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

Alameda County covid-19 cases by city

ALAMEDA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES BY CITIES (UPDATED - CLICK BELOW) •Confirmed total cases in Alameda County: 67,096. Deaths: 764, as of Jan. 19. **Alameda County rate/100k residents: 4,069.0. Covid-19 cases by city Total CasesRate/100k**Oakland20,9204,976.4Hayward10,6196,689.7Fremont5,8702,517.5Eden Area*4,6786,854.4San Leandro4,1244,632.9Livermore3,4443,871.4Union City 3,1014,263.9Berkeley2,3862,002.4Newark2,1704,412.2Castro Valley1,9663,058.5Pleasanton1,7722,245.9Alameda1,7892,305.7Dublin1,2681,846.6Fairview4744,495.0Emeryville3242,592.6Albany 2451,273.6Piedmont1471,360.9Sunol303,141.4Others1,227*Eden Area includes unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo.**Rate per 100,000 residents.

Alameda County’s Top 20 fundraisers

Alameda County District 1 supervisorial candidate David Haubert shoveled in campaign cash like no other candidate this year, according to finance reports. Haubert's haul was more than double the next highest fundraiser in any race in Alameda County. Oakland At-Large City Council candidate Derreck Johnson was a distant second in a top 10 that included … Continue reading Alameda County’s Top 20 fundraisers

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

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

Alameda County schools will not reopen this year; students to attend virtual classrooms

The academic school year in Alameda County will continue at home, not in the physical classroom. Alameda County Superintendent Karen Monroe said Tuesday that public schools will not reopen for the remainder of the current school year due to the covid-19 pandemic. “We must ensure that we continue to do all we can to support … Continue reading Alameda County schools will not reopen this year; students to attend virtual classrooms

Eden Health District to purchase 100,000 medical masks; help fund 3 testing sites

The Eden Health District Board of Directors authorized the purchase of 100,000 new medical masks on Wednesday, in addition, to helping fund three proposed covid-19 mobile testing sites in Alameda County. "We're going to end up being the lightning rod for getting this thing going," said Gordon Galvan, chair of the Eden Health District Board … Continue reading Eden Health District to purchase 100,000 medical masks; help fund 3 testing sites

East Bay park district will keep its parks open during shelter in place; attendance is high

The East Bay's 73 parks and 1,250 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will remain open to the public during the state's shelter in place order, the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors announced on Thursday. Gov. Gavin Newsom's executive order calls for a three-week shelter in place in order … Continue reading East Bay park district will keep its parks open during shelter in place; attendance is high

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

Kaplan wants Oakland to buy tax-defaulted parcels coming soon to auction

Move follows the "Moms 4 Housing" controversy in Oakland.

On second thought, Haggerty splits support for his successor

At the end of Sunday's two-and-a-half-hour candidate forum in Pleasanton, state Sen. Bob Wieckowski praised retiring Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty for his two-decades-plus service in District 1, but neglected to mention the outgoing supervisor's endorsement of his campaign to replace him. Moments later, Dublin Vice Mayor Melissa Hernandez touted Haggerty's endorsement as her own, … Continue reading On second thought, Haggerty splits support for his successor

ALCOD1: Dems make no endorsement, but one candidate was close

The plethora of viable candidates in the Alameda County Board of Supervisors race in District 1 made it unlikely any of them would receive enough support from Alameda County Democrats to win their crucial endorsement. The prognostication turned out correct Wednesday night when the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee voted "no endorsement" in the race … Continue reading ALCOD1: Dems make no endorsement, but one candidate was close

Alameda County to allocate $1M to help federal employees facing food insecurity during shutdown

Thousands of East Bay residents have generously donated food and services for struggling federal workers who have not received a paycheck during the 35-day government shutdown. With reports of federal workers turning to food pantries, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is set to allocate up to $1 million to the Alameda County Community Food … Continue reading Alameda County to allocate $1M to help federal employees facing food insecurity during shutdown

Baker concedes to Bauer-Kahan in stunning East Bay upset

Baker thanks supporters and family as updated results Friday evening put Bauer-Kahan up by 2,513 votes.

AD16: Baker’s lead down to 205 votes

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan has gained more than 400 votes on Catharine Baker since last Saturday.