Oakland Police Commission, mayor fire police chief without cause

In a stunning development Thursday night, the Oakland Police Commission wielded its power to dismiss a sitting police chief. Police commissioners unanimously voted to fire Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick without cause. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf concurred with their decision. The dismissal comes three years after Kirkpatrick was hired by Schaaf in January 2017. “The … Continue reading Oakland Police Commission, mayor fire police chief without cause

EBC AGENDA: May 18-24 — Kaplan goes on tax measure spree in OAKLAND; ALAMEDA COUNTY spends $24m on CBOs

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is proposing two major tax-generating ballot measures for November during Tuesday's slate of Oakland City Council committee meetings.

Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland Councilmember Annie CampbellWashington doubts the city administrationis serious about reducing overtime hours for its public safety employees.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland's overtime budget for the police and fire departments is bursting at the seams, leading one normally reserved councilmember Tuesday to unleash a litany of strong criticisms against not only each public safety department's leadership, but also … Continue reading Oakland councilmember blasts mayor, police, fire for doing little to limit rising overtime costs

Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick reiterated that she was not previously aware that a raid conducted by federal agents in West Oakland on Aug. 16 involved a potential deportation matter. The raid in West Oakland by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents involved a warrant for human trafficking, but ultimately included the arrest of a … Continue reading Oakland police chief says she didn’t know about deportation before August ICE raid

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

African Americans were pulled over by OPD15,000 times last year, nearly 10,000 morethan the next racial group.OAKLAND CITY COUNCILHalf of the more than 11,000 traffic citations issued by Oakland police officers last year were given to African Americans, the department reported this week. Similarly, 62 percent of all vehicles stopped by Oakland police were driven … Continue reading Large racial disparity for traffic stops in Oakland persist

Report: Schaaf, former Chief Whent mishandled OPD sexual misconduct investigation

Oakland Mayor Libby SchaafOAKLANDA investigation into the handling of the Oakland police sexual misconduct scandal by the department describes a troublesome lax attitude early on toward the allegation and a city administration disinterested in the post-investigation fallout. It was not until the OPD's federal monitor and the Alameda County District Attorney's office intervened in the … Continue reading Report: Schaaf, former Chief Whent mishandled OPD sexual misconduct investigation

Pamela Price, one-time attorney for woman at center of Oakland police scandal, eyes run for Alameda County DA

Civil rights attorney Pamela Price ran in the 201415th Assembly District primary, finishing third.ALAMEDA COUNTYOakland civil rights attorney Pamela Price has filed an intent to challenge Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley in next year's June primary.Price, who at one time, represented Jasmine Abuslin, the woman at the center of the Oakland police scandal, filed … Continue reading Pamela Price, one-time attorney for woman at center of Oakland police scandal, eyes run for Alameda County DA

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Four more years? Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLANDAfter two high-profile scandals involving public safety, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Monday that she is running for a second term. And it appears she plans on running a campaign not on her own record as mayor, but against the target of all Oakland progressives, President Trump.Schaaf announced her … Continue reading Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will seek second term

Federal judge overseeing Oakland police reforms to retire in August

Federal Judge Thelton HendersonOAKLAND | Days after Oakland named its next police chief, Judge Thelton Henderson, who was tasked with pushing the struggling department to comply with more than a decade-long federal consent decree to reform its ranks, said he will retire in August, according toReuters.Henderson, 83, told the news service that he simply doesn’t … Continue reading Federal judge overseeing Oakland police reforms to retire in August

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

MAY>>>A major police scandal breaks in Oakland after a then-underage sex worker says she was involved sexually with numerous Oakland police officers. Officers from other local jurisdictions were also involved with the woman known as “Celeste Guap.” Police Chief Sean Whent resigns and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf seeks to identify the leakers of the scandal. … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 2 – Oakland police scandal erupts, coal shipments banned; June elections brings few surprises

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

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

Alameda County judicial candidate was Facebook friends with woman involved in Oakland police sex scandal

The campaign of Alameda County Superior Court candidate Scott Jackson took a hit Tuesday.ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT | Be careful who you befriend on social media, especially if you're running in a competitive three-person race for Alameda County Superior Court judge.Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Scott Jackson's Facebook page showed he was friends with Celeste Guap, … Continue reading Alameda County judicial candidate was Facebook friends with woman involved in Oakland police sex scandal

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015

JANUARYOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks at herJan. 5 inauguration ceremony. PHOTO/EBAR>>>The new legislative year begins with rounds of swearing-in ceremonies and appointments. Libby Schaaf, fresh off her dominating mayoral win last November in Oakland, is sworn-in. Gov. Jerry Brown, the person many attribute for clinching Schaaf's victory, also takes the oath of office for another … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015