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

Reynoso doesn’t have Hayward USD to kick around anymore; school board begins search for replacement

The Hayward school board will have a new member as early as February after an appointment process was approved during a special meeting on Tuesday night. Hayward school boardmembers formally declared Dr. Luis Reynoso's recently won seat was forfeited and deemed vacant. The school district determined Reynoso could not serve a fourth term on the … Continue reading Reynoso doesn’t have Hayward USD to kick around anymore; school board begins search for replacement

The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

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

Eden Health District replaces board director who quit to attend medical school

Castro Valley resident Pam Russo was appointed by the Eden Health District Board of Directors to replace Megan Lynch, the first-term director who recently resigned to attend medical school. Russo is the currently director of the Hayward Area Recreational and Parks District Foundation and a former St. Rose Hospital nurse and administrator. “At an unprecedented … Continue reading Eden Health District replaces board director who quit to attend medical school

Schaaf appoints new city administrator

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is appointing Ed Reiskin to be the city's next city administrator. Reiskin is a current assistant city administrator who previously led the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency. Much of Reiskin's resume is centered in San Francisco government. Prior to his roughly nine years at the held of SFMTA, Reiskin served as … Continue reading Schaaf appoints new city administrator

How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

Like vice-president and lieutenant governor, the honorific of vice mayor sounds important. But it's not. The ceremonial title's job prescription is solely to be a stand-in for the mayor at ribbon-cuttings and sometimes preside over a council meeting when the mayor is away. But most local voters don't readily know this, and come election time … Continue reading How he became San Leandro’s Vice Mayor Pete

One-time assembly hopeful appointed to East Bay Parks District

Twelve applied to replace East Bay Regional Parks District Board Director Whitney Dotson.

East Bay Parks official to retire

East Bay Regional Park District boardmember Whitney Dotson announced his retirement, effective this December. Dotson was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 after years as a community activist and environmentalist in Richmond. During Dotson's tenure, he supported completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail between Berkeley and Albany, and Pinole Shores and … Continue reading East Bay Parks official to retire

Lee named to U.N. General Assembly delegation

The 74th United Nations General Assembly opened Tuesday with an East Bay congressmember as part of the U.S. delegation. Rep. Barbara Lee was appointed as the congressional representative by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's the fourth time Lee has received the honor. Pelosi said Lee's appointment is a "testament to her lifetime of resolute leadership … Continue reading Lee named to U.N. General Assembly delegation

Chabot-Las Positas district makes appointment to replace departed trustee

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustee made its second appointment in the last three months with the appointment of Maria Heredia to replace trustee Donald "Dobie" Gelles, who passed away on May 2. Heredia, pictured right, is a Castro Valley resident, and a retired chair of the counseling department at the City College … Continue reading Chabot-Las Positas district makes appointment to replace departed trustee

Sbranti appointed to Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board

Former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti is returning to public service after the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees appointed him Tuesday to replace Carlo Vecchiarelli, the longtime trustee who retired in February . Sbranti will serve Area 5 on the board, which represents Dublin, Pleasanton, and Sunol. Tuesday evening's vote was unanimous. The … Continue reading Sbranti appointed to Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board

Cook-Kallio, Sbranti to interview for vacant Chabot-Las Positas trustee seat

In late January, Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustee Carlo Vecchiarelli announced his retirement after five decades of serving the district. Vecchiarelli was first elected to the board in 2004. The remaining six trustees will interview seven candidates Tuesday afternoon who are vying for an appointment to serve the remainder of Vecchiarelli's term, which … Continue reading Cook-Kallio, Sbranti to interview for vacant Chabot-Las Positas trustee seat

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update

>Alameda's cannabis ordinance crisis ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 5. -POSSIBLE LITIGATION- Alameda's Sunshine Ordinance was violated last October, according to the city's Open Government Committee, after the City Council approved cannabis ordinances that were not properly agendized. In December, the committee declared the council … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update