Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting the installation of natural gas in new structures. City leaders said the ordinance is fundamental for Oakland to achieve its climate action goals, among them reducing greenhouses by 36 percent below 2005 levels. If Oakland … Continue reading Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Bernie Sanders endorses Rebecca Kaplan

With five days left in the fall election season, Sen. Bernie Sanders is backing Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan in her close fought re-election against the corporate-backed Derreck Johnson. Sanders made the announcement through former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport, according to Kaplan's campaign. “I am just so pleased that my dear friend Bernie Sanders has … Continue reading Bernie Sanders endorses Rebecca Kaplan

Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan wore two pins during a virtual press conference on Monday: One for her re-election campaign and another in opposition to Proposition 22, the statewide ballot measure funded by gig companies, such as Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash. In both campaigns, mega-tech companies are spending astronomical amounts of money to affect the … Continue reading Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Labor unions desperately want to defeat Oakland District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney this November and they have the receipts to show their discontent. An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed the powerful Service Employees International (SEIU) Local 1021, Alameda Labor Council, and other unions, has pumped $343,000 into the District 3 race, through Sept. 19, … Continue reading Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

The Oakland Police Commission extended Interim Chief of Police Susan Manheimer’s contract to Dec. 8. The move comes after the commission was scheduled to provide Mayor Libby Schaaf with a short list of potential candidates by the end of this month. The extension allows the commission a longer timeframe to vet a sizable number of … Continue reading Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

Oakland voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from this November

Six candidates, including incumbent Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, will vie for the Oakland City Council District 3 seat this fall. Five are seeking to replace retiring District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid, and at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan's re-election faces a potentially potent challenger in restaurateur Derreck Johnson. In addition, the beleaguered Oakland school board is in … Continue reading Oakland voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from this November

Challenger sends Rebecca Kaplan a mid-year fundraising wake-up call

Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is one of the city's most well-known politicians, and seemingly one of its more popular. But her re-election campaign received a major wake-up call after one of her challengers, Oakland restaurateur Derreck Johnson, posted strong mid-year campaign fundraising numbers on Friday that greatly outpaced the incumbent Kaplan's effort. Johnson, the … Continue reading Challenger sends Rebecca Kaplan a mid-year fundraising wake-up call

Bas on budget

5 Councilmembers who passed Oakland budget tonight just killed democracy.-Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas tweeting on Tuesday night after the Oakland City Council approved its budget without properly noticing changes made earlier in the day. Bas had sought up to $25 million in cuts to the Oakland Police Department.

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

Appellate court upholds ruling against Oakland’s coal ban

A federal appellate court upheld a previous ruling to invalidate Oakland’s prohibition on coal shipments on Tuesday. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a May 2018 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria that found the city of Oakland insufficiently argued that coal shipments posed a significant harm to the community. … Continue reading Appellate court upholds ruling against Oakland’s coal ban

Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

Sixteen- and seventeen-year olds in Oakland could soon gain the right to vote in school board elections. The Oakland City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday afternoon to place the question on the November ballot. “Allowing young adults to have a vote in elections directly impacting them, helps improve responsiveness of these governmental roles, and … Continue reading Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

Schaaf appoints new city administrator

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is appointing Ed Reiskin to be the city's next city administrator. Reiskin is a current assistant city administrator who previously led the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency. Much of Reiskin's resume is centered in San Francisco government. Prior to his roughly nine years at the held of SFMTA, Reiskin served as … Continue reading Schaaf appoints new city administrator

ALCO advances payments to non-profits; Union says hotel owner is profiteering; Oakland passes moratorium

Coronavirus news briefs from Alameda County and Oakland.

Kaplan: ‘Not everyone has a home to be sheltered’

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COVID-19: Bas proposes eviction moratorium; Oakland council cancels all meetings until April 7

With concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the Oakland City Council began taking steps toward protecting tenants possibly impacted by the pandemic, in addition, to urging the Alameda County Superior Court to place a pause on eviction and defaults. City officials also formally ratified, during a special meeting on Thursday morning, a local health … Continue reading COVID-19: Bas proposes eviction moratorium; Oakland council cancels all meetings until April 7