Update on Project Room Key

It will be extremely difficult to reach 1,200 hotel beds.-Willie Hopkins, Alameda County General Services Agency director, last Tuesday, telling the Board of Supervisors that the goal of housing the unsheltered in hotels during the pandemic is uncertain because some hotel owners believe the shelter in place will be lifted quicker than expected.

‘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

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

Oakland City Council confirms interim city administrator

Former Lafayette city manager Steven Falk was tabbed by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night as its interim city administrator. Falk ,who also served last year as interim city manager in Richmond, will guide the city while Mayor Libby Schaaf finds a permanent replacement for outgoing City Administrator Sabrina Landreth. Falk will earn compensation of … Continue reading Oakland City Council confirms interim city administrator

Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan had a seemingly innocuous question for Rich Lucia, the Alameda County undersheriff. Why were Alameda County sheriff's deputies deployed to evict the members of the Moms 4 Housing coalition last Tuesday morning, and not the Oakland Police Department? Lucia told the board that the sheriff's office had been in discussion … Continue reading Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

Come aboard. We’re expecting you.

It has to be all hands on deck.-Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan using a nautical pun to describe her idea for temporarily housing the homeless in cruise ships.

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center stage

>A moratorium on businesses that exploit the poor HAYWARD — Special council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb 5. -MORATORIUM WORK SESSION- Some Hayward officials worry about an over-saturation of massage parlors, tobacco and vaping retail establishments, check cashing businesses, fast food restaurants, and alcohol establishments in the city. … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center stage

Costly Alameda special election set for April

The Alameda City Council voted, 4-1, Wednesday to call a special election on April 9 after certification of a ballot measure petition circulated last year opposing the use of a waterfront property near Crab Cove for a $40 million federal and state-funded senior wellness center and services for the homeless. Alameda's special election will be … Continue reading Costly Alameda special election set for April

Funding for homeless evokes historical rift between Alameda County cities and Oakland

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf earlier this month made surprisingly candid comments disparaging a plan by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for divvying up $16.2 million in new, one-time-only, state funding to combat homelessness. Last week, a number of Alameda County mayors, in a show of solidarity, refuted Schaaf's critique, saying the rest of county … Continue reading Funding for homeless evokes historical rift between Alameda County cities and Oakland

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 8: Driving While Elected; Oakland mayoral candidates hella yell at Libby Schaaf

A Berkeley councilmember was pulled over for running a light and suggested for the police officer to let him off scot-free, telling her he had just voted for a big raise for her union. It's the kind of thing that bolsters the sentiment of people who despise government and public officials. In The Breakdown, I … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY-Episode 8: Driving While Elected; Oakland mayoral candidates hella yell at Libby Schaaf

Oakland mayoral candidates tear into Schaaf’s handling of homeless problem

Schaaf defends use of Tuff Sheds to house the homeless, says the temporary solution is working