McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks called hercollegaues on the rules committee "spinles wonders."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |Despite a round of aspersions against the Oakland City Council cast by Councilmember Desley Brooks and members of the public Thursday morning, potential censure proceedings for Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney will not occur until after a further investigation into her … Continue reading McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

Talk of censure for Hayward trustee who misused school district resources

Censure could be detrimental to Hayward school trustee John Taylor's re-election effort this fall.HAYWARD | Days after an investigation found a member of the Hayward school board misused district resources for his own recent city council campaign, there is talk of censuring him for his actions.Hayward school board member John Taylor admitted that he used a district … Continue reading Talk of censure for Hayward trustee who misused school district resources

Gallo wants McElhaney to publicly address ethics allegations against her

Councilmember Noel Gallo wants CouncilPresident Lynette Gibson McElhaney toaddress newpaper's allegations against her.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | At least one member of the Oakland City Council is willing to speak publicly on the multiple controversies surrounding council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney detailed recently in a series of investigative reports in the Express.At the start of a … Continue reading Gallo wants McElhaney to publicly address ethics allegations against her

Report: Oakland councilmember used her office for personal gain

Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Two thousand fifteen has not been pleasant for new Oakland City Council President Lynette McElhaney.First, a report in January found she may have been flipping homes in her West Oakland district through her personal non-profit at the same time she was lashing out against gentrification. Her taxes … Continue reading Report: Oakland councilmember used her office for personal gain

Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

With Landis' retirement next month, the Oro Lomaboard will begin searching for his replacement.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | After repeated calls for his resignation following the use of a racial slur during a meeting last December, Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis is instead choosing retirement, effective Mar. 30.The Oro Loma Sanitary District … Continue reading Oro Loma board member Laython Landis opts for retirement after racist comments

Alameda County Democrats call for Landis to resign; recall may be initiated

Oro Loma Sanitary District Board DirectorLaython Landis during public comment at meeting Tuesday afternoon.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | The Alameda County Democratic Central Committee called for Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis to resign this week following his use of a racial slur during a meeting in December.The sanitary district, which services customers in … Continue reading Alameda County Democrats call for Landis to resign; recall may be initiated

Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends

Laython Landis is resisting calls for hisresignation.ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Oro Loma Sanitary District board member Laython Landis was censured by his colleagues for describing heavy rains in the area with an obscure racial slur.During a radio interview with KGO’s Brian Copeland, the embattled official said he won’t use the n-word in public, but might … Continue reading Sanitary district board member says he may still use n-word among friends

Is Joel Young Running Scared?

AC TRANSIT | AT-LARGE SEAT | Since 2011, AC Transit Board Director At-Large Joel Young has racked up a list of notable misdeeds unmatched in East Bay politics. Two years after being appointed to the seat, he began what was then believed to be a promising run for the state Assembly. But one morning in … Continue reading Is Joel Young Running Scared?

Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

A graphic from 2012 contemplated JoelYoung's next move. It may be another fouryears at AC Transit.AC TRANSIT | AT-LARGE | The re-election of At-Large AC Transit board member Joel Young received a significant boost when two potential challengers made late decisions not to run against the transit official who was censured by the transit board … Continue reading Labor’s Tacit Support for Joel Young may have Cleared AC Transit Field

2013 Year In Lists: Desley Brooks’s Top 5 Stages of Grief Over Ethics Allegations

2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | The five stages of grief is denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Before and after a report from City Auditor Courtney Ruby alleged Councilmember Desley Brooks violated the City Charter's non-interference laws that sets a barrier between council members and city staff, the bellicose District 6 representative over the next four months … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Desley Brooks’s Top 5 Stages of Grief Over Ethics Allegations

Top 5 Larry Reid Comedy Classics

After Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid is accused of violating the City Charter in late March, a Facebook page is created in his support using his common refrain to allies, "You are my brother."2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | With the highly-quotable Pete Stark in retirement, there was some fear whether another East Bay public official could ever combine … Continue reading Top 5 Larry Reid Comedy Classics

Reid For Mayor? ‘If I Can Raise $400,000, I’m In The Race’

Larry Reid: awaiting a call from God or campaign donors?OAKLAND//MAYOR | Councilmember Larry Reid entered the Oakland City Council chambers last Thursday evening to a wave of cheers from supporters on hand early for a truly raucous, yet divisive night. Their exuberance was mixed with calls urging for a run for mayor next year by … Continue reading Reid For Mayor? ‘If I Can Raise $400,000, I’m In The Race’

Brooks Escapes Censure; Council Admonishes Itself For Past Interference

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks escaped censure Thursday night in a meeting filled with racial innuendo and a flood of support from members of her East Oakland district. However, the City Council voted to reprimand itself, excluding its three new members, for unspecified past conduct of interference laid out, in part, in an Alameda … Continue reading Brooks Escapes Censure; Council Admonishes Itself For Past Interference

Defiant Brooks Offers 35-Page Retort To Censure; Calls Charges ‘Purely Political’

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL//BROOKS CENSURE | Don’t confuse the relative silence from Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks before she faces censure proceedings this Thursday with resignation, she’s merely been assembling her defense. On Monday, Brooks, who was accused last March by City Auditor Courtney Ruby of violating the City Charter’s non-interference laws on 12 occasions, offered the City Council a … Continue reading Defiant Brooks Offers 35-Page Retort To Censure; Calls Charges ‘Purely Political’

Joel Young And Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

SUNDAY COLUMN | Let me start by saying, I know more about AC Transit Board Director Joel Young than care to know. From covering his campaign last year for the State Assembly to his latest transgressions leading to his censure this week, reporting on the man is easily least fun activity for me, by a … Continue reading Joel Young And Never Having To Say You’re Sorry