Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Oakland City Council candidate Loren TaylorOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Now that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has thrown down the gauntlet against Councilmember Desley Brooks, she's ready to back one of the candidates seeking to unseat the District 6 councilmember this November.The upstart campaign of Oakland non-profit leader Loren Taylor received Schaaf's endorsement Thursday. Taylor's campaign for … Continue reading Libby Schaaf is ‘all in’ for Loren Taylor, candidate hoping to unseat Desley Brooks

Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

Going back to their days together on theOakland City Council, there has never beenmuch love lost between Desley Brooks andLibby Schaaf.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILTwo years ago, Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks railed against Mayor Libby Schaaf's apparent bureaucratic error that potentially risked the loss of $2 million in grants for job training programs primarily accessed by minorities. … Continue reading Libby Schaaf declares war on Desley Brooks

EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

THE WEEK OF APRIL 6-12 --OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, April 10, starts at 9:30 a.m. ➤Community & Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--CYPRESS MANDELA TRAINING CENTER-- Councilmember Desley Brooks' controversial proposal to use funding derived from some voter-approved ballot measures to fund job training programs across Oakland headlines Tuesday's slate of committee hearings. Brooks … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | APRIL 6-12 | Controversial OAKLAND job training proposal returns; A’s meet with Port; FREMONT rent review will cost $24/unit

Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILAn opinion by the Oakland City Attorney's office that a voter-approved independent police commission did not have authority, under the City Charter, to hire or fire an inspector general for police investigations, roiled advocates of police transparency Tuesday night in the Oakland City Council chambersOakland voters overwhelmingly supported Measure LL in November 2016, … Continue reading Oakland police commission enabling ordinance moves along, despite city attorney’s opinion

Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was the subjectrecently of at least three profiles publishedby national publications.OAKLANDIn 2014, the New York Times proclaimed Oakland as "Brooklyn by the Bay." Former Mayor Jean Quan loved the New York Times' portrayal of the city as a burgeoning mecca for foodies so much that she seemingly couldn't go a single … Continue reading Libby Schaaf: ‘Bay Area liberal standard-bearer’?

Sensing Desley Brooks is vulnerable, opponents join race to stop her re-election

Eyes on Oakland's District 6: NatashaMiddleton and Loren Taylor.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks' actions have made her appear vulnerable at election time before, especially in 2014, after she was accused of illegal political interference and was nearly censured by the Oakland City Council. Brooks rebounded and topped a field of four challengers that … Continue reading Sensing Desley Brooks is vulnerable, opponents join race to stop her re-election

Fighting potential loss of committee chair, Desley Brooks unloads on her Oakland City Council colleagues

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brookseviscerated her council colleagues duringTuesday night's meeting.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILEven when Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks knocks down an iconic former Black Panther and potentially costs taxpayers $4.3 million in damages, she still won't back down.Brooks unleashed a vicious barrage of abuse against five Oakland councilmembers Tuesday night as a proposal that appeared intended … Continue reading Fighting potential loss of committee chair, Desley Brooks unloads on her Oakland City Council colleagues

Is Oakland’s Larry Reid being targeted by the Feds? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time

In 2007, it was alleged Oakland Council-member Larry Reid asked for a new air-conditioning unit in exchange for favorsin Oakland for a contractor. OAKLAND CITY COUNCILWhy did Larry Reid disclose last week that a prospective Oakland cannabis dispensary applicant attempted to bribe him in exchange for help in gaining a lucrative permit when he had a … Continue reading Is Oakland’s Larry Reid being targeted by the Feds? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time

Desley Brooks is naughty, jury finds; awards $3.5m to Black Panther icon for injuries

Oakland Councilmember Desley BrooksOAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmember Desley Brooks is one of the most notoriously feared elected officials in the East Bay. Her reputation, though, is growing at the expense of Oakland taxpayers after an Alameda County Superior Court jury Thursday found Brooks assaulted former Black Panther icon Elaine Brown at a well-known downtown restaurant … Continue reading Desley Brooks is naughty, jury finds; awards $3.5m to Black Panther icon for injuries

Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick reiterated that she was not previously aware that a raid conducted by federal agents in West Oakland on Aug. 16 involved a potential deportation matter. The raid in West Oakland by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents involved a warrant for human trafficking, but ultimately included the arrest of a … Continue reading Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

African Americans were pulled over by OPD15,000 times last year, nearly 10,000 morethan the next racial group.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILHalf of the more than 11,000 traffic citations issued by Oakland police officers last year were given to African Americans, the department reported this week. Similarly, 62 percent of all vehicles stopped by Oakland police were driven … Continue reading Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLater this month, three Oakland councilmembers will introduce a resolution offering the city's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. before 2007 an … Continue reading Brooks, Kaplan, Gallo to offer Oakland council resolution supporting restoration of DACA

With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's motionallowed the city approve its two-year budgetjust under the wire before a Friday deadline.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILFor a budget battle in Oakland that resulted earlier in the week with an abrupt adjournment in response to civil disobedience, it didn’t take much to inflame what became another wild night inside the council’s chambers. … Continue reading With patience and time running out, Oakland finds a way to approve $2.5bn two-year budget

Oakland City Council had little interest in questioning Elaine Brown’s non-profit, except her top rival Desley Brooks

Elaine Brown, Alameda County SupervisorKeith Carson and Oakland CouncilmemberDesley Brooks in an undated photo.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILApparently, Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks and former Black Panther and Oakland activist Elaine Brown have no limits on being in the same room. On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council approved a land disposition agreement for the property at Seventh and … Continue reading Oakland City Council had little interest in questioning Elaine Brown’s non-profit, except her top rival Desley Brooks