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: Part II: April-June: Richmond’s Ellis loses Dem chair race

2017 YEAR IN EAST BAY POLITICSHeading into the spring, most a number of East Bay cities had already moved toward declaring sanctuary city status. Some began contemplating the next step: urging Congress to impeach Trump. But issues closer to home dominated the conversation. In Oakland, the mayor and police department was still dealing with the … Continue reading 2017 Year in East Bay Politics: Part II: April-June: Richmond’s Ellis loses Dem chair race

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

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

Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan rolledto victory Tuesday night.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Although, there were late murmurs asserting a few Oakland City Council incumbents might face difficulty on Election Night, all five were swept to re-election Tuesday night, including a dominating win by at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Similarly, the quartet of school board incumbents were … Continue reading Oakland council, school board incumbents win easily; Kaplan dominates

McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks called hercollegaues on the rules committee "spinles wonders."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |Despite a round of aspersions against the Oakland City Council cast by Councilmember Desley Brooks and members of the public Thursday morning, potential censure proceedings for Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney will not occur until after a further investigation into her … Continue reading McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyis becoming her own worst nightmare for re-election.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A much-anticipated fundraiser for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee was held Tuesday night at the Oakland Marriott--just a few blocks from a session of the Oakland City Council. For Oakland Council President Lynette … Continue reading BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

42 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Fremont's City Hall chambers--not really much of a hall, really, nor a chambers--was packed Friday night to hear from mayoral candidates Mayor Bill Harrison and Vice Mayor Lily Mei. Growth, whether smart, dumb, or ravenous, is definitely on the minds of Fremonters this November. When Harrison, a first-term mayor, said … Continue reading EBCampaign: Did FREMONT’S MAYOR get left hanging? ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMS slam grand jury for racial bias

McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney isavoids a potentially bruising re-election afterjust a single challenger qualified for November.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | ELECTION 2016 |And then there was one. Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney appeared to most observers to be the councilmember with the most troubling re-election prospects. Which is to mean, she was viewed only the … Continue reading McElhaney’s purge and the dud of an election season coming to Oakland

EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

94 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |As the dynamics of the presidential election begin to take hold, it's becoming increasingly clear that East Bay Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's fate will rest with The Donald. The 16th Assembly District only slightly favors Democrats and includes a clear majority of Republicans and independents. And even though Baker reported … Continue reading EBCampaign: Baker is tied to the Trump Train; Council candidates line up in Oakland, Alameda

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

JULYHayward city workers finally get a new contract.>>>With its political implications to be determined in the 2016 city council election next year, the City of Hayward and more than 300 city employees finally agree to a new contract. The acrimonious two-year labor standoff that included a wage imposition results in employees receiving a 4.5 percent … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The number of Ellis Act evictions in Oakland has more than doubled in the past six months, according to the city’s rent adjustment program manager. And without greater compensation awarded to tenants to relocate to another apartment in Oakland, renters may not be able to afford to remain in the city.Last … Continue reading Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff

Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Jean Quan, right, as a council member in 2011at a protest for Oscar Grant. Insiders says she'sthinking about a return to the council in 2016.OAKLAND | 2016 | Granted, it's early. But Oakland's 2016 election season is quietly taking shape and surprisingly loaded with intrigue, including the possible return of ex-Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to … Continue reading Jean Quan is thinking about a comeback

Uber’s Head of People and Places can’t pronounce names of Oakland officials

Renee Atwood, Uber's global head of people and placesOAKLAND | Uber is coming to Oakland. The ride-hailing company will move into the vacant Sears Building on Nineteenth Street and Broadway in 2017, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Wednesday. Or, is her named pronounced “Schoff”?Schaaf trumpeted news of one of the most talked about tech companies … Continue reading Uber’s Head of People and Places can’t pronounce names of Oakland officials

Assembly passes bullhook ban similar to Oakland ordinance passed last year

The bullhooks will be gone from circus inCalifornia starting in 2018.ASSEMBLY | It appears the Oakland City Council is a trend-setter, at least, when it comes to eliminating the gruesome use of the bullhook to control circus elephants.The State Assembly Thursday approved a bill that would ban circuses performing in California from using bullhooks, a … Continue reading Assembly passes bullhook ban similar to Oakland ordinance passed last year