Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

Alameda County officials are in the early stages of proposing a ballot measure for November to increase its sales tax by a half-cent in order to fund solutions for reducing the region's growing homelessness crisis. The issue of homelessness in Alameda County and across the Bay Area, is unequivocally viewed as the region's most vexing … Continue reading Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

Deborah Cox on November ballot measures

I think we're going to have to find revenue without dipping into people's pockets.-San Leandro Councilmember Deborah Cox on how voters, because of covid-19, may not be interested in approving tax measures this November.

A number of Alameda County measures near approval, but few uncounted ballots remain

Six ballot measures in Alameda County, primarily involving school parcel taxes and school bonds, are at or near the cusp of thresholds needed for passage. But with only provisional ballots remaining to be counted, as of Tuesday afternoon, time is running out. Two sit just over one-tenth of a percent over the two-thirds majority threshold. … Continue reading A number of Alameda County measures near approval, but few uncounted ballots remain

City Council Briefing: Tax breaks for landlords, proposed ballot measures, Santos to be honored

East Bay City Council meeting highlights for the week of Oct. 21: >>> OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m) - Item 11 MOM AND POP TAX BREAK  - Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo's proposal from last fall to offer small-time landlords a limited business tax exemption on gross receipt comes to the Finance and Management Committee meeting … Continue reading City Council Briefing: Tax breaks for landlords, proposed ballot measures, Santos to be honored

San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

While East Bay tenants activists have changed the political landscape in recent years in Oakland, Alameda, and Hayward, by forcing stronger housing protections, their achievements have largely sidestepped implementation in San Leandro. A newly formed San Leandro tenants group is planning a citizens-driven "fair rent" ballot initiative to remedy the lack of new renters protections … Continue reading San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

An Alameda City Council, buoyed by a November election that built upon its progressive majority while trouncing a landlords-backed ballot initiative, moved forward Tuesday night with a menu of sweeping new protections coming soon for struggling Alameda renters. The council directed its staff to prepare a just-cause ordinance for possible approval next month, a regulation … Continue reading Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

ALAMEDA: Former mayor says you can’t be a NIMBY if you don’t have a backyard

Alameda County Democrats vote to oppose Alameda special election measure to block a homeless center for seniors.

San Leandro is already eyeing tax measures for 2020

A structural deficit in San Leandro may worsen if the economy turns downward soon. High turnout elections in 2020 could help support tax measures.

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.

EBC|AGENDA: July 13-19 — SAN LEANDRO allocates $14m for road work; OAKLAND 1% tax measure on rental properties

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Alameda places half-cent sales tax measure on November ballot

Also: Alameda mayor, put on the spot, suggests she will support the landlords-backed charter amendment this fall

After narrow June defeat, Alameda County is readying another childcare tax measure for Nov.

Last month, Alameda County's Measure A childcare and early education sales tax increase failed by just 0.47 percent at the ballot box. A comeback in the fall appears likely.

EBC AGENDA: June 1-6 — San Leandro closed session; Planning for Nov. tax measures; more budget talks; Oakland training program

Oakland revisits the controversial Cypress Mandela Training Program proposal on Tuesday. Special time, 5 p.m. Don't forget to vote on June 5!