Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters will be asked this November to increase its current hotel tax up to 14 percent. A charter amendment to allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions will also appear on the fall ballot, the Hayward City Council decided last week. Hayward's 8.5 percent Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel … Continue reading Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will ask residents already struggling during a pandemic and economic downturn to give more to fund essential services after voting Tuesday to place a countywide half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. The ballot measure, introduced by Supervisor Wilma Chan, was unanimously supported by the board. A second … Continue reading Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters may be asked this November to amend its City Charter and allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions. The Hayward City Council unanimously voted to move forward the proposal on Tuesday night by directing staff to begin an analysis for placing the proposed charter amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot. The … Continue reading Hayward may ask voters to allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

Sixteen- and seventeen-year olds in Oakland could soon gain the right to vote in school board elections. The Oakland City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday afternoon to place the question on the November ballot. “Allowing young adults to have a vote in elections directly impacting them, helps improve responsiveness of these governmental roles, and … Continue reading Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

A initiative campaign backed by e-cigarette giant Juul to reverse an ordinance approved last month by the Livermore City Council to ban the sale of vaping products is heading to the ballot next year. Livermore followed San Francisco last July in banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, in an effort to curb youngsters from … Continue reading Juul-backed initiative to reverse Livermore’s e-cig ban qualifies for the ballot

Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

For now, the fight for and against just-cause renters' protections in Alameda appears over. The renters have won. The Alameda City Council approved adding a regulation Tuesday night long sought by local renters that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a specific reason. "Housing is basic human right. Period. End of sentence. Stop," Alameda Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

Fearing Oakland voters will become further disillusioned with their city government and uncertainty over a legal fight that could determine the fate of last November's controversial Measure AA result at the ballot box, the Oakland City Council decided late Tuesday night against collecting the $198 parcel tax, at least, for this year. Measure AA, was … Continue reading Oakland City Council votes to hold off for now on collecting Measure AA parcel tax

Cash-strapped Eden Health District eyes well-known, high-priced consultants

The Eden Health District, once the target of dissolution backed by some members of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and other elected officials, in part, because of its limited recent record of funding health-related endeavors in central Alameda County, is eyeing two well-known and high-priced consultants to help them regain their standing in the … Continue reading Cash-strapped Eden Health District eyes well-known, high-priced consultants

Costly Alameda special election set for April

The Alameda City Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to call a special election on April 9 after certification of a ballot measure petition circulated last year opposing the use of a waterfront property near Crab Cove for a $40 million federal and state-funded senior wellness center and services for the homeless. Alameda's special election will be … Continue reading Costly Alameda special election set for April

Hayward councilmember’s plea for tax measure: ‘We are at the breaking point’

Measure T would double Hayward's existing real property transfer tax from $4.50 per $1,000 of property value on residential and commercial buildings to $8.50.

Alameda officials considered lawsuit against Daysog’s rent ballot argument

Daysog filed his own lawsuit against the city last June to remove the council-approved ballot question for the landlord-backed rent stabilization charter amendment measure this fall.

Alameda County will not place Measure A redux on the ballot this November

The county's polling for another Measure A provided little certainty that it might be successful in November

Hayward ballot measure hopes to boost lowest transfer tax in Alameda County

The proposed Real Property Transfer Tax would add roughly $2,000 to the price of $500,000 property, the city said.

Daysog v. Alameda: former councilman files lawsuit over ballot question

Lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court is asking for an injunction to block the council-approved ballot question from appearing on the Nov. ballot