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

Noel Gallo pledges council district funds to support citizen-led lawsuit against Raiders

Godfather Griz, representing Forever Oakland,addresses the Coliseum JPA Friday morningat Oracle Arena in Oakland.OAKLAND COLISEUM JPAWhile some Coliseum Joint Powers Authority commissioners appeared less than enthused about a fan base seemingly grasping again at a long-gone straw to keep the Raiders in the East Bay via a lawsuit, Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo says he will … Continue reading Noel Gallo pledges council district funds to support citizen-led lawsuit against Raiders

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a resolution offering the city's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that was rescinded Tuesday by the Trump administration.The executive order issued under President Barack Obama in 2012 allows undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to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

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

Oakland public bank feasibility study moves forward

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland officials are putting a down payment on the possible creation of a public bank. The Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee approved the allocation Tuesday of $100,000 to study the feasibility of the potentially landmark public bank in Oakland, or possibly regionally.The proposed public bank would give Oakland residents in underserved … Continue reading Oakland public bank feasibility study moves forward

Fan groups enlist well-known sports litigator to potentially sue Raiders, NFL over relocation

OAKLANDA grassroots collection of Raiders fan groups believe they have a legal grounds for keeping the NFL franchise in Oakland, and the investor group headed by football great Ronnie Lott still believes a football stadium can be built in Oakland, according to the attorney hired by local fan groups. But, whether it’s the Raiders playing … Continue reading Fan groups enlist well-known sports litigator to potentially sue Raiders, NFL over relocation

Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThe momentum for Oakland becoming only the second public bank in the entire country was slowed Tuesday when an Oakland City Council committee declined to support a feasibility study worth $100,000.A majority of the Finance and Management Committee strongly questioned whether the proposal recommended by city staff was sufficient to conduct a thorough … Continue reading Oakland public bank study postponed as questions arise over $100,000 proposal

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

Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

Nancy Skinner (left) received more than $11,000from local police unions during a four-day periodlast month, in her race against Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |ELECTION 2016 |In the months that followed a wide-ranging East Bay police misconduct scandal involving an under-aged sex worker, police unions in Oakland and Richmond showered state Senate candidate Nancy … Continue reading Nancy Skinner received contributions from Oakland, Richmond police unions

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

Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

Signage seen in and around Oakland in recent months urging a ban on coal in the city. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |The burning issue of coal in Oakland was snuffed out Monday night. After hours of sometimes rowdy debate, the Oakland City Council voted 7-0 to thwart a plan to ship coal through its port.The proposal was vigorously … Continue reading Breathe easy: Oakland bans coal shipments; but legal action threatened

EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

142 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |Republican East Bay Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted against the state’s $122.5 billion budget package this week.However, there were some parts of the budget Baker supported, such as setting aside $2 billion for the state’s rainy day fund. Baker, though, criticized increased spending and additional funding for high-speed rail, a project … Continue reading EBCampaign: BAKER critical of health care funding for the undocumented—FARMWORKERS raise pitchforks against QUIRK—ALAMEDA’s Disaster-In-Chief

Amid growing sex scandal, Oakland police oversight measure moves forward

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen voted againstmoving the police oversight measure to the fullcouncil but later urged for a equitable compromise.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | In the wake of a sweeping police misconduct and sex scandal, a ballot measure that would create an independent citizen police oversight commission is headed to the Oakland City Council for discussion … Continue reading Amid growing sex scandal, Oakland police oversight measure moves forward

Oakland’s commitment to not using public money for a new football stadium

View of O.co Coliseum from the parking lot.OAKLAND | Under the NFL’s bylaws, franchises that want to relocate to another city must first allow fans to have their voices heard. The practice of the NFL, however, when it comes to building costly stadiums, is to leverage fans’ fears about a team leaving to pressure municipalities … Continue reading Oakland’s commitment to not using public money for a new football stadium

Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year

After initial reservations, Oakland CouncilmemberNoel Gallo says he's now in it to win it in 2016.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | 2016 | One of the oddest pieces of political chatter over the past few months in Oakland went like this: Councilmember Noel Gallo was planning to quit after just one term in office. The rumor, no … Continue reading Oakland’s Noel Gallo was thinking about quitting his council seat next year