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

AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council likely to approve 12th Street parcel sale

The 12th Street remainder parcel sale will likelybe approved Tuesday night by the City Council.Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, May 5, 2015, 5 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg12TH STREET REMAINDER PARCEL SALE The 24-story luxury tower imagined for Lake Merritt has managed to find itself at the nexus of upset … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council likely to approve 12th Street parcel sale

Oakland committee moves Lake Merritt luxury tower deal for council approval

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen's planto conduct a new appraisal of the parcel was rebuffed by the committee.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The proposed sale of the vacant Lake Merritt property, known as the 12th Street remainder parcel, has frustrated neighbors and stoked fears that the 24-story luxury apartment tower will hasten gentrification. In addition, the $5.1 million … Continue reading Oakland committee moves Lake Merritt luxury tower deal for council approval

EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

JULYHayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takes theoath of office in July.>>>Hayward’s Barbara Halliday is sworn-in as mayor. She will be the first of three female mayors elected in the Greater East Bay in 2014.>>>Eighteen Hayward residents apply to fill the council seat left open by Halliday’s election to mayor, but Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez is selected … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

Council Candidate Tells LGBT Group He’ll Bring Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 6 | Michael Johnson's campaign conceit in Oakland's City Council District 6 race is the 12-year incumbent Desley Brooks has not brought economic vitality to East Oakland. Johnson's jabs at Brooks on the issue have been consistent, maybe too consistent.During an endorsement meeting for the East Bay Stonewall Democratic … Continue reading Council Candidate Tells LGBT Group He’ll Bring Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland

Oakland’s Desley Brooks Facing Tough Re-Election Rhetoric

Councilmember Desley Brooks at a forum lastmonth in Oakland.OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | When Michael Johnson, a little-known challenger to Oakland city Councilmember Desley Brooks, began telling audiences this summer that "District Six is an economic donut hole that exists in Oakland," his comment caught some people's attention not only because of its candor, but … Continue reading Oakland’s Desley Brooks Facing Tough Re-Election Rhetoric

Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

My story in this week’s East Bay Express on the fallout from Oakland’s garbage contract pinching into San Leandro’s general fund to the tune of around $500,000 annually is reverberating through the city administration and council. It may also end up being a major campaign talking point this fall. In addition to the mayor’s race, … Continue reading Oakland Garbage Contract Hangs Over San Leandro Council, Elections

Oakland’s Desley Brooks Needs to Keep an Eye on Challenger Michael Johnson

Michael JohnsonOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 6 | Rarely do you see Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks shrink from a good fight. But, running against three challengers who are all vigorously ringing the bell of change for the downtrodden East Oakland district, Brooks was left scampering for suitable responses during a candidates forum last week.Despite numerous … Continue reading Oakland’s Desley Brooks Needs to Keep an Eye on Challenger Michael Johnson

Campaign Contributions from Oakland Hills Dominate Mayoral, Council Races

Oakland District 4 council candidate JillBroadhurst raised over $64,000 this year.OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL RACES | The real money in Oakland politics exists in District 4. While the current council member from the Oakland Hills district, Libby Schaaf, is running for mayor leads the pack in fundraising, the main candidates to replace her are also the top … Continue reading Campaign Contributions from Oakland Hills Dominate Mayoral, Council Races