[Alameda County] Peralta Colleges facing millions in budget cuts 

Blog note: this article references a 2015 grand jury report.

OAKLAND – The Peralta Community College District is facing an estimated $7.3 million shortfall in its tentative 2018-19 budget, and administrators are rushing to close the gap by proposing cuts in discretionary spending, freezing vacant positions and taking back recent raises.

[Alameda County] OP-ED: The Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Is an Important Watchdog, but Its Members Are Almost Always Too Old, White, and Wealthy

The grand jury has a serious structural problem.

I have just completed two years’ service on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury — a remarkable civic gem. This Civil Grand Jury does not indict people for crimes; instead, it is a citizen’s watchdog group that identifies waste, mismanagement, and process failures in county and government agencies and then recommends fixes.

[Alameda County] Opinion: Oakland is uniting district, charter public schools

Board vote will help bring non-charter and charter schools together to benefit all students


Blog note: this article references a recent Alameda County Grand Jury report.

[Alameda County] Grand jury: Oakland short $860 million for retiree benefits

OAKLAND —  Oakland is short $860 million to cover future retiree benefits and needs to figure out a solution soon, or risk having to cut city services, according to a civil grand jury report.

An Alameda County civil grand jury report issued this week found Oakland has only been paying for current retirees’ health care. The city also should have been putting money away to fund retiree healthcare benefits for current employees — especially since healthcare costs are rapidly increasing, the report said.

Alameda County Water District should be more transparent, grand jury says

The Alameda County Water District needs to be more open with customers about how much labor costs influence water bills, and be tougher in negotiations with labor unions, according to a newly released Alameda County civil grand jury report.

The district — which provides water to 350,000 people in Fremont, Newark and Union City — has raised rates every year except one over the past two decades, including the most recent hike of 25 percent over two years in February 2017, over the protests of dozens.

[Alameda County] Oakland school district has too many schools, 'no accountability' and 'lack of trust:' grand jury

OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland Unified School District faced a multi-million dollar deficit this year and nevertheless “lost control of spending” and repeatedly ignored calls to consolidate schools, the Alameda County civil grand jury found in its annual report released on Tuesday.

[Alameda County] Grand jury finds lack of accurate documentation of sewage spills at Oakland's Lake Temescal

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Alameda County civil grand jury released its annual report on Tuesday, with jurors finding fault with the amount of raw sewage flowing into a popular lake, how the city and park district handle communicating the spills to the public and the lack of accurate paperwork used to document the toxic problem.