East Bay

Transit Workers Stage Mock Funeral

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 11:46am

Transit FuneralOAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- A group of public transit advocates held a mock funeral this morning for services that have been lost because of budget cuts. 

The Transit Riders for Public Transportation sponsored the rally outside of Oakland City Hall. Members of the group want Congress to give local transit agencies greater flexibility on how they spend the money they receive from Washington.

AC Transit considers deep service cuts

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 2:37pm

AC Transit, which already is set to raise fares July 1, now is looking at slashing service by nearly 15 percent to help balance the books.

The proposed service cuts include eliminating some lines, truncating the routes of others and running some buses less frequently. The plan also calls for expanding some routes to fill in where other lines were dropped.

Brown Sues Pleasanton Over Housing Limit

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 2:15pm

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
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Some undocumented immigrants paying taxes, but nobody sure how many

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 3:21pm

PITTSBURG — Week after week before Tax Day, they arrived at H&R Block with bundles of paperwork bound by elastic bands.

They lived nearby. They worked nearby. They just happened to be illegal immigrants.

"You have some really hardworking folks who are just trying to buy into that American dream," said Rene Steele, who works at the Buchanan Road branch of the national tax preparing company. "I try to take a neutral stance and say, you know, they're paying taxes. Everybody's trying to contribute."

Among the Californians who filed their tax returns before Wednesday's deadline were an untold number of undocumented immigrants. No one knows for sure how many of the state's estimated 2.7 million illegal immigrants participate in the civic duty.


Pleasanton General Plan Delayed again by Housing Cap Dispute

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:07am
Atty. Gen. Brown, lawsuit contend cap blocks affordable units

Pleasanton Weekly Staff

Community and city leaders started updating the Pleasanton General Plan in 2003, a hoped-for three year process that is just now nearing completion and waiting for final approval by the Planning Commission and City Council within the next few weeks.



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