Wednesday’s Newsletter: Nadia’s book; Alameda County supports Newsom

Nadia Davis, the now ex-wife of former state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, has written a memoir detailing some of the personal struggles that led to her precipitous fall as an Alameda County supervisor nearly a decade ago. Pre-orders for the book, titled Home Is Within You, are set to begin later this month, according to … Continue reading Wednesday’s Newsletter: Nadia’s book; Alameda County supports Newsom

The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Alameda County, along with four other counties in the Bay Area, will begin Gov. Gavin Newsom's new stay-at-home orders earlier than anticipated. Newsom's new order, announced on Thursday, was predicated on regions like the Bay Area falling below 15 percent available capacity of Intensive Care Units. The region was at 28 percent, as of yesterday. … Continue reading Bay Area will begin new stay-at-home orders on its own, begins Dec. 7 in Alameda County

Alameda County tops 30,000 total covid-19 cases as rate of infection rises

Alameda County surpassed 30,000 total reported covid-19 on Thursday as the number of new cases continues to spike. The Alameda County Public Health Department reported 30,330 covid-19 cases since the pandemic began last March. The number of deaths is now 520. After the county hit a high point in new daily cases on Aug. 13, … Continue reading Alameda County tops 30,000 total covid-19 cases as rate of infection rises

Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Newsom, though, is leaning toward Alex Padilla Lee Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, and Sheng Thao want Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' U.S. Senate seat. The trio of councilmembers offered the recommendation in a letter sent on Monday. "We are incredibly honored to be represented by … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Alameda County health official asks state for clarity on reopening Oakland Zoo

A plea last week by Oakland Zoo officials to allow it to reopen soon or risk imminent closure due to the loss of revenue caused by the coronavirus has ignited great interest from the public and stoked financial efforts to keep the beloved facility in operation. Alameda County health officials did not voice opposition to … Continue reading Alameda County health official asks state for clarity on reopening Oakland Zoo

Oakland bishop will reopen churches ‘when it’s safe to do so,’ considers holding Mass outdoors

Oakland Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael Barber said on Wednesday that churches in the East Bay will reopen whenever it is safe and measures for maintaining social distancing during Mass are being created. Barber also suggested the possibility of holding Mass in outdoor settings. “We are envisioning a phased approach: limiting attendance, observing social distancing in … Continue reading Oakland bishop will reopen churches ‘when it’s safe to do so,’ considers holding Mass outdoors

‘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

ALCO advances payments to non-profits; Union says hotel owner is profiteering; Oakland passes moratorium

Coronavirus news briefs from Alameda County and Oakland.

Alameda County eyes extending COVID-19 eviction moratorium to entire county

Alameda County supervisors approved on Tuesday a moratorium on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium gives relief only for renters in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County, but could possibly later extend to all cities in the county that have not already passed their own moratoriums. Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan raised the … Continue reading Alameda County eyes extending COVID-19 eviction moratorium to entire county

To house the homeless during crisis, Alameda County will lease 2 hotels

With staggering numbers of homeless individuals in Oakland and across Alameda County, and a shelter in place order issued last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Alameda County supervisors on Tuesday morning are likely to approve proposals to lease two Oakland hotels at a cost of more than $3.2 … Continue reading To house the homeless during crisis, Alameda County will lease 2 hotels

Alameda moves to protect renters during COVID-19 crisis, enacts 60-day moratorium on evictions

Alameda officials approved a 60-day emergency moratorium on evictions, along with a prohibition on landlords shutting off utilities as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The moratorium is tied to a state declaration of emergency, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last week. The city council could return in 60 days to renew the moratorium if … Continue reading Alameda moves to protect renters during COVID-19 crisis, enacts 60-day moratorium on evictions

East Bay officials urge state to ban oil and gas production

Elected officials from Alameda, Oakland, and Albany, citing the growing climate change crisis, urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to ban oil and gas production in the state during a press conference Wednesday at the steps of Alameda City Hall."I want you to panic and do something. A very big something," Albany Mayor Nick Pilch said, while … Continue reading East Bay officials urge state to ban oil and gas production

San Leandro scuttles campaign finance reforms

Cities without campaign contribution limits, however, will be preempted by a new state law coming into effect in 2021.

Alameda County fire chief is retiring

Alameda County Fire Chief David Rocha will retire at the end of this year, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors announced last week. But not entirely. Rocha, however, will stay with department and serve as interim fire chief, Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler said. Rocha's retirement was discussed in closed session during a special Alameda … Continue reading Alameda County fire chief is retiring