Politics

Bills that would revamp the community college accreditation process and permit worker cooperatives are among the nearly two dozen proposed so far by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta during the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session.

The 22 pieces of legislation that Bonta, who has announced he plans to run for re-election this fall, has introduced since February include bills that seeks to boost the amount of produce available to people living in "food deserts," grant the Oakland Unified School District more time to sell surplus property to help pay off a $100 million loan from the state and grant union-friendly changes to bargaining rules.

City Hall is better organized, the city is greener than ever before and Alameda Point will soon see development after a 17-year wait, Mayor Marie Gilmore said Tuesday during her annual State of the City address.

City Councilman Tony Daysog is considering a run for another office: The Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. George Miller.

City Councilman Stewart Chen’s resume omits a potentially embarrassing episode.

A group of locals who want Crab Cove to expand on federal property where houses are proposed to be built has submitted language for a proposed ballot measure to the City Clerk.

The group, Friends of Crown Beach, is hoping to gather the 6,000 signatures it needs to put the measure on the November ballot. The initiative, which would change the zoning for the property to open space, was submitted by Doug Siden, a member of the East Bay Regional Park District board; former City Councilwoman Karin Lucas; and resident Wai-Kuan Woo.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

Residents and business owners in the new Alameda Landing development may pay thousands of dollars more in taxes for roads, sewers and police protection than their other Island neighbors.

The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to move forward on a pair of proposed special districts encompassing the Alameda Landing development that, if approved, would allow the city to levy additional taxes to pay for the facilities and services; Councilwoman Lena Tam was absent. A public hearing and potential city approval of the proposed districts is set for January 7.

Alameda's City Council will move forward on expanded state and federal lobbying efforts, performance measures for city services and a proposal that could mean thousands in additional taxes for Alameda Landing residents. Here's what happened, in tweet.

City leaders may soon be asking state and federal lawmakers for more money to develop Alameda Point, construct bike and walking trails and equip the Island’s public safety forces, and on Tuesday they’ll consider hiring a former top state legislator to help make the city’s case.

Updated at 9:41 a.m. Thursday, November 7

Merchants who want to take their advertising to the streets will soon have the city’s permission.

On Tuesday night, the City Council signaled their approval of a sign ordinance allowing for freestanding “A-frame” signs in front of businesses throughout the city. The signs are already in place along Park Street and other commercial neighborhoods, but the new regulation limits the size of the advertisements and their distance from the storefront.