Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

The Oakland Athletics finalized the purchase of Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum property for $85 million on Monday. The deal is another step toward the franchise’s plans to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal, along with a future development at the Coliseum. The team is currently in negotiations with Oakland to buy the … Continue reading Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

The San Leandro City Council approved one of the city’s most contentious housing projects in years on Monday night amid continuing concerns from neighbors over parking and traffic.  The project, referred to as the 1388 Bancroft Apartments, is a three-story, 42-unit, multi-family residential development initially proposed to include more than 70 units. The higher density … Continue reading San Leandro approves 42-unit housing project that angered NIMBYs

ALCO Dems give some incumbents the cold shoulder in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro

Alameda County Democrats typically have a high bar when it comes to advocating for the removal of one of their own from office. While a number of Democratic incumbents for races this November in Alameda County failed to receive the party's endorsement over the weekend, in only four occasions, did the party choose to back … Continue reading ALCO Dems give some incumbents the cold shoulder in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro

Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

Hayward renters could see their annual rent increases lowered from a current five percent cap to as low as two percent, according to a proposed revision to the city's Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The three-member Hayward Housing-Homelessness Task Force moved forward a staff proposals last week that could tie rent hikes to increases in the … Continue reading Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

San Leandro approves Monarch Bay agreement, but officials voice displeasure with developer

After yet another series of setbacks, San Leandro's long-anticipated development of its marina appears back on track. The San Leandro City Council approved a development agreement with Cal-Coast Companies, LLC on Monday night, but not without a number of councilmembers admonishing the developer for making a late revision to the proposed deal. San Leandro officials … Continue reading San Leandro approves Monarch Bay agreement, but officials voice displeasure with developer

Vinnie Bacon surges to the top, declares victory in tight supervisors race

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon's lead atop an uncommonly close Alameda County District 1 Board of Supervisors race was extended on Monday as the number of uncounted ballots quickly dwindle. Bacon, who began his campaign for supervisor more than a year ago, declared victory shortly after another batch of election returns from last Tuesday's primary were … Continue reading Vinnie Bacon surges to the top, declares victory in tight supervisors race

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

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

City Council Briefing: Cannabis tax rate increase, smoke-free ordinance, and in-lieu housing fees

East Bay City Council meeting highlights for the week of Oct. 28: >>> HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.) - Item 14 CANNABIS TAX HIKE - Hayward city staff is proposing to increase its cannabis tax on gross receipts from six percent to seven percent. Hayward's cannabis industry is still in its infancy, although the … Continue reading City Council Briefing: Cannabis tax rate increase, smoke-free ordinance, and in-lieu housing fees

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.

Hayward approves short-term moratorium on rent increases above 5%

A new rent stabilization ordinance in Hayward was formally approved Tuesday night. But the ordinance does not come into effect until July 25. In order to prevent potential rent gouging in the interim by Hayward landlords, the Hayward City Council unanimously placed a short-term emergency moratorium on rent increases above five percent for roughly 9,500 … Continue reading Hayward approves short-term moratorium on rent increases above 5%

‘It’s more than what we have’: New rent protections coming to Hayward

After decades of landlords slowly whittling away the number of units protected by a city rent ordinance to as low as 1,000 through vacancy decontrol, the Hayward City Council  voted late Tuesday night to repeal and replace the ordinance with a more stringent menu of renters protections. Vacancy decontrol measures allow a landlord to raise … Continue reading ‘It’s more than what we have’: New rent protections coming to Hayward

Hayward to study referral giving housing preferences to city residents

Some Hayward councilmembers showed growing pains with new council rules for offering and debating referrals.

HAYWARD: Wahab wants residents to have first dibs on city-backed housing, home ownership

With an eye toward limiting the displacement of Hayward residents, Councilmember Aisha Wahab wants Hayward residents to have the first crack at housing and home ownership opportunities that are backed by the city. Wahab plans to offer a referral on the matter at the next Hayward City Council meeting on April 30. "This is not … Continue reading HAYWARD: Wahab wants residents to have first dibs on city-backed housing, home ownership

Alameda adds last piece to revamped City Hall after naming new city attorney

Alameda City Council will formally approved its new city attorney on Mar. 19.