Alameda set to give city attorney a 2-year contract extension

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILWhile embattled Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach was dealing with the fallout of a potential illegal wiretapping charge earlier this month, she dropped a bombshell allegation against the island's city attorney.Keimach alleged she consulted with Alameda City Attorney Janet Kern before secretly recording Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella sometime prior to their … Continue reading Alameda set to give city attorney a 2-year contract extension

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

Oakland Public Ethics Commission Laments Lack Of Power, Jurisdiction

Current members of the Oakland PublicEthics Commission.OAKLAND//ETHICS COMMISSION | The Oakland Public Ethics Commission is having a major identity crisis. After years of being part of Oakland’s backwater of appointed boards and commissions and without any tangible power, a scathing Alameda County civil grand jury report has breathed new life into what should be the city government's ethical … Continue reading Oakland Public Ethics Commission Laments Lack Of Power, Jurisdiction

Goldman Sachs Debarment Heads Back To Oakland Council, But Not Without Added Confusion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | A draft ordinance that could lead to the debarment of Goldman Sachs from bidding on city contracts is heading back to the City Council with amendments, but not before another round of confusion fostered by the city attorney’s office.In the past month, the issue of debarment has bounced back-and-forth between committee … Continue reading Goldman Sachs Debarment Heads Back To Oakland Council, But Not Without Added Confusion

San Leandro Mayor Pushes For Dropping Long-Time Attorney Firm Meyers Nave

Man on an island: Mayor Stephen Cassidy, left. PHOTO/Natalia AldanaSAN LEANDRO | The San Leandro City Council looked over a legal services analysis report last Tuesday that reviewed the financial costs and drafted options to either stay or not stay with the city’s long term contract with the Meyers Nave, firm that supplies San Leandro … Continue reading San Leandro Mayor Pushes For Dropping Long-Time Attorney Firm Meyers Nave

Brunner Launches Another Volley of E-mails Against Parker

ELECTION '12//OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY | Oakland Councilwoman and city attorney candidate, Jane Brunner, e-mail blasted Barbara Parker this week in a “Part Two” condemnation of City Attorney, Barbara Parker’s solicitation of campaign funds from attorneys that Brunner says are engaged in “suing the city,” or that Parker “awarded work to.”Brunner claims that Parker allocated millions … Continue reading Brunner Launches Another Volley of E-mails Against Parker

Oakland City Attorney Report Lends Support to Barbara Parker’s Campaign

ELECTION '12//OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY | The Oakland City Attorney's Office released a mid-annual report last week showing a significant draw down on costs for outside legal council, lawsuits and claims. The report recites arguments, and lends support to, City Attorney Barbara Parker during her campaign to maintain her incumbency as City Attorney. The report shows … Continue reading Oakland City Attorney Report Lends Support to Barbara Parker’s Campaign

Brunner Accuses Opponent of ‘Pay-To-Play’ Politics; Parker Calls Attack ‘Laughable’

Barbara Parker, Jane BrunnerELECTION '12//OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY | Oakland Councilwoman Jane Brunner recently sent scathing emails to voters attacking City Attorney Barbara Parker and accusing her of accepting campaign donations from attorneys at law firms currently receiving contracts from the City of Oakland. Brunner also accuses her opponent for the city attorney race of "pay-to-play" politics, which Parker denies.In … Continue reading Brunner Accuses Opponent of ‘Pay-To-Play’ Politics; Parker Calls Attack ‘Laughable’

Parker, Brunner Duke It Out For Oakland City Attorney Seat

ELECTION '12//OAKLAND//CITY ATTORNEY | Oakland Councilwoman Jane Brunner lashed out at City Attorney Barbara Parker at a Tuesday night city attorney debate that climaxed over the recent Goldman Sachs controversy where Brunner alleged the city's counsel pushed policy decisions through law in a legal opinion that allegedly stated council’s inability to terminate the rate swap agreement. Parker called … Continue reading Parker, Brunner Duke It Out For Oakland City Attorney Seat

San Leandro City Attorney Left Stancill Reports In The Public Record

SAN LEANDRO'S BADGE OF DISHONOR--PART 2Nov. 3, 2011 | Directly or indirectly, what began as a workplace squabble mushroomed in three years to the biggest change in leadership in San Leandro history. Two police chiefs—gone. The city manager—deposed—and a new mayor taking the oath of office earlier this year. In fact, just one office in … Continue reading San Leandro City Attorney Left Stancill Reports In The Public Record

DeHaan Accuses Alameda Council of Leaking Information; Mayor Points the Finger Back

Sept. 7, 2011 | Another round of political skulduggery erupted in Alameda as Councilman Doug DeHaan vaguely accused his colleagues of leaking confidential information regarding the city's search for a new city attorney, while the mayor accused DeHaan, himself, of being the mole."There continues to be a lack of confidentiality inside of City Hall regarding the identification of applicants for posting positions," … Continue reading DeHaan Accuses Alameda Council of Leaking Information; Mayor Points the Finger Back

Alameda Councilman Searches for Closed Session Leakers

Sept. 6, 2011 | Alameda Councilman Doug DeHaan wants to know who is leaking the names of possible candidates for its city attorney job. The second-term councilman will formally during Tuesday's meeting for help from his colleagues in identifying who is distributing the names of prospective candidates or procedures leading to the leaks."There continues to be a complete … Continue reading Alameda Councilman Searches for Closed Session Leakers

Cassidy Moving To Home of City Attorney’s Boss

SAN LEANDRO MAYOR BUYS $838,000 BAY-O-VISTA HOME OF FOUNDING PARTNER OF MEYERS-NAVE, WHICH REPRESENTS CITYBy Steven Tavaressteven.tavares@eastbaycitizen.comFollow @eastbaycitizen on twitterSteven Meyer's law firmrepresents San LeandroSan Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is moving--not out of town--but into the ranch-style home of the founding partner of the law firm contracted by the city to provide legal services.According to … Continue reading Cassidy Moving To Home of City Attorney’s Boss

Russo to Alameda? The Wild Island Just Got Crazier

REPORTS SAY OAKLAND CITY ATTORNEY IS CHOICE FOR ALAMEDA CITY MANGERBy Steven TavaresWhen it comes to bizarre antics and dastardly political soap operas no city in the East Bay tops Alameda. From deposing its city attorney, city manager and hatchet jobs on councilmembers to gotcha videos of its fire chief siphoning city gasoline for his … Continue reading Russo to Alameda? The Wild Island Just Got Crazier

City Attorney to Starosciak: Don’t Get Involved in Election Squabble

SHE MAY BE ON THE HOOK FOR LEGAL EXPENSES IF SUED BY HERON BAYBy Steven TavaresThe San Leandro City Attorney's office advised Councilwoman Joyce Starosciak to not get involved in Heron Bay's dispute among some residents over the homeowners association's board elections, according to the numerous sources. According to a memo from the city attorney's office, … Continue reading City Attorney to Starosciak: Don’t Get Involved in Election Squabble