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

San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

San Leandro councilmembers voted in closed session on Monday night to request an independent investigation by the state attorney general's office into the fatal shooting of Steven Taylor, an African American resident, by police on April 18. The move comes amid the backdrop of the killing by Minneapolis Police of George Floyd, which has roiled … Continue reading San Leandro asks AG to investigate killing of Steven Taylor by police

Appellate court upholds ruling against Oakland’s coal ban

A federal appellate court upheld a previous ruling to invalidate Oakland’s prohibition on coal shipments on Tuesday. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a May 2018 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria that found the city of Oakland insufficiently argued that coal shipments posed a significant harm to the community. … Continue reading Appellate court upholds ruling against Oakland’s coal ban

Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Tesla founder Elon Musk has tussled with Alameda County officials in an effort to reopen its sprawling Fremont plant on several occasions since a shelter in place was ordered in March. A plan to resume work on Friday afternoon was again rebuffed by local public health officials, leading Musk to escalate the disagreement by filing … Continue reading Elon Musk’s bid to reopen Fremont Tesla plant is rebuffed; sues Alameda County

Eden Health District to offer interim CEO candidate $17,333 a month in salary

The Eden Health District Board of Directors will decide Wednesday afternoon whether to hire former Eden Hospital executive George Bischalaney as its interim chief executive officer. The board announced on Nov. 7 that it had terminated the contract of Michael Mahoney, its CEO of two years and a former executive at St. Rose Hospital in … Continue reading Eden Health District to offer interim CEO candidate $17,333 a month in salary

Oakland City Council seeks to quell rapidly rising worries over A’s future

The Oakland City Council is asking the city administration to iron out its differences with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who are proposing to sell their half of the  Coliseum complex to the Oakland Athletics. “In the interest of reducing strife and litigation, the Oakland City Council has unanimously asked our Administration to meet … Continue reading Oakland City Council seeks to quell rapidly rising worries over A’s future

Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

An Alameda County judge ruled last week against a compliant made by opponents of a wellness center for homeless seniors that Alameda officials failed to properly study the project's impact on the environment. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against the group calling itself the Friends of Crab Cove on Aug. 16. The … Continue reading Judge delivers another defeat for opponents of Alameda homeless senior facility

Hayward: After Title IX complaint over girls’ sports facilities at Tennyson High, shenanigans follow

Uniforms and equipment belonging to Hayward's Tennnyson High School softball team were removed from a locked storage locker on campus and thrown into a dumpster this week. Exactly who discarded the contents remains a mystery. Tennyson's softball coach Steve Griggs believes the act was deliberate and retaliation for a complaint filed earlier this year with … Continue reading Hayward: After Title IX complaint over girls’ sports facilities at Tennyson High, shenanigans follow

Oakland’s lawsuit against NFL gets a second Hail Mary attempt; Councilman wants to ‘apply’ for a team

The construction of a nearly $2 billion football stadium in Las Vegas for the Oakland Raiders hit a snag earlier this year when the trusses for its roof did not properly fit. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland last December to keep the team's iconic logo and colors in the East Bay … Continue reading Oakland’s lawsuit against NFL gets a second Hail Mary attempt; Councilman wants to ‘apply’ for a team

Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

A statewide push to move California cities away from at-large municipal elections to a district-based system has snared Union City. Starting in November 2020, Union City voters will begin electing councilmembers by districts under the plan unanimously approved by the Union City Council Wednesday night. In the meantime, the Union City Council and community will begin discussions … Continue reading Union City, threatened with lawsuit, decides to move toward district elections

Two East Bay educators lead lawsuit against teachers’ union dues

Lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court is based on last year's Janus v. AFSCME ruling.

Former Wieckowski aide settles complaint for $350,000

The State Senate settled a lawsuit filed last year by a former legislative aide for East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski for $350,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit alleged the unnamed employee was fired in September 2017 after reporting being raped by an assembly employee. The payout by the Legislature is one … Continue reading Former Wieckowski aide settles complaint for $350,000

Former San Leandro police chief accused of misconduct in Beverly Hills

Sandra Spagnoli, who was San Leandro's first-ever female police chief when she was hired in 2011, is facing serious questions at her new job leading the Beverly Hills Police Department. Beverly Hills officials earlier this month settled a large $2.3 million settlement that claimed, among other issues, that she denied promotions to a Jewish police … Continue reading Former San Leandro police chief accused of misconduct in Beverly Hills

Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Dublin residents who mounted recall efforts against two locally elected officials were illegally barred by the Alameda County Registar of Voters from reviewing fully a recall petition that narrowly failed to secure the required number of signatures to appear on the November election, according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 28 in Alameda County Superior Court. … Continue reading Dublin recall group sues Alameda County Registrar

Elaine Brown punches back; strongly endorses Desley Brooks’ opponent

It's an endorsement that has a bit more personal history attached to it than most. Civil rights icon Elaine Brown slammed Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks in a statement Monday announcing her endorsement of Natasha Middleton, one of four candidates challenging the incumbent Brooks in Oakland's District 6 next month. "It’s time for District 6 to … Continue reading Elaine Brown punches back; strongly endorses Desley Brooks’ opponent