Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

Going back to their days together on theOakland City Council, there has never beenmuch love lost between Desley Brooks andLibby Schaaf.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILTwo years ago, Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks railed against Mayor Libby Schaaf's apparent bureaucratic error that potentially risked the loss of $2 million in grants for job training programs primarily accessed by minorities. … Continue reading Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

Oakland Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington will not seek re-election

Annie Campbell WashingtonOAKLAND CITY COUNCILFirst-term Oakland Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington announced she will not seek re-election to her District 4 seat this fall. The announcement late Thursday afternoon is somewhat of a surprise. Campbell Washington would have been a heavy favorite to win re-election.READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT EAST BAY EXPRESS

Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILAn opinion by the Oakland City Attorney's office that a voter-approved independent police commission did not have authority, under the City Charter, to hire or fire an inspector general for police investigations, roiled advocates of police transparency Tuesday night in the Oakland City Council chambersOakland voters overwhelmingly supported Measure LL in November 2016, … Continue reading Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland Councilmember Annie CampbellWashington doubts the city administrationis serious about reducing overtime hours for its public safety employees.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's overtime budget for the police and fire departments is bursting at the seams, leading one normally reserved councilmember Tuesday to unleash a litany of strong criticisms against not only each public safety department's leadership, but also … Continue reading Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

Oakland voters overwhelmingly supportedMeasure Q in 2004, but the parcel tax hasstruggled to improve libraries in the city.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's libraries have faced years of disheartening budget cuts, but a plan to place a library parcel tax at the ballot box next June is sowing doubts that it will do much to help increase funding and … Continue reading Oakland is preparing June ballot measure to replace diminished library parcel tax

EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15-21--BERKELEY-- Special council meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--MOVE TO REPEAL PEPPER SPRAY ORDINANCE-- Last September, the City Council approved authorization for the police department to include pepper spray under its use-of-force policy. Pepper spray had been prohibited under the 1997 city ordinance, but the outbreak of conflicts this year between protesters … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 15-21 | BERKELEY revisits police pepper spray policy; ALAMEDA land swap for 589 housing units; ALAMEDA COUNTY Coliseum sale talks; OAKLAND reboots

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

Oakland City Council President Larry Reidsays he quit smoking in April after more than 50 years.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I started smoking when I was 15-years-old," Oakland City Council President Larry Reid said late Tuesday night before the council approved a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, and menthol cigarettes."I'm 66-years-old. I stopped … Continue reading Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

Following emotional hearing, Oakland City Council approves Dept. of Violence Prevention

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILIt was one of the most somber Oakland City Council meetings in recent memory. Dozens of public speakers detailed the anguish following the loss of loved ones to gun violence in Oakland. And, later, after Council President Larry Reid's daughter provided her own tragic testimony, he struggled to fight back tears before the … Continue reading Following emotional hearing, Oakland City Council approves Dept. of Violence Prevention

Oakland City Council shakes up Schaaf’s soda tax allocation

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks said Mayor Libby Schaaf's soda tax budget ploy was"dishonorable and desperate" on Tuesday..OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOpposition among Oakland City Council members, and the public, toward Mayor Libby Schaaf’s budget proposal to use soda tax revenues to help close the city’s funding gap may have forced her Tuesday night to change her mind.Schaaf appeared to concede … Continue reading Oakland City Council shakes up Schaaf’s soda tax allocation

Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThe momentum for Oakland becoming only the second public bank in the entire country was slowed Tuesday when an Oakland City Council committee declined to support a feasibility study worth $100,000.A majority of the Finance and Management Committee strongly questioned whether the proposal recommended by city staff was sufficient to conduct a thorough … Continue reading Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's consistently high levels of violent crime need a noticeable jolt of improvement, said Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Tuesday after proposing the creation of a new city Department of Violence Prevention.Oakland Council President Larry Reid is also a sponsor of the ordinance that began its path through the city government Tuesday at … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

Signage seen in and around Oakland in recent months urging a ban on coal in the city. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |The burning issue of coal in Oakland was snuffed out Monday night. After hours of sometimes rowdy debate, the Oakland City Council voted 7-0 to thwart a plan to ship coal through its port.The proposal was vigorously … Continue reading Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

With gun control laws, Oakland City Council to ring in new year without a bang

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb said part ofthe impetus for the proposed ordinances isinaction by Congress on gun control.OAKLAND | The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee on Tuesday greenlighted three gun control measures that were proposed following the massacre in San Bernardino and a rash of car burglaries in which guns were stolen. The full … Continue reading With gun control laws, Oakland City Council to ring in new year without a bang

NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions

Large capacity clips like these would be bannedin Oakland under a proposed ordinance.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The National Rifle Association is urging its members and advocates to voice opposition to a package of gun restrictions being proposed at Tuesday's Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee.The proposed ordinances would make it illegal to carry high-capacity magazines … Continue reading NRA marshaling opposition to Oakland’s proposed gun restrictions