Alameda County's baseline budget shortfall of $72 million is likely somewhere closer to $140 million, and possibly larger, county officials said on Tuesday. Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi warned the Board of Supervisors will need to deal with the abrupt economic downturn faster than previously expected. Earlier this month, at a budget workshop session, Muranishi … Continue reading ‘We’re going to have to pivot much sooner’: Alameda County’s budget deficit is likely higher
We could make this a third rail of local politics or have an intelligent discussion looking at the issue from all sides.-Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft on the council's discussion on Tuesday for possibly delaying the city's minimum wage increase.
Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie is upset about a proposal to delay an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for up to one year because of the impacts of covid-19. The city council will discuss the proposal at the April 21 meeting. Two weeks ago, Hayward officials voted to delay their own … Continue reading Alameda: Oddie says plan to delay minimum wage is a ‘colossal f–k you’ to low-wage workers
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
The shelter in place continues. Steve Tavares and Shawn Wilson, however, sort of like the new routine presented by the covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they discuss the potential for delays in raising the minimum wage spreading across the East Bay. Happy Easter!
Workers earning a minimum wage in Hayward will not receive a previously promised $2 an hour raise for, at least, another six months, the Hayward City Council decided on Tuesday. A majority of the council, some voicing regret for delaying the scheduled increase from July 1 to Jan. 1, 2021, made the decision in order … Continue reading Hayward officials ‘regrettably’ delay minimum wage increase for six months
Since the coronavirus outbreak took full force last week, Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas said he's received numerous phone calls from small business owners in Hayward who are extremely worried about the dramatic loss in revenue due to the coronavirus, and specter of permanent closure of their local businesses. As a result, he said, many have … Continue reading Amid COVID-19 crisis, Hayward may delay recently passed minimum wage increases
For someone who started out my career making 50 cents an hour babysitting, $15 would have sounded incredible to me.—Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday reminiscing during a discussion Oct. 15 for increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
Hayward is nearing an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, one year earlier than the state-mandated increase set for January 2023. The direction made by the Hayward City Council Tuesday night during a work session comes at a time when its neighboring cities have already accelerated their own local … Continue reading Hayward moves toward $15 an hr minimum wage by 2022
Just prior to the State Legislature approving a landmark bill last week that reclassifies gig-workers and freelancers as employees, it was amended to include language that could bolster the authority of Alameda's new city prosecutor to go after violators of the law expected to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Assembly Bill 5 sailed through … Continue reading Alameda’s city prosecutor could go after businesses that don’t comply with AB5
Since taking office, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab has suggested legislation for raising the city's minimum wage, rent control, police de-escalation training, a recyclable dining and utensil ordinance, and equal pay for equal work. Many came within the first two months of her first term. All are weighty issues, but oddly low-hanging fruit in a city … Continue reading Power grab at Hayward City Hall? City manager seeks to control council referrals
The Fremont City Council acquiesced to concerns from small business owners and unanimously approved a two-tier schedule Tuesday night for accelerating an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour for all businesses by 2021, with exemptions for non-profits. Fremont businesses with 25 or fewer employees will begin paying their workers $13.50 an … Continue reading Fremont minimum wage raises to $15 for all businesses by 2021
When Fremont councilmembers resume a discussion next week for raising the city's minimum wage to $15, they will be presented with a new wrinkle intended to protect small business owners. Under a two-tiered schedule, which the council directed staff to study at its Dec. 4 meeting, Fremont business owners with less than 25 employees would … Continue reading Fremont looks at two-tiered approach for rising minimum wage to $15
For politically-minded interns, a gig in Rep. Ro Khanna's congressional office just got better. Khanna said he will pay his incoming class of interns a $15 an hour wage. "The House has a new fund for internships. This is a welcome change & long overdue. Like many other offices, we will be paying our interns … Continue reading Khanna will pay interns $15 an hour