Alameda Health System CEO is out

Delvecchio Finely, the CEO of the Alameda Health System, resigned in a surprise special closed session on Tuesday night. Finley, who has lead the beleaguered health care system since August 2015, offered his resignation at Tuesday night's Alameda Health System Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees, most of which were summarily removed by … Continue reading Alameda Health System CEO is out

Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

The big money continues to flow into Oakland’s elections this fall. Ride-hailing tech companies are spending $100,000 to defeat Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and East Bay labor unions have poured $343,000 into the race to unseat Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, as of the Sept. 19 campaign finance filing period.  Now, real estate interests are hoping to take … Continue reading Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

Strike is imminent as unions, Alameda Health System, and county supes trade barbs

With 3,000 nurses and health care workers at Alameda Health System hospitals less than 24 hours from a five-day strike, Alameda County supervisors attempted on Tuesday to move both sides toward a last-minute agreement. But after several hours of testimony, nurses and other health care employees at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda … Continue reading Strike is imminent as unions, Alameda Health System, and county supes trade barbs

Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Labor unions desperately want to defeat Oakland District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney this November and they have the receipts to show their discontent. An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed the powerful Service Employees International (SEIU) Local 1021, Alameda Labor Council, and other unions, has pumped $343,000 into the District 3 race, through Sept. 19, … Continue reading Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

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

Oakland progressives are pushing Alameda County Dems to oppose selling Coliseum to the A’s

A group of Oakland progressives led by former Oakland mayoral candidate Pamela Price wants the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to oppose the city's proposed sale of its half of the Coliseum complex to the Oakland Athletics. Push back by the Alameda County Democratic Party toward the proposed deal would be a significant development in … Continue reading Oakland progressives are pushing Alameda County Dems to oppose selling Coliseum to the A’s

Hayward: Wahab tried to lower council pay by 5%, colleagues were cool to the idea

As Hayward councilmembers thanked its executive team and firefighters on Tuesday night for foregoing two percent cost-of-living increases to help lower the city's ballooning covid-related deficit, in addition, to their own two percent cut in council pay, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab, instead, pushed for further generosity from her colleagues. "I, personally, am willing to forego … Continue reading Hayward: Wahab tried to lower council pay by 5%, colleagues were cool to the idea

Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

Oral arguments in the California Supreme Court began last Tuesday in a case filed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County union that represents another battle in the war between public employee unions, their pensions, versus local municipalities. With a particularly harsh recession on the horizon, the case could be pivotal for cities and … Continue reading Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

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

After talking to, Hayward council members rescind support for charter school candidate

After receiving push back from some local labor unions, Hayward Councilmembers Elisa Marquez and Francisco Zermeno pulled their endorsement of Janevette Cole, a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Education whose campaign is supported by charter schools. Marquez told the East Bay Citizen that she rescinded the endorsement for "political reasons." Following a news … Continue reading After talking to, Hayward council members rescind support for charter school candidate

Márquez, Zermeño back charter school candidate for county Board of Education

UPDATE - After talking to, Hayward councilmembers rescind support for charter school canddiate. A surprising number of elected officials on the Hayward City Council and Hayward school board are backing a candidate for the open Alameda County Board of Education seat who is likely to be heavily financed by proponents of charter schools. Two charter … Continue reading Márquez, Zermeño back charter school candidate for county Board of Education

Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Fresh off a successful denial of an important Democratic Party endorsement for incumbent Seventh District state Sen. Steve Glazer, challenger Marisol Rubio received the endorsements Wednesday from the California Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Association. Both unions are typically heavy participants in legislative races, especially those that could be highlighted by the issue … Continue reading Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Wieckowski receives major labor endorsement

Alameda County's largest and most politically active union is backing state Sen. Bob Wieckowski for next year's open Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat in District 1. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 announced its support for Wieckowski's bid to replace Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who is not seeking re-election to his … Continue reading Wieckowski receives major labor endorsement

Kaiser, unions, reach tentative labor agreement

Kaiser Permanente and labor unions representing 80,000 health care workers in seven states, including 4,900 in the East Bay, agreed Wednesday morning to a tentative contract agreement. For Kaiser employees represented by the coalition of unions in California, the new contract includes a three percent increase in wages over each of the next four years, … Continue reading Kaiser, unions, reach tentative labor agreement

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.