Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

The pandemic has sent all government meetings to the virtual realm, but once the pandemic is behind us public speakers may be allowed to continue participation in Alameda County Board of Supervisors meetings from home. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle made the query during a special meeting on Tuesday as the board was receiving public … Continue reading Post-covid, might virtual public participation at Alameda County supervisors meetings be permanent?

Alameda Health System CEO is out

Delvecchio Finely, the CEO of the Alameda Health System, resigned in a surprise special closed session on Tuesday night. Finley, who has lead the beleaguered health care system since August 2015, offered his resignation at Tuesday night's Alameda Health System Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees, most of which were summarily removed by … Continue reading Alameda Health System CEO is out

Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

The Oakland Athletics finalized the purchase of Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum property for $85 million on Monday. The deal is another step toward the franchise’s plans to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal, along with a future development at the Coliseum. The team is currently in negotiations with Oakland to buy the … Continue reading Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

Strike is imminent as unions, Alameda Health System, and county supes trade barbs

With 3,000 nurses and health care workers at Alameda Health System hospitals less than 24 hours from a five-day strike, Alameda County supervisors attempted on Tuesday to move both sides toward a last-minute agreement. But after several hours of testimony, nurses and other health care employees at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, San Leandro Hospital, and Alameda … Continue reading Strike is imminent as unions, Alameda Health System, and county supes trade barbs

San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

Up to 16 inmates from San Quentin State Prison have been hospitalized in Alameda County hospitals, Health Care Services Agency Director Coleen Chawla said on Tuesday. As of Monday, there were 8-9 of those who remain hospitalized following a major outbreak of covid-19 at the state prison in Marin. In addition, between 15-18 San Quentin … Continue reading San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

Gail Steele, one of the legends of Alameda County politics, died on Friday morning. Steele represented the Hayward and parts of Tri-Cities on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors from 1992-2010. She also served eight years on the Hayward City Council from 1974-1982. During her long political career, Steele was a consistent advocate for the … Continue reading Gail Steele, long-time Alameda County supervisor, advocate for children, dies

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: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

Allegations of poor sanitary conditions and, specifically, a lack of soap at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin have been made in recent weeks. Activists worry the conditions at the jail, which houses roughly 2,200 inmates, could exacerbate the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak within the jail. In response, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle said … Continue reading COVID-19: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

San Leandro mayor to lead regional transportation commission

San Leandro is about to take a higher profile in the East Bay's issues with traffic and transportation. The Alameda County Transportation Commission named San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter as it next chairperson on Thursday. Cutter served as vice chair of the regional transportation commission last year. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle previously served … Continue reading San Leandro mayor to lead regional transportation commission

Hernandez snags support from second county supervisor

Dublin Vice Mayor Melissa Hernandez's bid for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors received the endorsement of perhaps its most labor-friendly member last week as the campaign to replace retiring District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty heads into the final stretch toward the Mar. 3 primary. Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle announced his endorsement of Hernandez, … Continue reading Hernandez snags support from second county supervisor

Alameda County bans mutton-busting; Haggerty votes no, tells proponents to eat salad

Mutton-busting is no longer allowed at Castro Valley's Rowell Ranch after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors banned the rodeo event in which young children ride sheep like a bronco. Animal rights advocates have long argued the event and others at the annual rodeo instill fear in the animals and in many cases physical trauma. … Continue reading Alameda County bans mutton-busting; Haggerty votes no, tells proponents to eat salad

San Lorenzo: Supes approves 163-unit project, but not before angering Chan

"I feel very disrespected," Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan told her collegue on the board, Nate Miley, after he pushed for antoher postponement of a vote on a project in her district.

‘We have a problem on our hands’: Safety net hospital’s plight continues

The uncertain future of Hayward's St. Rose Hospital, a safety net hospital serving a large number of Southern Alameda County's Medi-Cal and uninsured residents, has vexed county and city officials for years. But the resolve for continually propping up the struggling hospital is beginning to show serious signs of fraying. During an Alameda County Board … Continue reading ‘We have a problem on our hands’: Safety net hospital’s plight continues

ALCO supervisors to reconsider its direction to ban some rodeo events

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will reconsider a direction its planning committee made to staff last January to create a draft ordinance banning "mutton busting," a rodeo act that includes young children riding sheep that is akin to bullriding. The planning committee voted, 4-1, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty voting no, on Jan. 15 after … Continue reading ALCO supervisors to reconsider its direction to ban some rodeo events

After hours of debate, future of Urban Shield, disaster training remains uncertain

Debate returns the Board of Supervisors on Mar. 12 after sheriff balks at some proposed changes to disaster preparedness training.