Alameda County bans flavored tobacco products, enacts retail licensing fee

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors banned the sale of flavored tobacco, including menthol, and flavored e-cigarette products in unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance, a second and final reading of which was approved Tuesday afternoon, also requires tobacco retailers to pay an annual licensing fee. County staff believes the fee will ultimately be … Continue reading Alameda County bans flavored tobacco products, enacts retail licensing fee

Castro Valley: Despite rule change, MAC re-elects two familiar faces

A new policy instituted by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley last fall to rotate the chair of his appointed Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council was intended to appease community concerns that one controversial member was consolidating power. But the gesture was seen as empty by some in Castro Valley because it was not retroactively applied, … Continue reading Castro Valley: Despite rule change, MAC re-elects two familiar faces