Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

The big money continues to flow into Oakland’s elections this fall. Ride-hailing tech companies are spending $100,000 to defeat Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and East Bay labor unions have poured $343,000 into the race to unseat Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, as of the Sept. 19 campaign finance filing period.  Now, real estate interests are hoping to take … Continue reading Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

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

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

Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThose involved in Oakland's notorious police misconduct scandal that included the alleged sexual abuse of a then-underage girl have either been fired, suspended, or charged with serious crimes. Now, it's the city's turn to pay for one of Oakland's darkest moments.During a lengthy meeting that concluded just before 2 a.m, Wednesday morning, the Oakland … Continue reading Oakland settles notorious police misconduct lawsuit for $1 million

Oakland city attorney files amicus brief opposing Trump’s sanctuary city executive order

OAKLANDOakland is joining 33 other cities nationwide in aiding Santa Clara County’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order that threatens sanctuary cities and counties with the loss of federal funding.The lawsuit filed on Feb. 3 seeks an injunction against the executive order. Oakland has long declared itself a sanctuary city and reaffirmed its status last … Continue reading Oakland city attorney files amicus brief opposing Trump’s sanctuary city executive order

Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is the city's representative on MTC.MTC-ABAG | The proposed merger of two influential regional  agencies has been likened by some as a hostile takeover. The quickly drawn up merger by Steve Heminger, the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to pull 15 or more union planners from the nine-county planning agency known … Continue reading Oakland City Council opposed MTC-ABAG ‘hostile takover’ because Schaaf would have voted for it, says Kaplan

Oakland sues Wells Fargo for damages from discriminatory lending practices

Oakland City Attorney Barbara ParkerPHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND | The city of Oakland has filed a federal lawsuit against financial institution Wells Fargo alleging its lending practices were predatory and discriminatory. The lawsuit filed by Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker Tuesday alleges Well Fargo targeted African American and Hispanic borrowers in Oakland for high risk loans even … Continue reading Oakland sues Wells Fargo for damages from discriminatory lending practices

Oakland pays driver $15,000 in Jean Quan car accident

Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | In closed session Tuesday, the Oakland City Council voted to pay $15,000 to the driver involved in an automobile collision with former Mayor Jean Quan for injuries and lost wages.The accident occurred at an intersection in West Oakland in June 2014 and instantly become a major story … Continue reading Oakland pays driver $15,000 in Jean Quan car accident

Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

Oakland's East 12th Street remainder parcelis back on the market. City Council now agrees the sale was illegalOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Chalk another one for Oakland’s populist movement. The controversial East 12th Street remainder sale approved by the Oakland City Council last month “quietly” passed into the darkness this week.In closed session Tuesday, the City Council … Continue reading Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

Oakland City Attorney Barbara ParkerPHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND | An investigation precipitated by the controversial reinstatement last year of an Oakland police officer disciplined at an Occupy Oakland protest in 2011, found the city attorney’s office typically handled arbitration hearings “haphazardly” and waited until the last minute to prepare for hearings or even assign cases.The investigation lead … Continue reading Oakland city attorney ‘haphazardly’ prepared cases against disciplined cops

UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside

John Russo begins his new job as Riversidecity manager in May.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda City Manager John Russo is leaving his post on the Island for the same position in Riverside, according to a local report Thursday afternoon. Russo, who also served on the Oakland City Council and eleven years as Oakland’s city attorney, … Continue reading UPDATE: John Russo says arrivederci to Alameda; takes new job in Riverside