Hayward: Salinas, Marquez melt down following attacks on their records

Earlier this month, Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez and Mark Salinas – two of three incumbents seeking re-election this November – flashed moments of anger and disdain toward their more progressive opponents when challenged about their respective records. In one exchange, Marquez belittled her opponent's portrayal of her record on the council as inattentive to the … Continue reading Hayward: Salinas, Marquez melt down following attacks on their records

Candidates for Alameda County supervisor are pulling no punches

Dublin Mayor David Haubert opened the first public debate last month with Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon in the race for the open District 1 seat on the powerful Alameda County Board of Supervisors by striking a friendly tone. Haubert is well-known in the district’s Tri-Valley half, but less so in Fremont. “I love Fremont,” Haubert … Continue reading Candidates for Alameda County supervisor are pulling no punches

Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

During a floor debate on Senate Bill 50, East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner said she would support a housing moratorium in areas across the state at risk of wildfires. Her comments on Wedneday were in response to Democratic state Sen. Henry Stern of Calabasas, who lost his home in the 2018 Woolsey fire last … Continue reading Skinner would support a pause on new housing in fire-prone areas

Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener unveiled the latest version of SB50, the legislation that would allow upzoning for housing developments near transit centers, at a press conference on the steps of Oakland City Hall on Tuesday morning. But protesters concerned whether the bill will include much-needed affordable housing drowned out the entire press conference … Continue reading Moms 4 Housing activists in Oakland protest SB50 presser

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.

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.

Alameda places 2.8 percent cap on annual rent increases

Alameda renters scored a major legislative victory late Tuesday night when the Alameda City Council approved an ordinance that places a cap on annual rent increase. The change amounts to a reduction in annual increases from up to five percent under a previous ordinance to 2.8 percent for many Alameda renters, starting on Sept. 1. … Continue reading Alameda places 2.8 percent cap on annual rent increases

Did the Castro Valley MAC undermine a 199-unit affordable housing project before it was even proposed?

A proposed 199-unit affordable housing and retail project that may be the largest in Castro Valley's history is meeting resistance from the unincorporated area's de-facto municipal government even though an official application has yet to be filed with the Alameda County Planning Department. The Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (CVMAC) took the unprecedented step of … Continue reading Did the Castro Valley MAC undermine a 199-unit affordable housing project before it was even proposed?