East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie joins Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson discuss his profanity-laced comments against delaying the minimum wage in Alameda, and the island city's potentially grim budget outlook. And what about the time a constituent invited Jim to discuss city matters in her hot tub? Also, coronavirus conspiracy (Putin did it), and VP, local … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

East Bay Insiders – Episode 19 – Covid-15 minimum wage delay

The shelter in place continues. Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson, however, sort of like the new routine presented by the covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they discuss the potential for delays in raising the minimum wage spreading across the East Bay. Happy Easter!

Bonta leads ‘community clap’ for healthcare, grocery workers

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Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

Each of the five total candidates in a pair of Alameda County Board of Educations races on the March primary ballot have small to non-existent campaigns of their own. But voters in Alameda's Area 2 and in Hayward's Area 5 know these races are being fought in their mailboxes by way of tens of thousands … Continue reading Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

Alamedans strongly believe their teachers are underpaid, but support for a proposed parcel tax measure on the March 2020 primary ballot is at or below the two-thirds majority required for it to be a success at the ballot box, according to a poll commissioned by the Alameda Unified School District. An early version of the … Continue reading With low teacher pay, Alameda USD did polling for a parcel tax. The results are passable

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

Even with shutdown over, ALCO supes still allocate $1M to food bank

Federal workers are still in the hole financially, said Supervisor Haggerty. Plus, the government shutdown could resume on Feb. 15.

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 15–ISIS lady; Alameda Fox News; fire and brimstone with Hayward council candidate Joe Ramos

Will Hayward ever receive salvation? Hayward City Council candidate Joe Ramos, also a preacher, believes only if residents seek a new path. Ramos leads a prayer and offers his vision for Hayward in the most passionate Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast yet. Another Hayward council candidate, who is Afghan American, was asked whether she receives … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 15–ISIS lady; Alameda Fox News; fire and brimstone with Hayward council candidate Joe Ramos

ELECTIONLINE: Alameda landlords’ Measure K dilemma; Newsom to speak at Wicks’ campaign headquarters

DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY: 61 DAYS UNTIL VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS SENT: 32 ALAMEDA MEASURE K The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) will open its campaign against Measure K, the landlords-backed ballot initiative to lock-in the city's existing rent stabilization ordinance in the City Charter, with a rally this Sunday. Last Wednesday, supporters of No on K received … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Alameda landlords’ Measure K dilemma; Newsom to speak at Wicks’ campaign headquarters

Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

In recent Alameda elections, the backing of the island's influential firefighters union has often resulted in victory for candidates. It remains to be seen what happens when they choose to sit out a a race. Somewhat surprisingly, the firefighters' union has decided not to weigh-in on the potentially wide-open mayoral race between Mayor Trish Herrera … Continue reading Alameda firefighters will sit out the mayor’s race

Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

Despite an admonition that Alameda City Council candidates not address the city's recent city manager scandal while one of her actions are under review by the Alameda County District Attorney's office, one candidate went there with his very first sentence during a forum last week. The aggressive attack by Alameda council candidate Tony Daysog set … Continue reading Early battle lines drawn in Alameda council race

FIRST LOOK: Alameda mayoral race

Challengers for Alameda mayor say they support repeal of Costa-Hawkins, Mayor Spencer does not

The November ballot is set in the East Bay

Who is running for mayor, city council and school board in your city, along with a number of interesting down ballot races this fall