2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSAs fall began to bleed into winter, everything seemed to go wrong for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. The unions were already nipping at her heels with a campaign-style website  portraying her leadership in dire tones. An August raid by ICE agents in West Oakland, is later found to have been aided by … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics Part IV – Oct-Dec: Oakland Strikes

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Jan-Mar: Battle of Berkeley

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSEast Bay residents didn't exactly head into the new year with hopes of prosperity and self-renewal. President-Elect Donald Trump's shadow was already darkening every door in the East Bay, especially those griped with fear in our large and diverse immigrants communities. In fact, Trump did not only overshadow every story … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Jan-Mar: Battle of Berkeley

Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick reiterated that she was not previously aware that a raid conducted by federal agents in West Oakland on Aug. 16 involved a potential deportation matter. The raid in West Oakland by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents involved a warrant for human trafficking, but ultimately included the arrest of a … Continue reading Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

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

Federal judge overseeing Oakland police reforms to retire in August

Federal Judge Thelton HendersonOAKLAND | Days after Oakland named its next police chief, Judge Thelton Henderson, who was tasked with pushing the struggling department to comply with more than a decade-long federal consent decree to reform its ranks, said he will retire in August, according toReuters.Henderson, 83, told the news service that he simply doesn’t … Continue reading Federal judge overseeing Oakland police reforms to retire in August

ANNE KIRKPATRICK TO BE OAKLAND’S FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF

Anne Kirkpatrick is slated to become Oakland'snext police chief, according to reports.OAKLAND | Anne Kirkpatrick, a former Spokane, Wash. police chief and current head of a Chicago police accountability task force, is set to be named Oakland's next police chief, according to numerous media reports.Kirkpatrick, 56, will become Oakland's first female top cop and end … Continue reading ANNE KIRKPATRICK TO BE OAKLAND’S FIRST FEMALE POLICE CHIEF