Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

A secret software program created by Ticketmaster to help buyers purchase large quantities of tickets to sporting events and concerts and then later re-sell them on the secondary market with huge mark-ups in price has caused an uproar in the ticket-selling industry ever since the practice was highlighted in an investigative report last year. A … Continue reading Quirk bill banning Ticketmaster’s secret scalping software is signed into law

Wieckowski is lone no

We should not be creating a false dichotomy that is a by-product of this deal—pitting clean air against clean water. We know all Californians can, and must, have both.-State Sen. Bob Wieckowski prior to being the lone vote in the Legislature against funding clean water projects for poor communities with money set aside for greenhouse … Continue reading Wieckowski is lone no

State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Legislation that would help the City of Oakland finance infrastructure and transportation projects for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal was approved Monday by the State Senate. At the time of the vote, Senate Bill 293, which was authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, was approved 34-0. The bill would allow Oakland to … Continue reading State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

When Assemblymember Rob Bonta spoke in support of a proposal last Tuesday for Oakland officials to begin collecting a controversial parcel tax to fund early education, Council President Rebecca Kaplan put him on the spot about another pressing financial issue for Oakland students. After concluding his remarks at the April 16 Oakland council meeting, Kaplan … Continue reading Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

Alameda City Council first to offer support for ‘No Tampon Tax’ bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2016, citing budgetary concerns.

San Leandro moves to reduce density on proposed 45-unit green building near transit

At the same time acknowledging the need to diversify its mix of new housing, the San Leandro City Council, nonetheless, told the developer of a 45-unit green, multi-family apartment building on Bancroft Avenue that the project would not be approved unless he lowered its density from 45 units to 39 units or less, citing strong … Continue reading San Leandro moves to reduce density on proposed 45-unit green building near transit

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

Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

A Trump administration proposed rule change that would greatly affect immigrants in California and elsewhere is being met by opposition from East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and other Alameda County officials. On the first day of the new legislative calendar Tuesday Bonta offered a concurrent resolution condemning the Trump administration's proposal to change the definition … Continue reading Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

Skinner bill shining light on bad cops passes State Senate

Nancy Skinner's police transparency bill passed the State Senate Wednesday by a 25-11 vote.