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Re: “City of Alameda Loses Federal Law Enforcement Grant Due to Sanctuary Status

September 5, 2017



Sarah Henry, Public Information Officer

(510) 747-4714

City of Alameda Refuses to Certify Compliance with Federal Statute Regarding Immigration Status

Earlier this year, Alamedas City Council adopted a resolution affirming the City of Alamedas commitment as a Sanctuary City to the values of dignity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or immigration status. This resolution reaffirmed the stand the City has taken for many years against biased, racist, and unconstitutional acts against undocumented immigrants.

In order for the City of Alameda to apply for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), a new procedure was established that requires the City Manager to certify that the City does not restrict sending or receiving information regarding citizenship or immigration status.

Because this new requirement does not meet the intent of the Alameda City Councils Sanctuary City Resolution, neither the City Manager nor the City Attorney, with concurrence from the Police Chief, agreed to sign the document. The City provides public safety for all, regardless of immigration status. Without a signed Certification of Compliance, the Alameda Police Department will not be able to accept an award from the USDOJ.

The City of Alameda was the first City in Alameda County that did not agree to sign the Certification of Compliance from the USDOJ. If pending lawsuits from the State of California and City of San Francisco prove successful, the City of Alameda may be able to receive these grant funds in the future.

The City of Alamedas annual budget for services such as police, fire, parks, roads, and sidewalks is $249 million. Each year, millions of our budget dollars come from grant funding. For the last ten years, one source of the Citys grant funding has been the JAG grant, with awards ranging from $32,139 in 2007 to $12,352 in 2016. This year, Alamedas JAG funding was estimated to be $11,537.


Posted by David Howard on 09/06/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

And now it is 2017 and the beginning of the Richmond Greenway has started . Why is it that there are giant piles of contaminated soil building up without proper storage ,blowing about on the Greenway. Why am I looking at uncovered piles of dirt filled with all sorts of contaminants yet the city(Yasser and Bill) are telling me that the soil is not contaminated. Should I show them their own reports? People have got to stop throwing their toxic trash at Richmond. Healing has got to begin.

Posted by Liz LUbin on 09/06/2017 at 10:19 AM
Posted by George Rockwell on 09/06/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “'Sickened,' 'Senseless and Cruel': California Leaders Respond to Trump's Termination of DACA

Senator Feinstein said it best yesterday. DACA as it stands is not legal, Obama said in 2012 that this was a temporary stop gap action and would need to be addressed. He left that and a whole lot of other messes behind that he created all in the name of who--SOROS and his cronies, that's who.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 09/06/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Loses Federal Law Enforcement Grant Due to Sanctuary Status

Typical that the article title skews what has transpired. Not surprising given its source and twisted idea of societal norms.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 09/06/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “'Sickened,' 'Senseless and Cruel': California Leaders Respond to Trump's Termination of DACA

Dreamers are not US citizens, legal permanent residents or even lawfully present foreign nationals bearing student visas - they are illegal aliens. Perhaps congress will adjust their status, perhaps not. If I were them I'd return home and start to build a life unmarred by scandal, subterfuge and fraud.

Posted by Vince Tagliano on 09/05/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “'Sickened,' 'Senseless and Cruel': California Leaders Respond to Trump's Termination of DACA

Yet again the Nazi's and Fascists (and their Trumpster puppets) rise on the pages of EBX (along with the other absolutists).

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/05/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “City of Alameda Loses Federal Law Enforcement Grant Due to Sanctuary Status

Let's rewrite that headline, shall we?

City of Alameda Refuses Federal Grant. Cites Unacceptable Requirements.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/05/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “'Sickened,' 'Senseless and Cruel': California Leaders Respond to Trump's Termination of DACA

Donald Trump does not even have the balls to take the podium and own his own racist position on DACA for the American people to see. But don't worry, that little racist lawn troll Jeff Sessions will gladly do it every time. If you watch the tape, he could barely hide his joy at going after young people who had nothing at all to do with how they got to America. Not only that, most are in college, working or in the military putting their lives on the line for this country. By the way, serving in the military is something that Trump nor most of the Congress ever did. Sessions statements in defense of this cruel and inhuman act were flatly bold faced lies. He tried to connect the DACA immigrants with illegal drugs, gangs and anything else he could find to justify what is just plain cruelty and hate. Moreover, Trump is again trying to avoid any responsibility in case this blows up by telling the Congress to figure it out in 6 months. To call Obama's implementation of DACA unconstitutional and an overreach of Executive branch power ignores the political reality that the Congress had plenty of time to resolve this issue and did NOTHING! They are so dysfunctional that It is likely they will do nothing once again.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/05/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

I have to admit I do not know Ben Bartlett yet I do know Max Anderson, his I spell that correctly. District 3 is where I reside and grew up. I lived at 1624 Tyler street, moving there from Grant street in Berkeley when I was in the 4th grade. Lincoln/Malcolm x elementary.

I did not vote this past I do not complain... I'm just a freelance writer and had a chance to work for the Berkeley Daily Planet. Michael Howerton my boss.....or something like that.
I will follow your political progress if that's all right with you and your constituency...did I spell that right also?

Posted by Jonathan Wafer on 09/02/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Oakland’s First LGBTQ Center to Open on Sept. 7

Great article!! Glad to hear about this safe space for Oakland's LGBTQ community

Posted by Franki Franklin on 09/01/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Denny’s to Emeryville: Increasing the Minimum Wage Increases Crime

Okay... this is the sort of annoying bastard that I'd like to be stuck in a broken elevator with for ten minutes, alone. Excuse me, Bill? Try to tell me the E'ville Denny's doesn't rake it in hand over fist.
You're a miserable corporate shill, sir. You'll never get your wife pregnant, because even your sperm know better than to pass on your genetic traits, they swim away from the ovum.
If there's any justice in the world, you will be found dead behind the Denny's off of the 580, sodomized into extinction with one of those horrible cast-iron skillets your chain uses to serve what is loosely referred to as "food" to drunks and tourists. You're a cancer with legs, Bill.
(Was that a bit harsh? I'm a poor judge of my own opinions.)

Posted by Dean DuPont on 09/01/2017 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

Ben Bartlett is the most grating, self-aggrandizing politician I have yet met, and I have met most East Bay politicos. His ambition is so great and his demeanor is so phony that it is hard to believe anyone would vote for him.

I, along with Bay Area Native and lifelong activist Danny Glover, endorse Jovanka Eckles. We don't need corporatist Dem repping us in the state assembly and that is who Benji, Judy are.

And how is white house experience going to help Ms. Wicks, other than help her raise campaign bribes from corporate overlords? Surely knowledge of State Assembly 15 is a top criteria, one Ms. Wicks, as a White House ex, lacks.

I would take any of them, however, over Ben Bartlett. Ben doesn't give a crap about anyone but himself. He is so selfish that he can't even hide his grasping, greedy tentacles.

The nephew of Congressman Ron Dellum (and former mayor of Oakland) was homeless as a kid? I don't believe it, unless Ben thought, as a child hoping to emulate Uncle Ronnie, thought it would help his political future.. Get dates, proof, that he was homeless. Ben is most selfish and calculating creep in East Bay politics. We deserve better to rep State Assembly District 15. Go jovanka!!!

Many worked 'on the ground' to get Ben on Berkerley City council and only after he got what he wanted -- elected -- did his ground game see who he really is. I doubt many of his campaign staff will return to help the creep in his next aggressive step.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 09/01/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “The Warriors Have Yet to Pay for Oakland's Championship Parade

I've heard that name a lot and seen her in action. That Katano has been at the heart of the City's financial corruption and inefficiencies for years. She was IT manager when the City didn't renew it's domain name and the website went down. How fiscal are you when you won't pay your bill? Never mind all her other abuses of power, over IT she supposedly spied on the Mayor, Councilmenbers and staff. I was at the budget meeting when she was definitely caught hiding $21 million in her secret fund. The City Administrator didn't bat an eye. A few years ago she was using 457 retirement finds a personal travel slush fund. Maybe she still is. And when she and her brother ran all the City finances, there was a record low in the reporting of cannabis revenue that was only delivered in cash. What did she get?..Not jail.. PROMOTED! That Katano is full of it and dipped in Teflon to boot. Never investigated. Seems the Administrator likes a side of corruption with their so called transparency... Oy vey Oakland

Posted by JerryGold on 09/01/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The Warriors Have Yet to Pay for Oakland's Championship Parade

Employees are afraid of retaliation. It happens a lot here at the city. Believe me. You should start an anonymous network. Lots of folks like to air out but are afraid

Posted by concern _123 on 09/01/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “The Warriors Have Yet to Pay for Oakland's Championship Parade

Finance Director Katano will tell you that system works well. You have to ask for anonymous feedback otherwise you won't get the truth

Posted by concern _123 on 09/01/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “The Warriors Have Yet to Pay for Oakland's Championship Parade

Didn't I tell you so? Finance Director is still hiring top paid friends. Check out Oracle system which costs$21M & still not working.

Posted by concern _123 on 09/01/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “The Warriors Have Yet to Pay for Oakland's Championship Parade

Yeah!!! Sports are GOOD for Oaklands bottom line... NOT!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/31/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Report: When It Comes to Mortgage Loan Servicing, Banks Are Still Failing to Comply With the Law

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Posted by Rolandfredrick04 on 08/31/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Feds Bust Gun Trafficking Ring Revealing a Pipeline of Illegal Weapons Into Oakland

Sadly, this article is typical of those written by the anti any gun folks.

The Keltec PLR16 is NOT an automatic weapon. Period. NONE of the weapons mentioned are "Automatic machine guns". Period. You can't buy machine guns of any type ( and pistols that are fully automatic are just that, they are not machine guns) or full auto weapons of any time at ANY gun shop in the US without extensive work and very expensive permits. You definitely can not drive to Nevada and buy full auto weapons at gun stores. This article is hogwash.

Nice reporting.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 08/31/2017 at 8:31 AM

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