Replica of a drone sought by the Alameda
County Sheriff in Feb. PHOTO/Shane Bond
WHAT IT MEANS IN '14 Public privacy, be it city cameras or domestic drones hovering over Alameda County, is not going away. In fact, it may be the vote most of the current Oakland City Council will regret later in their political careers.
Alameda County posted its best budget forecast in five years.
However, it still reflected a $80.2 million shortfall.
WHAT IT MEANS IN '14 In terms of the bulking up the county’s safety net, things are getting better, but unemployment is still a nagging problem and soon finding an affordable home to buy or rent may become even more difficult. How the region tackles the wave of new money coming to the East Bay in an equitable fashion is an issue yet to be broached by public officials.
Gayle McLaughlin, the East Bay's
WHAT IT MEANS IN '14 Richmond’s anti-foreclosure plan may or may not ever get off the ground, but for the first time in awhile, it felt like local government was finally standing up for the little guy, instead of acting the shill for the police department or the local chamber of commerce. If Richmond is successful, others will follow and that's what the Masters of the Universe fears the most.
Jean Quan and her emissary to the Black Hole,
Dr. Death. PHOTO/Steven Tavares
WHAT IT MEANS IN '14 Once the deals are signed in 2014, how the plans are implemented with public money will take center stage. The Oakland Coliseum is still saddled with $113 million in debt from the return of the Raiders and remodeling of the stadium almost 20 years ago. Paying off the debt may require selling the Coliseum complex land. In fact, no stadium project in history has been made without taxpayers getting screwed and this one will be no different. Like Michael Jordan , you cannot stop it, but only contain it.
|Khanna introducing himself to voters |
earlier this year in a YouTube video.
WHAT IT MEANS IN '14 This significant plot twist in an already interesting race proves a political campaign is a marathon, albeit, one where you never know where the course will take you.