A view of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. Contributed photo.
Crews clean up the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Photo by Jeff Heyman.
Veteran seaman Fred Joyce said he goes to the Oakland Yacht Club to share sailing and racing stories with friends like Jim Jessie, a club member for more than 50 years, and Christa Schreiber. All three agreed there’s something special about the Oakland Yacht Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Updated at 8:57 a.m. Thursday, October 24
Assemblyman Rob Bonta closed his first session in the statehouse with new laws that benefit public unions facing contract impasses, allow green card holders to work the polls and ensure Californians do more to learn about and honor Filipino Americans. But other efforts, including a bill to require the state’s prisons to provide condoms to inmates, were dealt a gubernatorial veto.
Governor Jerry Brown signed eight of the 21 bills that Alameda’s former vice mayor put forward during his first session in the state Assembly, and vetoed three. Others were pulled by Bonta or stalled in legislative committees.
Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions.
A pair of bills from local Assemblyman Rob Bonta that would cut election costs for a pair of municipal utility districts and lower fees for large credit unions that are chartered by the state have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
The first bill, AB 408, allows the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Sacramento Municipal Utility District to appoint new members in cases where only one person’s name would appear on a ballot for the office or when no one applies.
The state Senate is set to consider a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that would allow non-citizens to serve as poll workers during elections, which its supporters say will increase voter access for non-English speakers.
If passed by the Senate, Bonta's AB 817 would allow green card holders to work at the polls and provide language assistance services on Election Day. Current law bars nonvoters from working the polls on election days; legal permanent residents lack the right to vote.
Rob Bonta wants mental health services for youths who have experienced depression and violence. Contributed photo.
In an age of increasing violence, one East Bay legislator is sponsoring a bill that would help students affected by trauma.
Alameda’s teachers will be getting the raises their union proposed last April under a tentative agreement they’ll be voting on next week, deal points obtained and released by a local blogger show. If approved by teachers and the Board of Education, the deal will cap two years of contentious negotiations whose closure required the assistance of a state legislator.
Neither side wished to offer additional contract details or comment on Wednesday.
Updated at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8
A state appeals court has agreed to revisit its decision to strike down portions of a 2008 Alameda school parcel tax, a ruling that could ultimately cost Alameda Unified millions of dollars and put other school districts’ parcel taxes at risk of being tossed by courts.
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