2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle donning the now ubiquitous medical masks during a meeting in October. Tom Hanks was infected with covid-19 and the NBA abruptly put its season on hold in March. Away we were with the most trying year in many generations. The covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways. It made … Continue reading 2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

A 29-unit tiny homes project on the grounds of Fairmont Hospital in unincorporated Alameda County remains on schedule to qualify for $3.9 million in federal CARES Act funding, county officials said on Tuesday. When asked by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson if the county will miss a Dec. 20 deadline set by the federal government, … Continue reading Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

The Oakland Zoo is bleeding money and at risk of closure if it does not reopen soon, its executive vice president said. The Oakland Zoo, which has been closed since the covid-19 shelter in place was ordered in mid-March, is losing $2.5 million in revenue each month due to the closure, Nik Dehejia, the Oakland … Continue reading Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

‘We’re going to have to pivot much sooner’: Alameda County’s budget deficit is likely higher

Alameda County's baseline budget shortfall of $72 million is likely somewhere closer to $140 million, and possibly larger, county officials said on Tuesday. Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi warned the Board of Supervisors will need to deal with the abrupt economic downturn faster than previously expected. Earlier this month, at a budget workshop session, Muranishi … Continue reading ‘We’re going to have to pivot much sooner’: Alameda County’s budget deficit is likely higher