2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle donning the now ubiquitous medical masks during a meeting in October. Tom Hanks was infected with covid-19 and the NBA abruptly put its season on hold in March. Away we were with the most trying year in many generations. The covid-19 pandemic changed our lives in many ways. It made … Continue reading 2020 Review: Covid-19 highlighted inequities in the East Bay, but short-term solutions were successful

Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting the installation of natural gas in new structures. City leaders said the ordinance is fundamental for Oakland to achieve its climate action goals, among them reducing greenhouses by 36 percent below 2005 levels. If Oakland … Continue reading Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Bas on budget

5 Councilmembers who passed Oakland budget tonight just killed democracy.-Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas tweeting on Tuesday night after the Oakland City Council approved its budget without properly noticing changes made earlier in the day. Bas had sought up to $25 million in cuts to the Oakland Police Department.

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

ALCO advances payments to non-profits; Union says hotel owner is profiteering; Oakland passes moratorium

Coronavirus news briefs from Alameda County and Oakland.

COVID-19: Bas proposes eviction moratorium; Oakland council cancels all meetings until April 7

With concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the Oakland City Council began taking steps toward protecting tenants possibly impacted by the pandemic, in addition, to urging the Alameda County Superior Court to place a pause on eviction and defaults. City officials also formally ratified, during a special meeting on Thursday morning, a local health … Continue reading COVID-19: Bas proposes eviction moratorium; Oakland council cancels all meetings until April 7

Nikki Bas(akwards)

Ready to work at 9am and someone’s in my parking spot.—New Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas ran into a buzzsaw on Oakland Twitter last week after striking a privileged tone in a Jan. 8 tweet after someone snagged her City Hall parking spot. She added, "TIP: if you want your rep to work on your … Continue reading Nikki Bas(akwards)

With close races, Oakland’s election night will likely bleed into morning

Look for extremely close toss-up races in Oakland's Districts 2, 4, and a nail biter in District 6 next Tuesday.

AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

About six weeks ago, Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's re-election chances appeared shockingly grim after a concerted effort by some labor groups to block his bid for the critical Alameda County Democratic Party endorsement. But in recent days, Guillen's supporters cobbled together a coalition that was able to edge out his upstart challenger Nikki Fortunato Bas … Continue reading AC Dems: Guillen caps surprising comeback; Schaaf wins endorsement

Guillén defenders come to his aid in effort to stave off challenger’s bid for Dem endorsement

The powerful SEIU Local 1021 union and an influential Oakland advocacy group last month sent scathing letters to members of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee in an effort to block the endorsement of Oakland District 2 Councilmember Abel Guillén. Just days before the central committee is set to make a decision this Saturday for … Continue reading Guillén defenders come to his aid in effort to stave off challenger’s bid for Dem endorsement

Kissing the ring: These are the East Bay candidates on track for winning the Democratic Party’s seal of approval

The full list of pending Alameda County Democratic Party endorsements here.

Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

The East Bay's largest progressive group is backing a number of candidates running insurgent campaign against Oakland incumbents for the mayor's race and two council matchups. The Wellstone Renewal Club is apparently not immune from the current zeitgeist surrounding far left candidates in the state and some parts of the country. The group also endorsed … Continue reading Wellstone Dems are in an anti-incumbent mood

Oakland activists try to undermine Abel Guillén’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

ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

15TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT While Buffy Wicks' assembly campaign, as far as we know, has not yet poll-tested whether its staff should order Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese for dinner, there are indications the poll-obsessed, and well-funded campaign is again compiling data in advance of their fall campaign against Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles. Wicks' camp has sent … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Polling in AD15; union’s love affair with Abel Guillen is over; Alameda candidate’s past conviction; healthcare district coup

OAKLAND: Libby Schaaf, Loren Taylor, Chris Young report $100k in fundraising this year

Oakland District 4 candidates who recently suspended his campaign, reported an impressive $113,000 in contributions