Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

A 29-unit tiny homes project on the grounds of Fairmont Hospital in unincorporated Alameda County remains on schedule to qualify for $3.9 million in federal CARES Act funding, county officials said on Tuesday. When asked by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson if the county will miss a Dec. 20 deadline set by the federal government, … Continue reading Progress on ‘expensive’ Alameda County tiny homes project is on target

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

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

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: Pending state approval, outdoor dining, Oakland Zoo could reopen this week

Alameda County supervisors gave their support to an application asking the state for a variance that will allow outdoor dining to resume, perhaps within this week. If approved by the state, the variance will also allow the struggling Oakland Zoo to reopen for outdoor activities only, said Nicholas Moss, Alameda County interim public health officer. … Continue reading Alameda County: Pending state approval, outdoor dining, Oakland Zoo could reopen this week

Alameda County supervisors backdate and extend countywide eviction moratorium

A countywide moratorium on evictions triggered by the pandemic and enacted in late April was backdated to Mar. 24, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors decided on Tuesday. During the same meeting, county supervisors also extended the same moratorium, set to expire on July 20, to Aug. 13. The decision to backdate the start of … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors backdate and extend countywide eviction moratorium

Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

The Oakland Zoo is bleeding money and at risk of closure if it does not reopen soon, its executive vice president said. The Oakland Zoo, which has been closed since the covid-19 shelter in place was ordered in mid-March, is losing $2.5 million in revenue each month due to the closure, Nik Dehejia, the Oakland … Continue reading Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

Alameda County officials are in the early stages of proposing a ballot measure for November to increase its sales tax by a half-cent in order to fund solutions for reducing the region's growing homelessness crisis. The issue of homelessness in Alameda County and across the Bay Area, is unequivocally viewed as the region's most vexing … Continue reading Alameda County is pursuing a half-cent sales tax measure for November to fight homelessness

Alameda County sporting events not likely to happen until later this year

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said sports fans in the county and Bay Area should not expect to be attending sporting events anytime soon. "I don't think we're going to be going to football games or Warriors games in the near future," Chan said on Monday, during a telephone town hall with Assemblymember Rob Bonta … Continue reading Alameda County sporting events not likely to happen until later this year

Chan confronts AHS CEO

No. No. No. To my knowledge, we haven't said such a thing.-Alameda Health System CEO Delvecchio Finley last week after Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan asked if the hospital provider is blaming the Board of Supervisors for not adequately funding its facilities.

Alameda County supes will investigate Alameda Health System; propose new governance model

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will investigate allegations made by hospital workers that Alameda Health System hospitals were unprepared for the pandemic and have failed to protect employees during the covid-19 crisis, they said this week. In addition, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said she will present an alternative governance model for oversight of … Continue reading Alameda County supes will investigate Alameda Health System; propose new governance model

Alameda County eyes extending COVID-19 eviction moratorium to entire county

Alameda County supervisors approved on Tuesday a moratorium on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium gives relief only for renters in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County, but could possibly later extend to all cities in the county that have not already passed their own moratoriums. Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan raised the … Continue reading Alameda County eyes extending COVID-19 eviction moratorium to entire county

Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

The Eden Health District Board of Director's search for a new full-time chief executive officer came down to two candidates well versed in East Bay politics. The board unanimously chose to offer a contract to Mark Friedman, a former El Cerrito mayor and long-time aide to former Alameda County supervisor and state senate leader Don … Continue reading Eden board chooses former El Cerrito mayor as CEO over Ellen Corbett

Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan had a seemingly innocuous question for Rich Lucia, the Alameda County undersheriff. Why were Alameda County sheriff's deputies deployed to evict the members of the Moms 4 Housing coalition last Tuesday morning, and not the Oakland Police Department? Lucia told the board that the sheriff's office had been in discussion … Continue reading Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

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