Alameda County explains why earthquake alert came 90 minutes late

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report finding that the county needed a better way to inform residents about dire emergencies.

A small earthquake was felt by thousands Monday evening in the Bay Area, prompting many news organizations, including ABC7 News, to send out push alerts within 10 minutes.

But It took Alameda County's emergency alert system a lot longer to send out emails and text messages -- an hour and a half longer, to be exact.

[Alameda County] Ghost Ship Blaze Spurs Inspection Change

Oakland officials have halted a fire inspection program to improve its computer tracking software in the wake of the deadly Ghost Ship blaze.


Blog note: this article references a 2014 grand jury report on the Fire Department’s dealing with fire hazards.

May 11--Oakland officials halted an inspection program that sends firefighters to multifamily apartments, restaurants and other commercial buildings to check for safety and fire hazards -- because of a change in computer software.

[Alameda County] Oakland's Exclusive Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School Draws Opposition

Criticized for 'backroom dealing,' the city council continues to pursue exclusive, no-bid deals to offload public property.


Blog note: this article references a grand jury report criticizing “backroom dealing” in developing city property.