Alameda’s progressive majority will be challenged this November

A progressive majority on the Alameda City Council was solidified two years ago with the defeat of its moderate mayor and the addition of a fourth lefty councilmember. But in a city that once represented a conservative island in the liberal East Bay, the past is destined to clash with the present this fall. Two … Continue reading Alameda’s progressive majority will be challenged this November

Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

Alameda County officials are in the early stages of proposing a ballot measure for November to increase its sales tax by a half-cent in order to fund solutions for reducing the region's growing homelessness crisis. The issue of homelessness in Alameda County and across the Bay Area, is unequivocally viewed as the region's most vexing … Continue reading Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

A number of Alameda County measures near approval, but few uncounted ballots remain

Six ballot measures in Alameda County, primarily involving school parcel taxes and school bonds, are at or near the cusp of thresholds needed for passage. But with only provisional ballots remaining to be counted, as of Tuesday afternoon, time is running out. Two sit just over one-tenth of a percent over the two-thirds majority threshold. … Continue reading A number of Alameda County measures near approval, but few uncounted ballots remain

Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

An Alameda resident, who as a candidate for the state legislature, questioned whether his opponent, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, is a U.S. citizenship, and then unsuccessfully attempted six total recall petitions against two Alameda councilmembers in the past year, has launched a seventh. In the wake of an Alameda County grand jury report last month that, … Continue reading Alameda birther starts fourth petition to recall councilman

Alameda Special Election: Measure in support of homeless services wins

Alameda voters declared their support for homeless seniors and medical respite services Tuesday night with a decisive win in the city's special election. Measure A, the city-backed initiative affirming a City Council decision to zone a nearly four-acre federal property on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove for homeless services, garnered support from 52.67 percent of … Continue reading Alameda Special Election: Measure in support of homeless services wins

Alameda special election results

ELECTIONLINE ALAMEDA SPECIAL ELECTION (Updated Friday - 100% precincts reporting) >Measure A (Reaffirms council decision to zone wellness center on McKay Ave - 50%+1 to pass) YES 11,330 52.67% NO 10,183 47.33% >Measure B  (McKay Ave Parcel Open Space Designation Initiative - 50%+1 to pass) NO 11,908 55.91% YES 9,392 44.09% >>Turnout: 44.56%

STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

Alameda voters head to the polls April 9 for a two-ballot measure special election pitting NIMBYs versus advocates of a homeless wellness center on McKay Avenue near Crab Cove. Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White joins the program to discuss the controversial special election. We also chat about the Alameda City Council's actions April 2, … Continue reading STIA PODCAST: Ep 28 – Alameda special election preview; rental housing with Alameda Vice Mayor John Knox White

5 observations on Alameda’s NIMBY vs. Homeless special election

Alameda's special election on April 9 pits open space advocates vs. support for the homeless

ALAMEDA: Former mayor says you can’t be a NIMBY if you don’t have a backyard

Alameda County Democrats vote to oppose Alameda special election measure to block a homeless center for seniors.

Alameda County will not place Measure A redux on the ballot this November

The county's polling for another Measure A provided little certainty that it might be successful in November

AD15: Kalb extends lead over Beckles for second place

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb's slim lead over Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles for the second spot in the 15th Assembly District's fall election increased to 304 votes. The Alameda County and Contra Costa County Registrar's offices updated their Election Night results Thursday evening. Either Kalb or Beckles will face fellow Democrat Buffy Wicks, the winner of … Continue reading AD15: Kalb extends lead over Beckles for second place

Why is Alameda County Measure A giving the Dem Central Committee $30k during the final stretch of the campaign?

Some strange things are going on with the Alameda County Childcare Measure A half-cent sales tax initiative.