City Hall Insider: City Council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 1-2

OAKLAND/June 1, 10 a.m.Controversial issues, budget talks continue in OaklandBUDGET NITTY-GRITTY The arduous tasks of listening to budget presentations from each of the city's departments begin during a special meeting of the City Council on Monday morning. The agenda also includes discussion of Councilmember Desley Brooks' proposed new city department on race and equity sure … Continue reading City Hall Insider: City Council agenda notes from around the East Bay, June 1-2

AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Oakland City Council will decide Tuesday whether to accept a $578,000 Homeland Security grant.Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT Any time grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security appears on an Oakland City Council agenda, you can expect privacy advocates have … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland’s Homeland Security grant does not yet include approval for thermal imaging camera

Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo: "Our rightto privacy is being challenged by the tools we carry,"he said, including smartphones.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Since the initial unveiling of a controversial citywide surveillance hub in Oakland in 2013, opponents have long called for a definitive privacy policy to protect citizen’s rights. Although, the scope of the proposal, known … Continue reading Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLAND | Is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf enjoying a free pass from the press that her predecessor Jean Quan never enjoyed? Yes. Example: the press scrum that followed Schaaf on a tour of Oakland schools earlier this month. You know, as if she didn't know the school district was in the dumps?Will … Continue reading Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakland Has Another Dog in the Race

Einstein: by all accounts, the Oakland mayoral race is destined to be vicious.PHOTO/OccupyOaklandOAKLAND | MAYOR | Twenty humans believe they have a shot at unseating Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. Add one canine named Einstein.The political pooch added his name last week to the still growing mayoral field for November ranked choice voting race. Candidates have until Aug. … Continue reading Oakland Has Another Dog in the Race

Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | PRIVACY | Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center is being rolled back to its original purpose as a port-only surveillance project. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan cast the tie-breaking vote early Wednesday morning approving an amendment that considerably limits a plan to integrate surveillance video and other analytics from city streets into the controversial … Continue reading Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Mar. 4, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Mar. 4, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDCouncilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney'sspeech Feb. 18 against the DAC may have turned the tide against its citywide use.DAC IS BACK YET AGAIN Oakland city staff is recommending the City Council award a $1.6 million … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Mar. 4, 2014

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

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 4, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDWHAT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA You will be hard pressed to find an Oakland City Council meeting this year less eventful than this one. In fact, the most contention issue Tuesday night will … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 4, 2014

Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone Law Proving Troublesome for Future of DAC

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | PRIVACY | Oakland’s Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Ordinance is adding quite a bit of snowy static for future of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The City Council’s Public Safety Committee moved forward a recommendation to select a new vendor for the second phase of the controversial surveillance center late Tuesday night, … Continue reading Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone Law Proving Troublesome for Future of DAC

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Jan. 28, 2014

Oakland City Council Committee Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Jan. 28, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEEDAC RETURNS In a committee item likely to attract a great deal of attention from Oakland’s vocal privacy activists, the public safety committee will look to pass to the full council a $1.6 million professional service contract to … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Jan. 28, 2014

Oakland Mayoral Candidate calls for $15 Minimum Wage; End of Surveillance Hub

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel announces his run for mayor Thursday morning at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. PHOTO/Steven TavaresELECTION 2014| OAKLAND | MAYOR | Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel laid out a distinctively progressive platform as he formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Oakland. Standing at the mouth of what was once main entrance … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidate calls for $15 Minimum Wage; End of Surveillance Hub

Final Word On 2013: Too Many East Bay Politicians Failed Us

2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | Boy, was it a boring night. After hundreds of meetings over the past few years, the Bay Area's housing and transportation leaders were poised to approve Plan Bay Area, a far-reaching 30-year plan that would prepare the region for likely changes in where its residents live and how they live in an … Continue reading Final Word On 2013: Too Many East Bay Politicians Failed Us

2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Political News Stories

Replica of a drone sought by the Alameda County Sheriff in Feb. PHOTO/Shane Bond1. Public privacy under siege>>> The potent issue of government infringement on public privacy through technology was barely on the national radar a year ago and non-existent in the Bay Area. Public officials in Oakland did not see it coming and when the citywide … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 East Bay Political News Stories