Hayward USD says Reynoso forfeited his seat, moves quickly to begin appointment process

The Hayward Unified School District is moving forward with its attempt to unseat School boardmember Luis Reynoso after he did not respond to a Dec. 30 deadline set by the district to choose whether he will serve on the Hayward school board, which he won re-election last November, or the Chabot-Las Positas Community College Board … Continue reading Hayward USD says Reynoso forfeited his seat, moves quickly to begin appointment process

Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Newsom, though, is leaning toward Alex Padilla Lee Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, and Sheng Thao want Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' U.S. Senate seat. The trio of councilmembers offered the recommendation in a letter sent on Monday. "We are incredibly honored to be represented by … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

San Leandro: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

The California Attorney General's office declined a request by San Leandro officials to launch an independent investigation in the fatal shooting by a San Leandro police officer last April of Steven Taylor, a 33-year-old black man, who was, at the time, experiencing a mental illness crisis. State Attorney General Xavier Beccerra's office notified the city … Continue reading San Leandro: AG will not investigate Steven Taylor police shooting

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

Dirty tricks enter Alameda County supervisors race

An unknown number of voters received a letter recently that strongly discourages them from voting for Alameda County District 1 Board of Supervisor candidate Bob Wieckowski. Furthermore, who sent the letter is also unknown, a potential violation of the state election code that requires political mailers included a "paid for" disclosure printed somewhere on the … Continue reading Dirty tricks enter Alameda County supervisors race

Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward mayors back movement for customer-owned PG&E

A group of 22 California mayors and five county supervisors representing more than 5 million residents want PG&E to become a public co-op. A letter from the growing number of civic leaders was sent Monday to the California Public Utilities Commission urging them to consider the idea of a customer-owned public utility. The argue the […]

San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter wants a pay increase equal to three times that of her council colleagues. Cutter, who is in her second term as mayor, wrote a letter to the city highlighting in great detail why the council should raise her annual salary from $30,240 to $45,360 at its meeting on Nov. … Continue reading San Leandro mayor is asking for a pay raise

Oakland: Kaplan calls for audit of Schaaf’s signature education initiative

Oakland Council President Rebecca Kaplan wants the city auditor to look into allegations that Mayor Libby Schaaf gave away office space at City Hall to Oakland Promise, her signature program for childhood education, free of charge. Oakland Promise is a non-profit formed with the East Bay College Fund, that pledges to offer every child living … Continue reading Oakland: Kaplan calls for audit of Schaaf’s signature education initiative

San Leandro Fencegate: Aguilar attacks Thomas’s character in social media post

A few hours after San Leandro Councilmember Victor Aguilar, Jr. was grilled last Thursday night by a planning and zoning commissioner who took umbrage with his attempt to secure a zoning variance for a fence he constructed without a permit, Aguilar took out his anger on former Councilmember Lee Thomas, the man he upset in … Continue reading San Leandro Fencegate: Aguilar attacks Thomas’s character in social media post

With concerns over service, Hayward seeks discussions with AC Transit

Hayward residents, for some time, have griped about the level service provided by AC Transit. Last month, Hayward city leaders attempted to open a dialogue between them and the bus transit authority. A letter sent by Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday on Nov. 13 asked for the creation of an Inter-Agency Liaison Committee to discuss transit … Continue reading With concerns over service, Hayward seeks discussions with AC Transit

Oakland activists try to undermine Abel GuillĂ©n’s chances for crucial Dem Party backing

Oakland's District 2 councilmember is taking it from all sides as he seeks re-election for the first time

Khanna: Dems should support Trump’s engagement with North Korea

"Let me be clear," Khanna tweeted last week, "Sen. Schumer does not speak for the Democratic Party concerning North Korea and Iran."

Khanna wants hearing on AT&T’s payments to Trump fixer Michael Cohen

  Rep. Ro Khanna sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday asking them to hold a hearing about payments made by AT&T to Essential Consulting, LLC, the entity formed by President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen. The organization is alleged to have been used by Cohen as a slush fund for … Continue reading Khanna wants hearing on AT&T’s payments to Trump fixer Michael Cohen