Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Hayward voters will be asked this November to increase its current hotel tax up to 14 percent. A charter amendment to allow non-citizens to serve on city boards and commissions will also appear on the fall ballot, the Hayward City Council decided last week. Hayward's 8.5 percent Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel … Continue reading Hayward to ask voters to increase hotel tax, allow non-citizens to serve on boards

Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will ask residents already struggling during a pandemic and economic downturn to give more to fund essential services after voting Tuesday to place a countywide half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. The ballot measure, introduced by Supervisor Wilma Chan, was unanimously supported by the board. A second … Continue reading Supervisors approve half-cent sales tax measure for the November ballot

Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

Oral arguments in the California Supreme Court began last Tuesday in a case filed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County union that represents another battle in the war between public employee unions, their pensions, versus local municipalities. With a particularly harsh recession on the horizon, the case could be pivotal for cities and … Continue reading Alameda County sheriffs deputies union at the center of a consequential case for organized labor

San Leandro: Rosy fiscal outlook includes small budget surplus next year

A new financial consultant, a good economy in San Leandro, and a little bit of old-fashioned belt-tightening is bringing a small surplus to the city for the upcoming fiscal year, according to an early budget presentation to the City Council Monday night. San Leandro Finance Director David Baum projects the city will have a $48,000 … Continue reading San Leandro: Rosy fiscal outlook includes small budget surplus next year

Alameda County proposes $3.1 billion budget

Alameda County Board of Supervisors' proposed budget would close a $66 million deficit.