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

Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

A decision by the Alameda County sheriff to rescind a countywide curfew one day earlier than scheduled set off a rush of cities to remove their own more stringent orders on Thursday. The call to lift the countywide curfew, which was set to expire at 5 a.m. on Friday morning was "due to restoration of … Continue reading Curfews rescinded everywhere in Alameda County, except Fremont

Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

On a day when several East Bay cities announced nighttime curfews following a weekend of unrest, Alameda County declared a countywide curfew set to begin at 8 p.m. on Monday night. As opposed to some local curfews initiated on Monday morning, which are set to run through June 8, the county order ends on June … Continue reading Alameda County declares countywide curfew, Berkeley mayor pushes back

Alameda may place minimum wage increase on hold for one year

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

East Bay Kaiser Permanente employees set a strike date

Kaiser Permanente workers, including 4,900 in Alameda County, haveset a strike date: Oct. 14. The group of unions representing optometrists, laboratory scientists, x-ray technicians, licensed vocational nurses, and housekeepers, among a number of other types of workers, are billing the strike as the largest in the U.S. since 185,000 Teamsters walked the picket line for 16 … Continue reading East Bay Kaiser Permanente employees set a strike date

Kaiser stymied strike vote in the East Bay after closing cafeteria meeting space

Kaiser Permanente management closed hospital cafeterias across the state Monday before a vote by some of its workers to authorize a strike this fall. The meeting spaces were closed at Kaiser hospitals in Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, Fremont, Livermore, and Pleasanton, a representative for Service Employee Union International said. SEIU represents more than 4,800 employees at … Continue reading Kaiser stymied strike vote in the East Bay after closing cafeteria meeting space

STIA Podcast: Ep 30 – Tribute to former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos

Former San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola reminisces about the political life of former San Leandro Mayor Tony Santos, who passed away on April 15. Santos served 18 years in San Leandro government and was known for his strong progressive credentials, admiration from labor, and his accomplishments in bringing forward a more diverse city.

War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

The election season is nearing thr end. It's put up or shut up time for campaigns. If you have mud to sling, sling it now, and races in cities all over the East Bay are getting ugly just in the past few days. I'll break down one such race, give you a brief projection for … Continue reading War! in San Leandro; Desley; Alameda is weird; Buffy Bunch; Interview with Union City Council candidate Jaime Patiño

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch

Every election cycle I notice the discrepancy between how individual campaigns perform in public and the amount of money they pay political consultants. In the East Bay, the going rate appears to be around $8,000 a month. That's a ripoff. On the Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast I break down the political consultant scam. Spoiler: … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch

Alameda may raise its minimum wage

If approved, Alameda's minimum wage would reach the threshold 18 months before the state mandate in 2022.

The November ballot is set in the East Bay

Who is running for mayor, city council and school board in your city, along with a number of interesting down ballot races this fall

EBC|AGENDA: July 20-26 – Lackluster interest for ALAMEDA pot permits; SAN LEANDRO moratorium; AHERN’s war on meth

ALAMEDA COUNTY - Regular council meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 a.m ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: July 31 (retreat). --SALES TAX MEASURE APPROVAL-- The county is coming back with another half-percent sales tax ballot measure to fund childcare and early education programs after Measure A came excruciatingly close to passage last June. The proposed measure … Continue reading EBC|AGENDA: July 20-26 – Lackluster interest for ALAMEDA pot permits; SAN LEANDRO moratorium; AHERN’s war on meth

Former San Leandro city manager already has a new job lined up

A curious turn of events in the San Leandro city manager scandal.