2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle donning the now ubiquitous medical masks during a meeting in October. Tom Hanks was infected with covid-19 and the NBA abruptly put its season on hold in March. Away we were with the most trying year in many generations. The covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways. It made … Continue reading 2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

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

Alameda County: Pending state approval, outdoor dining, Oakland Zoo could reopen this week

Alameda County supervisors gave their support to an application asking the state for a variance that will allow outdoor dining to resume, perhaps within this week. If approved by the state, the variance will also allow the struggling Oakland Zoo to reopen for outdoor activities only, said Nicholas Moss, Alameda County interim public health officer. … Continue reading Alameda County: Pending state approval, outdoor dining, Oakland Zoo could reopen this week

Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

A decision by the Alameda County sheriff to rescind a countywide curfew one day earlier than scheduled set off a rush of cities to remove their own more stringent orders on Thursday. The call to lift the countywide curfew, which was set to expire at 5 a.m. on Friday morning was "due to restoration of … Continue reading Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

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

Countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions now includes all evictions

A countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors last month now covers all types of evictions. The amended ordinance, unanimously approved on Tuesday afternoon, will remain for the next 90 days. Alameda County renters unable to pay rent during this time will have 12 months to repay landlords. Renters, … Continue reading Countywide moratorium on covid-19 evictions now includes all evictions

Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Alameda County now tops 1,000, according to the Alameda County Public Health Office. Alameda County has 1,007 confirmed cases of covid-19, along with 39 deaths, according to the county's covid-19 statistics released on Thursday morning. (See below: Covid-19 cases by Alameda County city.) Oakland, with 242 confirmed … Continue reading Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

Marshall Mitzman, Chabot-Las Positas college trustee, dies from covid-19

Long-time Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustee Dr. Marshall Mitzman died Tuesday afternoon. The cause of death was covid-19. He was 73. Mitzman was elected in 2008 to represent Hayward's Area 1 on the Chabot-Las Positas Board of Trustees. "A steady leader, a thoughtful policy maker, and he always puts students front and center of … Continue reading Marshall Mitzman, Chabot-Las Positas college trustee, dies from covid-19

10th resident to die from covid-19 at Hayward nursing home is Union City councilman’s grandmother

The grandmother of Union City Councilmember Jaime Patiño died from covid-19 on Monday night, he announced. "Grandma Emma Patiño's journey on this Earth ended and she went to Heaven to be with the Lord. No more suffering. No more worries. No more pain," Patiño wrote on Facebook. "My grandma was a beautiful, hard working woman … Continue reading 10th resident to die from covid-19 at Hayward nursing home is Union City councilman’s grandmother

Union City councilman’s grandmother has covid-19

Union City Councilmember Jaime Patiño's 85-year-old grandmother is infected with covid-19, he told constituents in a Facebook Live video on Saturday morning. Patiño's grandmother is a resident at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, which is the site of what is believed to be Alameda County's largest outbreak of covid-19. Seven residents at … Continue reading Union City councilman’s grandmother has covid-19

Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

Alameda city staff is proposing a delay in raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour for one year due to the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic on local businesses. The move would follow Hayward, which voted last Tuesday to put its minimum wage increase on pause for six months. In October 2018, the … Continue reading Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

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!

Eden Health District to purchase 100,000 medical masks; help fund 3 testing sites

The Eden Health District Board of Directors authorized the purchase of 100,000 new medical masks on Wednesday, in addition, to helping fund three proposed covid-19 mobile testing sites in Alameda County. "We're going to end up being the lightning rod for getting this thing going," said Gordon Galvan, chair of the Eden Health District Board … Continue reading Eden Health District to purchase 100,000 medical masks; help fund 3 testing sites

Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

Each of the five total candidates in a pair of Alameda County Board of Educations races on the March primary ballot have small to non-existent campaigns of their own. But voters in Alameda's Area 2 and in Hayward's Area 5 know these races are being fought in their mailboxes by way of tens of thousands … Continue reading Charter school PAC backed by Walmart heirs is dominating two Alameda County Board of Ed races

Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward mayors back movement for customer-owned PG&E

A group of 22 California mayors and five county supervisors representing more than 5 million residents want PG&E to become a public co-op. A letter from the growing number of civic leaders was sent Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to consider the idea of a customer-owned public utility. The argue the […]