2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

MAY>>>A major police scandal breaks in Oakland after a then-underage sex worker says she was involved sexually with numerous Oakland police officers. Officers from other local jurisdictions were also involved with the woman known as “Celeste Guap.” Police Chief Sean Whent resigns and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf seeks to identify the leakers of the scandal. … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

State Sen. Loni Hancock addressing the AssemblyTransportation Committee on Monday.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |It appears coal won't be traveling through a port terminal in the East Bay for the foreseeable future and state Sen. Loni Hancock hopes legislation prevents others from building new coal terminals if they seek state funding for the project.Hancock's bill, … Continue reading Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

Signage seen in and around Oakland in recent months urging a ban on coal in the city. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |The burning issue of coal in Oakland was snuffed out Monday night. After hours of sometimes rowdy debate, the Oakland City Council voted 7-0 to thwart a plan to ship coal through its port.The proposal was vigorously … Continue reading Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

Bryan Parker’s campaign received large donation from Oakland coal backer

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Bryan Parker at a forum in Castro Valley last month.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |At several public appearances, Alameda County Board of Supervisors candidate Bryan Parker has taken a stance in opposition of the controversial proposal to ship coal through the Oakland Army Base. The sentiment, nevertheless, did not … Continue reading Bryan Parker’s campaign received large donation from Oakland coal backer

Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

Former Oakland Jean Quan and Oakland At-LargeCouncilmember Rebecca Kaplan.OAKLAND | Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has been keeping quite a high profile over the past six months or more.Since losing re-election to Libby Schaaf in November 2014, Quan has been part of the vocal opposition to the proposed plan to ship coal through the city's … Continue reading Quan won’t commit to run for Oakland City Council, but calls Kaplan lazy

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

OAKLAND/Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.Coal update; Schaaf's State of the City Oct. 28COAL’S SLOW BURN The promised Oct. 20 update on the lengthy list of questions and comments posed by residents will likely include something to effect of “We’re working on it.” Recall, nearly 700 speaker cards were turned in for the Sept. 21 special Oakland … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Oct. 19-20

City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

OAKLAND/Sept 21, 4 p.m.Major hearing on coal transport in West OaklandCOAL TRAIN This may be one of the most important Oakland City Council meetings of the year and policy-wise very interesting. Start with the Oakland Army Base restoration which was built in large part with a $252 million state transportation grant. Recall, there was some fear … Continue reading City Hall Insider: agenda notes from around the East Bay, Sept. 21-22

Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Activist before Tuesday's Oakland CityCouncil meeting in support of a resolution against transport of fossil fuels.PHOTO/Steven Tavares OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The Oakland City Council is thinking globally and acting locally. On Tuesday, it passed two resolutions hoping to do the city’s part in fighting back against the transport of fossil fuels through the East Bay and … Continue reading Oakland City Council Not On Board with Fossil Fuels Rolling Through

Port of Oakland Delays Decision That May Clear Howard Terminal for A’s Ballpark

The proposed 38,000-seat ballpark that some hope will be built at Howard Terminal,just north of Jack London Square.PORT OF OAKLAND | HOWARD TERMINAL | Before groups interested in building a new downtown ballpark at the Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal can more forward with their plans, port commissioners need to exhaust the property's potential maritime uses. However, … Continue reading Port of Oakland Delays Decision That May Clear Howard Terminal for A’s Ballpark