East Bay Insiders – Ep 29 – 2020 wrap-up, 2021 crystal ball

Annus Horribilis is behind us. Coronavirus, masks, hand sanitizer, defund the police, recession, George Floyd dominated a memorable, yet forgettable year. We also look ahead to 2021 and the changes that may happen in the new year. Enjoy the show and thank you for listening! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

The pandemic has sent all government meetings to the virtual realm, but once the pandemic is behind us public speakers may be allowed to continue participation in Alameda County Board of Supervisors meetings from home. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle made the query during a special meeting on Tuesday as the board was receiving public … Continue reading Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

"Oakland Unified submitted its reopening plan this week to Alameda County in the hopes of allowing some students back to class beginning on Jan. 25, but the proposal is also contingent on bargaining with the teachers union as well as the number of coronavirus cases now surging through the country," KTVU reports. "California allows schools … Continue reading Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will ask residents already struggling during a pandemic and economic downturn to give more to fund essential services after voting Tuesday to place a countywide half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. The ballot measure, introduced by Supervisor Wilma Chan, was unanimously supported by the board. A second … Continue reading Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

Hayward councilmembers approved a $169 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes a $4.1 million cut to the Hayward Police Department. The move comes following several weeks of advocacy by Hayward residents for the City Council to incorporate a list of seven demands to defund the police department. The cut approved on Tuesday … Continue reading Hayward approves budget that includes police officer hiring freeze

San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

Facing a hard deadline to put forth a balanced city budget by the end of the month, the San Leandro City Council closed a $7 million budget shortfall that includes the potential for later shifting more than $1.7 million from its police department to bolster various community services. Monday's council meeting featured over three hours … Continue reading San Leandro approves budget, sets aside $1.7m that could be reallocated from SLPD

San Leandro candidate admonished by county for food service violations at campaign events

For more than a  year, San Leandro City Council candidate Bryan Azevedo has been doing good deeds around town. He’s received notoriety for organizing outings to pick up litter around the city, helped seniors during the pandemic, and delivered food supplies to the needy.  Within the last two months, Azevedo has taken it a step … Continue reading San Leandro candidate admonished by county for food service violations at campaign events

Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

Oral arguments in the California Supreme Court began last Tuesday in a case filed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County union that represents another battle in the war between public employee unions, their pensions, versus local municipalities. With a particularly harsh recession on the horizon, the case could be pivotal for cities and … Continue reading Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

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.

East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie joins Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson discuss his profanity-laced comments against delaying the minimum wage in Alameda, and the island city's potentially grim budget outlook. And what about the time a constituent invited Jim to discuss city matters in her hot tub? Also, coronavirus conspiracy (Putin did it), and VP, local … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 20 – You down with PPE? Yeah, you know me!

San Leandro has ‘cushion,’ but huge drop in sales tax revenue is expected

San Leandro officials said a decrease in sales tax revenues due to the covid-19 pandemic could exceed $10 million, rivaling the 26 percent drop it suffered during the Great Recession more than a decade ago. "It's so early and we don't have perfect information about what the budget impacts will be, but I think I … Continue reading San Leandro has ‘cushion,’ but huge drop in sales tax revenue is expected

Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

An image posted by Alameda Police Department on Twitter showing four female police officers apparently guarding the Park Street Bridge was strongly criticized on social media Wednesday for failing to understand the historical significance of the act. The image, posted on Tuesday, but later deleted, showed the female police officers, each wearing protective masks, and … Continue reading Alameda Police tweet conjuring city’s racial past falls flat

East Bay Insiders – Episode 19 – Covid-15 minimum wage delay

The shelter in place continues. Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson, however, sort of like the new routine presented by the covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they discuss the potential for delays in raising the minimum wage spreading across the East Bay. Happy Easter!