Schaaf chooses Emeryville’s Landreth to lead Oakland city government

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland had to only look across its border to find its next city administrator as Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the hiring of Emeryville City Manager Sabrina Landreth late Friday.Landreth is a native of Oakland and Cal graduate. She also served as Oakland's assistant city administrator budget director under former Mayor Jean … Continue reading Schaaf chooses Emeryville’s Landreth to lead Oakland city government

EBC Year-In-Review, Jan-Mar: Primary Races Heat Up; DAC Is Dumped

JANUARYDan Siegel>>>With Bryan Parker, Joe Tuman and Libby Schaaf already in the race, civil right attorney Dan Siegel announces his candidacy for Oakland mayor while pledging to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and end the city’s proposed surveillance hub. The former soon to become a major electoral success for workers in the … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, Jan-Mar: Primary Races Heat Up; DAC Is Dumped

Tuman and Quan Call Each Other Out at Public Safety Debate

Oakland mayoral challenger Joe TumanPHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | “Did you hear the first words out of her mouth?” Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman said incredulously of Mayor Jean Quan. “‘I’m sorry I misspoke.’ How many times have you heard that?”Although, many candidates for mayor voiced specific displeasure with Quan’s first term in office at week’s … Continue reading Tuman and Quan Call Each Other Out at Public Safety Debate

Blackwell’s Departure may be a Tipping Point for Quan’s Re-Election Chances

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan at a Save Oakland Sports event last January. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | ANALYSIS | Last year, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan suffered through an somewhat embarrassing few days when, in a matter of roughly 48 hours, the city saw two police chiefs abruptly resign. The third police chief, Sean Whent, still awaits word whether … Continue reading Blackwell’s Departure may be a Tipping Point for Quan’s Re-Election Chances

Fred Blackwell to be Named Oakland City Administrator

Fred BlackwellOAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | When the Oakland City Council revisits the issue of surveillance Tuesday night, the person sitting in the city administrator’s seat will be Fred Blackwell.Oakland Mayor Jean Quan officially named Blackwell, the assistant to Deanna Santana, who resigned Monday. The move was swift; coming just hours after a report broke … Continue reading Fred Blackwell to be Named Oakland City Administrator

Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns

OAKLAND | Following two unsuccessful attempts at finding employment outside of Oakland, City Administrator Deanna Santana has resigned, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday afternoon.Santana, who was recently a finalist for the same position in both Dallas and Phoenix, offered no details on why she was stepping down, according to the article. On both occasions, … Continue reading Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns

Privacy Groups Urge Oakland City Council to Scrap the DAC

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DAC | Privacy groups are aggressively lobbying members of the Oakland City Council to vote Tuesday night against a resolution approving a $1.6 million contract for the second phase of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). In addition, the groups are calling on the council to halt the entire project funded by … Continue reading Privacy Groups Urge Oakland City Council to Scrap the DAC

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 18, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDTHE DAC IS BACK City staff needed more time to determine whether Schneider Electric is eligible under Oakland's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone ordinance to build the second phase of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 18, 2014

Oakland City Administrator Eyeing Big D

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana is among five finalists to become Dallas’ next city manager, according to The Dallas Morning News.The Dallas City Council announced the finalists Thursday, which also includes its current interim city manager and candidates from Raleigh, N.C. and Cincinnati. Santana is the only woman among the group, which the … Continue reading Oakland City Administrator Eyeing Big D

Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

Oakland City Auditor Courtney RubyOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Within a two-year period, 14 Oakland city managers and staffers received an estimated $23,000 in improper gifts from vendors associated with the city's workers' compensation program, said City Auditor Courtney Ruby in a blistering report released Tuesday. Ruby also reported the city’s worker compensation’s risk division overspent its … Continue reading Oakland Auditor Finds City Staff Received $23,000 In Gifts; Improperly Used Workers’ Comp Fund

Ms. Santana, The Writing Is On The Wall

OAKLAND | Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana never looks happy. If the sheer weight of Oakland’s problems perpetually on her shoulders wasn’t enough, her own job security now seems perilous.Matthew Artz’s article Friday shows the discontent from labor and various other groups in the city has reached Mayor Jean Quan’s office. "Deanna is part of … Continue reading Ms. Santana, The Writing Is On The Wall

Oakland Begins Investigation Of Goldman Sachs For Rate Swap Deal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL//GOLDMAN SACHS | Debarring Goldman Sachs would be huge news. However, Oakland’s bill to prove their culpability is also quite large. Last week, the Oakland City Council approved a $226,000 budget to hire an outside consultant to investigate Goldman Sachs’ controversial rate swap with the city. The 1998 Goldman Sachs deal with the … Continue reading Oakland Begins Investigation Of Goldman Sachs For Rate Swap Deal

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’

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

Oakland Names Its Third Police Chief In The Last 48 Hours

OAKLAND//POLICE SHAKE-UP | Oakland Police Howard Jordan is out. Acting Chief Anthony Toribio is now a captain. So, who’s next? On Friday, Sean Whent became Oakland’s third police chief in just over the last 48 hours. The dizzying turn of events leaves in its wake a major shakeup at the beleaguered and short-staff department more wide-ranging than … Continue reading Oakland Names Its Third Police Chief In The Last 48 Hours