With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's motionallowed the city approve its two-year budgetjust under the wire before a Friday deadline.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILFor a budget battle in Oakland that resulted earlier in the week with an abrupt adjournment in response to civil disobedience, it didn’t take much to inflame what became another wild night inside the council’s chambers. … Continue reading With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland City Council backs inquiry, Trump impeachment: ‘I hope God blesses us with a miracle and gets rid of both Trump and Pence’

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I can't think of any of my colleagues on this council that voted for Donald Trump," said Oakland Council President Larry Reid before a number of public speakers lined up to urge the City Council to support a resolution to investigate and possibly impeach Donald Trump.He was right. The Oakland City Council unanimously … Continue reading Oakland City Council backs inquiry, Trump impeachment: ‘I hope God blesses us with a miracle and gets rid of both Trump and Pence’

Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThose involved in Oakland's notorious police misconduct scandal that included the alleged sexual abuse of a then-underage girl have either been fired, suspended, or charged with serious crimes. Now, it's the city's turn to pay for one of Oakland's darkest moments.During a lengthy meeting that concluded just before 2 a.m, Wednesday morning, the Oakland … Continue reading Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThree Oakland elected officials introduced a resolution Thursday calling for Congress to investigate all impeachable offense alleged of President Donald Trump.The symbolic resolution, authored by Oakalnd Councilmember Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, was presented to the Oakland City Council Rules Committee on Thursday morning. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker asked to be included as … Continue reading Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

Oakland city attorney files amicus brief opposing Trump’s sanctuary city executive order

OAKLANDOakland is joining 33 other cities nationwide in aiding Santa Clara County’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order that threatens sanctuary cities and counties with the loss of federal funding.The lawsuit filed on Feb. 3 seeks an injunction against the executive order. Oakland has long declared itself a sanctuary city and reaffirmed its status last … Continue reading Oakland city attorney files amicus brief opposing Trump’s sanctuary city executive order

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: October-December 2015

OCTOBERThe Assemblymember Rob Bonta-led effortto add regulations to medical cannabis dispensaries is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. >>>Assemblymember Rob Bonta's medical cannabis dispensary reform bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation adds needed regulations to the greatly expanding industry in the state. >>>The much-anticipated race in the Ninth State Senate District loses one prominent candidate when … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: October-December 2015

Oakland to hear plans restricting high-capacity clips, theft of guns from cars

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb, above, alongwith Rebecca Kaplan and Annie CampbellWashington are proposing a slate of gun-related laws.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland public officials will offer a slate of gun-related legislation later this month to limit access to high-capacity gun magazines and required gunowners to safely store firearms in their homes. In addition, two proposed ordinances … Continue reading Oakland to hear plans restricting high-capacity clips, theft of guns from cars

Oakland sues Wells Fargo for damages from discriminatory lending practices

Oakland City Attorney Barbara ParkerPHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND | The city of Oakland has filed a federal lawsuit against financial institution Wells Fargo alleging its lending practices were predatory and discriminatory. The lawsuit filed by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker Tuesday alleges Well Fargo targeted African American and Hispanic borrowers in Oakland for high risk loans even … Continue reading Oakland sues Wells Fargo for damages from discriminatory lending practices

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 8

SAN LEANDRO/Sept 8, 7 p.m.Road to dispensary ends; road building beginsPOT DISPENSARY PERMIT San Leandro's first-ever medical cannabis dispensary faces its likely final hurdle Tuesday nigh. If the City Council approves its staff recommendation, the city's lone dispensary operator will be Oakland-based dispensary Harborside, the nation's largest collective. According to the city staff report, Harborside … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 8

Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

Oakland's East 12th Street remainder parcelis back on the market. City Council now agrees the sale was illegalOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Chalk another one for Oakland’s populist movement. The controversial East 12th Street remainder sale approved by the Oakland City Council last month “quietly” passed into the darkness this week.In closed session Tuesday, the City Council … Continue reading Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

Oakland City Attorney Barbara ParkerPHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND | An investigation precipitated by the controversial reinstatement last year of an Oakland police officer disciplined at an Occupy Oakland protest in 2011, found the city attorney’s office typically handled arbitration hearings “haphazardly” and waited until the last minute to prepare for hearings or even assign cases.The investigation lead … Continue reading Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman has courted the chair of the Alameda County Republican Party over the past year. So has Bryan Parker and Courtney Ruby. The game of political footsie with the city’s small number of conservatives is not surprising; since the trio tends to skew the furthest right on … Continue reading GOP Chair: Some Oakland Republicans Leaning Toward ‘Lovely Libby’

As Time Runs Out, Council Gives Oakland Army Base Tenants A Reprieve

Oakland Army Base from the sky.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A few businesses at the Oakland Army Base will not face imminent eviction in advance of a planned $270 million makeover of the waterfront. The Oakland City Council Tuesday directed its real estate manager to not issue unlawful detainers against tenants during a 15-day period starting June … Continue reading As Time Runs Out, Council Gives Oakland Army Base Tenants A Reprieve

Brooks Unloads On—Basically Everyone!—Over First Friday Security Spending

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | What initially appeared to be one of the most mundane Oakland City Council meetings in recent months, turned into a public dress down delivered by Councilmember Desley Brooks. The East Oakland representative questioned City Administrator Deanna Santana’s authorization to use general fund dollars for security services at the First Friday street … Continue reading Brooks Unloads On—Basically Everyone!—Over First Friday Security Spending

Oakland Prohibits Investment In Gun And Ammunition Companies

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland took steps Tuesday never to profit from the sale of guns and ammunition. The City Council unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the city from investing in companies which manufacture firearms and ammunition. “There is a well-funded corporate effort pushing against our work to stop gun violence,” said Coucilmember Rebecca Kaplan. It was … Continue reading Oakland Prohibits Investment In Gun And Ammunition Companies