Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

A proposal Tuesday night would have allowedinstallation of fixed-mounted license-plate readersnear Alameda bridges and other exit points.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILA controversial proposal to install 13 Automated License-Plate Readers (ALPRs) mounted at fixed points around Alameda's bridges and exit points may have had a slight majority Tuesday night if not for recent news reports that detailed the … Continue reading Alameda delays decision for more license-plate readers after disclosure of vendor’s ties to ICE

Crime is up, raise the bridges! A classic Alameda trope returns with a high-tech spin

Alameda's Park Street drawbridge.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--PUBLIC COMMENT--Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri says the city is in the midst of a dramatic 30-year drop in crime. However, on Tuesday night he will ask the Alameda City Council to approve the purchase of 13 Automated License-Place Readers (ALPR) to be mounted along the entrance and exit points … Continue reading Crime is up, raise the bridges! A classic Alameda trope returns with a high-tech spin

EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2-8.--ALAMEDA COUNTY-- Regular council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--BALLOT MEASURE FOR CHILDREN-- The Board of Supervisor will approve placement on the June ballot of a countywide half-cent sales tax measure to fund child care and early childhood development programs. If approved by voters with a two-thirds majority, the half-cent sales … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | FEB 2-8 | ALAMEDA COUNTY 1/2-cent sales tax measure for child care coming this June; ALAMEDA PD wants 13 license-plate readers

San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter following herstate of the city address Monday.SAN LEANDRO | It could be argued that San Leandro, Oakland's often overlooked neighbor to the south, is in the midst of prosperity and excitement not seen in generations. At least, San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter made the argument Monday evening during her State … Continue reading San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

During her first year in office, Libby Schaaf flipped the script in Oakland

Mayor Libby Schaaf's biggest first-yearaccomplishment was her ability to flipthe script in Oakland.OAKLAND | Perhaps no event had more potential to derail Libby Schaaf’s young mayoral administration than the May 1 mayhem in which protesters swarmed Oakland Auto Row, breaking windows and setting cars ablaze.The police response was torpid. Police Chief Sean Whent later conceded that … Continue reading During her first year in office, Libby Schaaf flipped the script in Oakland

Schaaf highlights crime reduction, fixing housing crunch in first state of the city

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her first state of the city Wednesday night at the City Council chambers.OAKLAND | STATE OF THE CITY | Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf entered the City Council chambers for her first State of the City address Wednesday evening with a drum line beat blaring behind. The first-term mayor’s flair for … Continue reading Schaaf highlights crime reduction, fixing housing crunch in first state of the city

Nancy O’Malley’s crime magnet, AKA Alameda’s In-N-Out Burger, is set to open

Rep. Mike Honda, right, and activist groups are tryingto put a scare into Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley.PHOTO/ALCO DA Office.ALAMEDA COUNTY | During an Alameda Planning Board meeting in July 2013, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley warned the proposed In-N-Out Burger near the Webster Tube in Alameda would not only attract burger lovers, but criminals from … Continue reading Nancy O’Malley’s crime magnet, AKA Alameda’s In-N-Out Burger, is set to open

Noel Gallo’s safety walks hope to highlight, limit crime on International Blvd

Residents walking the Fruitvale businesscorridor last December led by CouncilmanNoel Gallo.OAKLAND | On a rainy Friday night in December, Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo addresses about 40 residents as they prepared to walk International Boulevard and promote public safety.”Don’t worry about the rain; it won’t hurt you,” Gallo tells the crowd.”It might even wash away your … Continue reading Noel Gallo’s safety walks hope to highlight, limit crime on International Blvd

During safety walk to highlight prostitution on International Blvd; Quan mistakenly hops into a stranger’s car

Volunteers walk the streets on International Boulevard in Oakland, Dec. 5, to highlight public safety.Mayor Jean Quan's difficulties with personaltransportation continued Friday night.OAKLAND | Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo couldn’t help cracking wise.During a neighborhood safety walk he led last Friday evening on International Boulevard--also attended by Mayor Jean Quan--to highlight and deter criminal activity in … Continue reading During safety walk to highlight prostitution on International Blvd; Quan mistakenly hops into a stranger’s car

OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan with A's co-owner Lew Wolff last summer.MEET THE CANDIDATES This time four years ago, Jean Quan was viewed as the underdog to Don Perata. She erased a nine-point margin after the first round of the ranked choice voting race to upend the former State Senate pro tem. Mayor Quan … Continue reading OAKLAND MAYOR PREVIEW: A Winner By A Nose

Oakland’s Desley Brooks Facing Tough Re-Election Rhetoric

Councilmember Desley Brooks at a forum lastmonth in Oakland.OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | When Michael Johnson, a little-known challenger to Oakland city Councilmember Desley Brooks, began telling audiences this summer that "District Six is an economic donut hole that exists in Oakland," his comment caught some people's attention not only because of its candor, but … Continue reading Oakland’s Desley Brooks Facing Tough Re-Election Rhetoric

OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

By Elmano GonsalvesSan Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip JohnsonOAKLAND | OPINION | Chip Johnson, it seems that your on-going vendetta against Jean Quan and the city of Oakland continues unabated. The San Francisco-centric and slanted media goes after Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as if she were Kim Kardashian. Quan makes news when she gets a parking … Continue reading OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

A Shipping crane near Jack London Square in OaklandOAKLAND | MEDIA | Crime is down dramatically in Oakland this year, and yet you'd never know it by reading the daily newspapers or watching TV news. Moreover, news reports often portray shootings and homicides as being citywide issues in Oakland, and not problems localized to certain sections of … Continue reading A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

STATE SENATE | PUBLIC SAFETY | The push for smartphone kill-switches got a reprieve Thursday when the State Senate passed a bill mandating the inclusion of the disabling software on all cell phones sold in California. The same bill, authored by San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno, was narrowly defeated two weeks ago, but now heads … Continue reading Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

Schaaf, Councilwoman or Mayoral Candidate, Sends Messages to Quan

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Last week, Libby Schaaf stung Quan, both as mayoral candidate and member of the Oakland City Council in a pair of correspondence. However, while one letter sent by Schaaf to the mayor sent a message containing the strategy she hopes leads to Quan's ouster this fall, a separate, but similar newsletter … Continue reading Schaaf, Councilwoman or Mayoral Candidate, Sends Messages to Quan