‘If you want to play, you have to pay’: Larry Reid’s son found guilty of corruption

Taj Reid, the 47-year-old son of Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, was found guilty Thursday of rigging state construction contracts and accepting bribes, the East Bay Express reported. The three counts could result in a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. Councilmember Reid had no involvement with his … Continue reading ‘If you want to play, you have to pay’: Larry Reid’s son found guilty of corruption

A’s letter: Coliseum or bust!

OAKLAND COLISEUMA report Monday that the Oakland Athletics are interested in buying the Coliseum complex, but the letter sent by Athletics management to city and county officials more notably hints the team views the long-standing stadium issues as the Coliseum or bust.The Laney College site is long gone after the team seriously fumbled the negotiation process … Continue reading A’s letter: Coliseum or bust!

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

2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Sports franchises and elected officials strike out

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSThe Oakland Raiders are gone for Las Vegas. But, wait, they're still in town for another 2-3 years? So you're saying there's a chance? Probably not, but with the Warriors' new arena in San Francisco beginning to rise, the focus toward the last half of 2017 was on the Athletics, … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Sports franchises and elected officials strike out

Alameda County supervisors begin talks Tuesday to sell its half of Coliseum to Oakland

ALAMEDA COUNTYAlameda County officials are moving quickly toward a potential sale of its portion of the Coliseum complex to the City of Oakland.Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi will recommend at next Tuesday morning's Board of Supervisors meeting that the county move to "expand discussions and negotiations" with Oakland city officials over not just the Coliseum … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors begin talks Tuesday to sell its half of Coliseum to Oakland

Alameda County rekindles idea of selling its share of Coliseum property to Oakland

Oakland Councilmember Lynette GibsonMcElhaney, center, speaking at Thursday'sColiseum JPA meeting at Oracle Arena.COLISEUM JPAOakland and Alameda County representatives on the Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority showed keen interest Thursday for revisiting the idea of the county selling its interests in the stadium complex to the city.In the midst of running negotiations in recent years with … Continue reading Alameda County rekindles idea of selling its share of Coliseum property to Oakland

Coliseum JPA officials question whether A’s interest in Peralta site is a ‘bait-and-switch’

COLISEUM JPAWhen it comes to the Oakland Athletics' plan for building a new ballpark near Laney College, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said he just wanted to put out in public what some have recently speculated about in private."I'm just hoping the A's don't do a bait-and-switch," Miley said during a retreat Thursday morning for … Continue reading Coliseum JPA officials question whether A’s interest in Peralta site is a ‘bait-and-switch’

Oakland plan to restrict speculators at proposed A’s ballpark is held in committee

A's management announced an intention tobuild a new ballpark in the above area nearLaney College in OAKLAND CITY COUNCILLegislation that would have placed short-term controls aimed at hindering speculative real estate moves in and around the proposed A's ballpark near Laney College was put on hold Tuesday by the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development … Continue reading Oakland plan to restrict speculators at proposed A’s ballpark is held in committee

Coliseum JPA says it will not participate in fan-backed proposed lawsuit against Raiders

COLISEUM JPAA fan-generated proposal to sue the Raiders and the National Football League over the team's move to Las Vegas took a significant hit Friday after Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority declined to participate in the lawsuit.The plan took a hit after Oakland officials on the governing Coliseum JPA board said the city would not expend … Continue reading Coliseum JPA says it will not participate in fan-backed proposed lawsuit against Raiders

Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

Oakland City Council President Larry Reidsays he quit smoking in April after more than 50 years.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL"I started smoking when I was 15-years-old," Oakland City Council President Larry Reid said late Tuesday night before the council approved a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, and menthol cigarettes."I'm 66-years-old. I stopped … Continue reading Oakland bans sale of flavored tobacco and vaping liquids, along with menthol cigarettes

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

Following emotional hearing, Oakland City Council approves Dept. of Violence Prevention

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILIt was one of the most somber Oakland City Council meetings in recent memory. Dozens of public speakers detailed the anguish following the loss of loved ones to gun violence in Oakland. And, later, after Council President Larry Reid's daughter provided her own tragic testimony, he struggled to fight back tears before the … Continue reading Following emotional hearing, Oakland City Council approves Dept. of Violence Prevention

Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's consistently high levels of violent crime need a noticeable jolt of improvement, said Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney Tuesday after proposing the creation of a new city Department of Violence Prevention.Oakland Council President Larry Reid is also a sponsor of the ordinance that began its path through the city government Tuesday at … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers propose to reduce violent crime with new city department

McElhaney, Reid propose Oakland city department to curb violence

Oakland Councilmember Lynette GibsonMcElhaney and Larry Reid, below, want tocreate a city department to stop homicides.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILWhile gun violence continues to be a perennial problem in Oakland, two councilmembers believe one solution is to create a city department dedicated to violence prevention and services for those affected by violent crime.Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney … Continue reading McElhaney, Reid propose Oakland city department to curb violence