by filing … Continue reading Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

ALCO Board of Ed race has a Hayward school board flavor; Three seek to replace long-time Superior Court judge

The retirement of long-time Hayward-area Trustee Fred Sims from the county board of education opens up a three-person race that includes two candidates with ties to the Hayward school board. Lisa Brunner, who served on the Hayward school board until she lost re-election last year, joins current Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso, and educator … Continue reading ALCO Board of Ed race has a Hayward school board flavor; Three seek to replace long-time Superior Court judge

Former Coliseum JPA official charged with felony conflict of interest

When the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, the governing board that oversees operations of the Oakland Coliseum complex, was seeking out the tech firm RingCentral about becoming the stadium's new naming rights partner, JPA Executive Director Scott McKibben illegally asked the company's representatives for a $50,000 fee to negotiate a deal, prosecutors charged Nov. 27 in … Continue reading Former Coliseum JPA official charged with felony conflict of interest

Two Alameda County judges hit with FPPC fines from 2016 election

Alameda County Superior Court Judges Scott Jackson and Jennifer Madden were elected to the bench during the 2016 election cycle. Now, both were issued fines by the state's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Friday for failing to report campaign finance reports in a timely manner. Both received stipulations due to be consider at the … Continue reading Two Alameda County judges hit with FPPC fines from 2016 election

Oakland’s Measure AA

Allowing Measure AA to be enacted with less than two-thirds of the votes would constitute a 'fraud on the voters.'-Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronni MacLaren, writing in a decision Tuesday against Oakland's 2018 parcel tax measure which garnered just 62 percent support.

Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

An Alameda County judge ruled last week against a compliant made by opponents of a wellness center for homeless seniors that Alameda officials failed to properly study the project's impact on the environment. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against the group calling itself the Friends of Crab Cove on Aug. 16. The … Continue reading Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Dublin residents who mounted recall efforts against two locally elected officials were illegally barred by the Alameda County Registar of Voters from reviewing fully a recall petition that narrowly failed to secure the required number of signatures to appear on the November election, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 28 in Alameda County Superior Court. … Continue reading Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Oakland mayoral candidate sues Twitter, Facebook for $150M; alleges he was shadow banned

Mercurial Oakland mayoral candidate Peter Liu is suing Silicon Valley giants Twitter and Facebook for $150 million in damages. Liu field the lawsuit last week in Alameda Superior Court and alleges that both companies limited his reach to his followers on the social media sites with a technique called "shadow banning," which can shield posn … Continue reading Oakland mayoral candidate sues Twitter, Facebook for $150M; alleges he was shadow banned

Alameda Labor Council says AC Transit director once accused of domestic violence embodies its values

The influential Alameda Labor Council recently endorsed the re-election of AC Transit board member and accused domestic abuser Joel Young, and was actively lobbying members of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to do the same right up until the eve of the party's endorsement meeting last Saturday. The effort by labor, however, rankled some … Continue reading Alameda Labor Council says AC Transit director once accused of domestic violence embodies its values

Lawsuit alleges Livermore City Council deliberately undermined measure to lower health care costs

Similar initiatives to limit health care charges to 15 percent of cost is coming to Palo Alto this, fall, and possibly Emeryville

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.

Judge dismisses all charges against couple once blamed for fall of ACAP

The ACAP saga hamstrung Alameda County officials like Supervisor Nate Miley for appearing to have neglected to monitor the struggling agency tasked with helping the poor.