Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting the installation of natural gas in new structures. City leaders said the ordinance is fundamental for Oakland to achieve its climate action goals, among them reducing greenhouses by 36 percent below 2005 levels. If Oakland … Continue reading Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

A decision by the Alameda County sheriff to rescind a countywide curfew one day earlier than scheduled set off a rush of cities to remove their own more stringent orders on Thursday. The call to lift the countywide curfew, which was set to expire at 5 a.m. on Friday morning was "due to restoration of … Continue reading Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

Alameda officials took steps to defy Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern's five-day countywide curfew on Tuesday night when they decided against extending the city's two-day curfew past Wednesday morning. The council went further by directing its city attorney to study the legality of the countywide curfew Ahern order on Monday afternoon. But it was the … Continue reading ‘Our sovereignty is being infringed’: Alameda contemplates litigation against sheriff’s curfew

Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

On a day when several East Bay cities announced nighttime curfews following a weekend of unrest, Alameda County declared a countywide curfew set to begin at 8 p.m. on Monday night. As opposed to some local curfews initiated on Monday morning, which are set to run through June 8, the county order ends on June … Continue reading Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

Arreguin on SOTU

No matter how many times Trump lies about Sanctuary Cities, the facts remain unchanged. Sanctuary cities are safer and more economically prosperous.-Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley mayor, responding to President Trump's State of the Union address.

Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward mayors back movement for customer-owned PG&E

A group of 22 California mayors and five county supervisors representing more than 5 million residents want PG&E to become a public co-op. A letter from the growing number of civic leaders was sent Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to consider the idea of a customer-owned public utility. The argue the […]

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

Realtors spending big bucks to thwart housing tax measures in Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley

National Association of Realtor have spent nearly $150,000 to stop Hayward's Measure T real estate transfer tax increase.

AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

When 15th Assembly District candidate Jovanka Beckles was asked at a forum two weeks ago to name her political heroes, she heaped praise on former Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Barbara Lee. The latter may have been listening. Beckles received Lee's endorsement Wednesday. The backing of perhaps the most popular elected … Continue reading AD15: Barbara Lee endorses Jovanka Beckles

Berkeley audience laughed when Buffy Wicks declared her campaign corporate-free

Later, Buffy Wicks gave President Barack Obama hearty praise. "I love me some Barack Obama."

Alameda may raise its minimum wage

If approved, Alameda's minimum wage would reach the threshold 18 months before the state mandate in 2022.

Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

The East Bay's largest progressive group is backing a number of candidates running insurgent campaign against Oakland incumbents for the mayor's race and two council matchups. The Wellstone Renewal Club is apparently not immune from the current zeitgeist surrounding far left candidates in the state and some parts of the country. The group also endorsed … Continue reading Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

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

Ron Dellums, influential congressman and self-described ‘commie pinko from Berkeley’, dies at 82

Dellums, one of the East Bay's most influential public officials ever died Monday following a bout with prostate cancer.