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

Alameda County supervisors end summer session by approving a flurry of covid-19 relief programs

Alameda County supervisors wrapped up business prior to their month-long August recess with a number of items intended to help residents cope with the coronavirus, including a pilot program to offer a stipend to those recuperating from the virus, and a limited renters assistance program. A tiny home program in unincorporated Alameda County for unsheltered … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors end summer session by approving a flurry of covid-19 relief programs

Covid-19 is hitting unincorporated Alameda County hard and local MACs haven’t met since pandemic started

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County often describe a sense of being an afterthought for county leaders. The resentment was furthered this month when some in unincorporated areas called for Alameda County health officials to provide detailed information about the number of confirmed covid-19 cases and deaths in their areas. Without specific information, … Continue reading Covid-19 is hitting unincorporated Alameda County hard and local MACs haven’t met since pandemic started

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

BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

John McPartland, the BART board director who once received a concealed weapons permit to protect himself from upset constituents, metaphorically shot himself in the foot after offering cringe-worthy comments to an attorney, who is female. The exchange occurred as the BART Board of Directors was presented with a report for a proposed ban on panhandling … Continue reading BART board official’s embarrassing gaffe

Miley wants to declare disaster emergency for homeless in Castro Valley

A homeless encampment of more than 40 individuals under the freeway in Castro Valley will soon be cleared by CalTrans workers. In the aftermath, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley foresees a scattering of homeless individuals the unincorporated areas that he believes constitutes an emergency disaster declaration. Earlier this month, Miley, who represents unincorporated Castro Valley, … Continue reading Miley wants to declare disaster emergency for homeless in Castro Valley

Chabot-Las Positas district makes appointment to replace departed trustee

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board of Trustee made its second appointment in the last three months with the appointment of Maria Heredia to replace trustee Donald "Dobie" Gelles, who passed away on May 2. Heredia, pictured right, is a Castro Valley resident, and a retired chair of the counseling department at the City College … Continue reading Chabot-Las Positas district makes appointment to replace departed trustee

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

STIA podcast: Ep. 32 — Dublin is blinded by rainbows; Castro Valley rebels

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‘Dobie’ Gelles, Chabot-Las Positas college trustee who represented Castro Valley, dies

Dobie Gelles, a life-long advocate of education in Castro Valley, and trustee on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board died May 2. He was 80. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to reports. Gelles was elected to the community college board in 1998 and was just re-elected to the Area 4 seat … Continue reading ‘Dobie’ Gelles, Chabot-Las Positas college trustee who represented Castro Valley, dies

ALCO supervisors to reconsider its direction to ban some rodeo events

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will reconsider a direction its planning committee made to staff last January to create a draft ordinance banning "mutton busting," a rodeo act that includes young children riding sheep that is akin to bullriding. The planning committee voted, 4-1, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty voting no, on Jan. 15 after … Continue reading ALCO supervisors to reconsider its direction to ban some rodeo events

Miley’s CV MAC appointee says Urban Shield critics would change their minds if a gunman walked into Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting

In advance of Tuesday's likely contentious Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting on the future of Urban Shield, a member of the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council said Monday that dissenting supervisors might think differently about eliminating or downgrading the emergency preparedness training event if a gunman stormed tomorrow's proceedings. Chuck Moore, a Castro Valley … Continue reading Miley’s CV MAC appointee says Urban Shield critics would change their minds if a gunman walked into Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting

After cries of animal cruelty, Alameda County Supervisors may soon ban ‘mutton busting’

The Rowell Ranch Rodeo has long been an annual tradition in Castro Valley and surrounding areas. But local animal rights activists say some of the rodeo's events, such as "mutton busting," which allow young children to ride sheep similar to bull riding, and "wild cow milking" are inhumane, and requires a long-overdue reexamination of the … Continue reading After cries of animal cruelty, Alameda County Supervisors may soon ban ‘mutton busting’

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 13–Interview with 15th Congressional District candidate Rudy Peters

Republican 15th Congressional District candidate Rudy Peters was almost stabbed while campaigning at a public event last month in Castro Valley. He survived and the man was arrested and the campaign moves forward. Peters sat down for a chat this week in downtown Livermore to discuss the incident that made national news and how he … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 13–Interview with 15th Congressional District candidate Rudy Peters

Swalwell apologizes for ‘Boo hoo hoo’ tweet

East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell has for more than a year offered near daily jeers and taunts toward President Donald Trump to the delight of his Democratic followers. He may have gone to the well one too many times on Wednesday morning when Swalwell posted a tweet regarding the ongoing Supreme Court nomination of Judge … Continue reading Swalwell apologizes for ‘Boo hoo hoo’ tweet