Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

Eastin Two years ago, California Democrats flipped seven Republican seats in Congress. This month, Republicans are on the cusp of flipping back four of them, and leading former East Bay legislator Delaine Eastin to enter the upcoming campaign to lead the California Democratic Party. Eastin threw her hat in the ring on various social media … Continue reading Amid GOP gains, Delaine Eastin wants to lead California Democrats

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

San Lorenzo: Supes approves 163-unit project, but not before angering Chan

"I feel very disrespected," Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan told her collegue on the board, Nate Miley, after he pushed for antoher postponement of a vote on a project in her district.

Wieckowski is lone no

We should not be creating a false dichotomy that is a by-product of this deal—pitting clean air against clean water. We know all Californians can, and must, have both.-State Sen. Bob Wieckowski prior to being the lone vote in the Legislature against funding clean water projects for poor communities with money set aside for greenhouse … Continue reading Wieckowski is lone no

Alameda rejects controversial waterfront server farm

A proposed data center on the Alameda waterfront boasting of benefits to the environment through the use of bay water to cool its banks of computer servers, was flatly rejected by the Alameda City Council Tuesday night. In recent months, opposition from city officials and the public toward the proposal by Nautilus Data Technologies had … Continue reading Alameda rejects controversial waterfront server farm

San Leandro: Council committee paralyzed over Wells Fargo contract

San Leandro city leaders are caught firmly between the desire of some councilmembers and progressive activists to completely divest from Wells Fargo, and a lack of viable options to replace the troubled institution as the city's banking services provider.. Nearly two years ago, San Leandro city officials directed staff to sell its $700,000 investment portfolio … Continue reading San Leandro: Council committee paralyzed over Wells Fargo contract

Mueller Time

Release the report. Release the report. Release the report. Release the report. Release the report.—Rep. Eric Swalwell on Twitter Friday afternoon following news that special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up the report on Russian collusion. Swalwell's tweet included the sentence eight more times.

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update

>Alameda's cannabis ordinance crisis ALAMEDA — Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Mar. 5. -POSSIBLE LITIGATION- Alameda's Sunshine Ordinance was violated last October, according to the city's Open Government Committee, after the City Council approved cannabis ordinances that were not properly agendized. In December, the committee declared the council … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Feb. 15-21—Cannabis: charter dispute in Alameda; course correction in San Leandro; Hayward rent control update

Khanna on Green New Deal

These are policies every American should support, every person should support who cares about the fate of our planet.—Rep. Ro Khanna Friday on Washington Journal offering support for a "Green New Deal" in Congress.

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 26–Requiem for a bad mayor; Farewell to Lee Thomas

One clever Twitter user called Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer's re-election defeat last month an "end to an error." After covering Spencer for the last four years, I'll break down the worst mayor that I've covering over the last decade in East Bay politics. Later in the podcast, I look at the brighter side of local … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 26–Requiem for a bad mayor; Farewell to Lee Thomas

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 16–Charlie’s Angels in Oakland?; Interview with Alameda City Council candidate John Knox White

When Oakland District 4 City Council candidate Charlie Michelson abruptly suspended his campaign last weekend with just over three weeks to go until Election Day, the move raised eyebrows. I'll break down the possible reasons for surprising announcement. Whatever the reason it's probably not what he says it is. Later, I talk coffee and politics … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY: Ep 16–Charlie’s Angels in Oakland?; Interview with Alameda City Council candidate John Knox White

AD16: Baker, Bauer-Kahan engage in lively debate on guns, teachers, and environment

In a rematch of the June primary, which Baker won, AD16 candidates were not shy to attack each other Sunday night i Pleasanton

Alameda County denies permit for Livermore oil wells; supervisor foresees lawsuit

  The Alameda County Board of Supervisors sided with appellants Tuesday by denying an extension of a conditional-use permit for the only oil-producing wells in the county. The pair of oil wells located in rural unincorporated Livermore, and operated by E&B Natural Resources, annually produced roughly 10,000 barrels of oil, but an extension of its … Continue reading Alameda County denies permit for Livermore oil wells; supervisor foresees lawsuit

EBC|AGENDA: July 9-13 — Tab for Desley Brooks suit drops to $2.2m

Alameda County Sheriff's Office is still not operating the Ashland REACH Youth Center, but the Board of Supervisors is allocating funds for youth Zumba classes!