WTF is going on in the South Bay?

San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep took theoath of office Tuesday while holding a Captain America shield. PHOTO/@SanJoseD4SAN JOSEDuring some Oakland City Council meetings, several elected officials routinely wear hats and shirts representing the city's professional sports franchises. On one level it expresses their support and city pride. Conversely--and it's not pointed out enough--it also suggests they … Continue reading WTF is going on in the South Bay?

Oakland is Leaving a Whole Lot of Money on the Table, says Grand Jury Report

OAKLAND | ALCO GRAND JURY | A new Alameda County Grand Jury report is questioning whether the City of Oakland and its police department are receiving all the revenue they're due from a long-term towing contract. In addition, the report also said the Oakland Fire Department failed to recoup more than $1.4 million in fire … Continue reading Oakland is Leaving a Whole Lot of Money on the Table, says Grand Jury Report

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Mar. 25, 2014

Oakland City Council Committees Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Mar. 25, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTDENSITY BONUSES Oakland needs to update its planning code regarding density bonuses used for enticing developers to build additional affordable housing. The city is currently not in line with state laws. The proposed draft ordinance calls for … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Mar. 25, 2014

Ruby’s Mayoral Bid Focuses on Getting Oakland Out of the Red

Courtney Ruby: Oakland's newestmayoral candidate.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Telling it like it is got Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby in trouble with two of the city's black council members. Despite protestation against her scathing audit last year alleging Desley Brooks and Larry Reid violated the City Charter and race-baiting comments lobbed towards her, the veracity … Continue reading Ruby’s Mayoral Bid Focuses on Getting Oakland Out of the Red

Study: Hospitals will be Hampered by Legislation Asking Non-Profits for Tax-Exempt Accountability

ASSEMBLY | HEALTH CARE | A state legislative audit two years ago found non-profit hospitals receiving lucrative tax-exemptions lack accounting for the amount of charity care they provide. Last year, East Bay Assemblymembers Bob Wieckowski and Rob Bonta authored a bill based on the audit's recommendations. Wieckowski pulled the bill last May.However, a study released … Continue reading Study: Hospitals will be Hampered by Legislation Asking Non-Profits for Tax-Exempt Accountability

Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

Oakland City Auditor Courtney RubyOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Within a two-year period, 14 Oakland city managers and staffers received an estimated $23,000 in improper gifts from vendors associated with the city's workers' compensation program, said City Auditor Courtney Ruby in a blistering report released Tuesday. Ruby also reported the city’s worker compensation’s risk division overspent its … Continue reading Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

State To Audit BART’s Finances; May Take Seven Months To Complete

ASSEMBLY 20 | Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk is a man of science, a discipline predicated upon precise information. On Wednesday, a state audit of BART’s finances requested by Quirk will hopefully get the numbers straight.The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved the request after discrepancies were reported between the average wages of BART employees. BART management … Continue reading State To Audit BART’s Finances; May Take Seven Months To Complete

Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

STATE SENATE | Ellen Corbett is continuing her attempts to crack down on the state’s charter-party limousine industry following findings this week the tragic limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge earlier this year was ruled an accident.On Wednesday, an audit of the charter-party carriers limo industry sought by State Sen. Corbett was approved. The … Continue reading Corbett’s Call For State Audit Of Limo Industry Approved

Oakland Public Ethics Commission Waits On Addressing Auditor’s Report

OAKLAND//RUBY REPORT | The Oakland Public Ethics Commission decided Tuesday to not make any formal recommendations regarding the city auditor’s scathing report alleging two city councilmembers, Desley Brooks and Larry Reed, were responsible for breaking numerous non-interferences laws on multiple city projects. The ethics commission said they found the report to be alarming but that … Continue reading Oakland Public Ethics Commission Waits On Addressing Auditor’s Report

A Great Week For Accountability In Alameda County

SUNDAY COLUMN | There is no need to rehash the specifics of the horrendous 2012 political year in Alameda County. But, last Thursday was a great day for accountability with the release of a scathing audit forcefully coming down on Oakland Councilmembers Desley Brooks and Larry Reid alleging wholesale violations of city non-interference laws. In … Continue reading A Great Week For Accountability In Alameda County

Ding Dong, Is The Witch Dead? How Brooks Will Confront Scathing Audit

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Enough is enough! That is what city officials in Oakland appear to be saying when it comes to allegations of unethical behavior among some of its council members and years of institutional abuse. An explosive audit released Thursday may have been the bravest attempt in years aiming to quell the tyrannical … Continue reading Ding Dong, Is The Witch Dead? How Brooks Will Confront Scathing Audit

Auditor: Oakland Councilmembers Brooks, Reid Broke Non-Interference Rules

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Council members Larry Reid and Desley Brooks broke city laws prohibiting interference in the city's administrative affairs and bidding process, according to a report released by City Auditor Courtney Ruby today. According to Ruby, Brooks and Reid both told city employees to contract with Turner Group Construction on a … Continue reading Auditor: Oakland Councilmembers Brooks, Reid Broke Non-Interference Rules