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

Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.OAKLAND | Is Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf enjoying a free pass from the press that her predecessor Jean Quan never enjoyed? Yes. Example: the press scrum that followed Schaaf on a tour of Oakland schools earlier this month. You know, as if she didn't know the school district was in the dumps?Will … Continue reading Libby Schaaf woke up this morning to the reality of being Oakland mayor

Oakalnd to pay protesters $1.3 million for wrongful arrests at YMCA

Oakland Police Department has shown a great deal of restraint lately when it comes to interactions with various protests on its streets. However, the city is still paying the misdeeds of its near past.From Courthouse News:The 360 Occupy Oakland protesters who claim they were falsely arrested and subjected to unconstitutional jail conditions after a January … Continue reading Oakalnd to pay protesters $1.3 million for wrongful arrests at YMCA

Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Bryan Parker, right, with fellow Oakland mayoral candidate Courtney Ruby at a candidates forum in August, is marking the anniversary of Occupy Oakland, not the movement , but the raid on it three years ago. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Bryan Parker’s campaign is celebrating the three year anniversary this month of the Occupy Oakland … Continue reading Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

Just a minor correction needed. The League of Women Voters' site confused Chris Pareja with Oakland mayoral candidate Jason "Shake" Anderson. The mistake has since been corrected.ELECTION 2014 | Maybe Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski looks a little like the apple-chewing Saturday Night Live character, Mister Peepers, but how do you confuse a Mexican-Filipino American right-winger from … Continue reading Livermore’s Chris Pareja and Oakland’s Shake Anderson: Switched at Birth?

At Forum, Tuman Attacks Quan for Saying Her Youth Jobs Program Lowered Crime

The large field of Oakland mayoral candidates before the start of the #Oakmtg-sponsored forum Aug. 21 at City Hall. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | There were few fireworks during a two and a half hour Oakland mayoral candidates forum last Thursday hosted by the grassroots #Oakmtg Twitter hashtag group and even less new information on … Continue reading At Forum, Tuman Attacks Quan for Saying Her Youth Jobs Program Lowered Crime

Oakland Progressive Dan Siegel to Formally Announce Run for Mayor

Dan SiegelELECTION 2014 | OAKLAND | MAYOR | In a mayoral race lacking a pure progressive candidate, civil rights attorney Dan Siegel will formally announce Thursday his run for Oakland mayor.Siegel will make his announcement near Oakland City Hall Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., he told supporters. He enters a growing field opposing Mayor Jean … Continue reading Oakland Progressive Dan Siegel to Formally Announce Run for Mayor

Quan, The Mayor Who Cracked Down On Occupy Oakland, Praises Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum in 1990.OAKLAND | ANALYSIS | The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela Thursday had a inextricable East Bay link. The U.S. support for his anti-apartheid reforms first ruminated in the Berkeley City Council. Upon release after 27 years of imprisonment in 1990, one of his first international … Continue reading Quan, The Mayor Who Cracked Down On Occupy Oakland, Praises Mandela

One Year In Advance, A Pivotal Moment In Oakland’s Mayoral Race Emerges

Joe Tuman predicted Mayor Quan's demise in a posting on Facebook.OAKLAND//MAYOR 2014 | The Bay Area News Group editorial last week calling for Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to not seek re-election next year raised eyebrows. Some believed it was overwrought with generalities and useless. Why not just vote her out of office next year, some said. Quan's … Continue reading One Year In Advance, A Pivotal Moment In Oakland’s Mayoral Race Emerges

Corporate Media’s Plot To Demonize Striking BART Workers

The ABC owned and operated KGO-TV opened its 11 p.m. newscast last Sunday with anchor Dan Ashley oohing and ahhing and gesticulating over how horrendous Monday morning's commute might be following the breakdown of negotiations between BART and its workers. Turn the volume down and you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between Ashley reporting the … Continue reading Corporate Media’s Plot To Demonize Striking BART Workers

Forthcoming Oscar Grant Film Is Going To Make Local Authorities Uncomfortable

OAKLAND//OSCAR GRANT | First-time Bay Area filmmaker Ryan Coogler is sure going to make locals who ridiculed the slain Oscar Grant for supposedly being a thug who somehow got what he deserved feel quite uncomfortable over the next year.Fruitvale Station, the film detailing the last day of Grant’s life before BART cop Johannes Mehserle fatally shot him … Continue reading Forthcoming Oscar Grant Film Is Going To Make Local Authorities Uncomfortable

UPDATE: Oakland Police Chief Abruptly Resigns Citing Health Problems

OAKLAND POLICE | Oakland Police Chief Howard resigned Wednesday morning citing medical reasons.Jordan was named interim police chief in October 2011 within the thicket of the growing Occupy Oakland movement following the resignation of Anthony Batts, who was sharply critical of city administration's torpid bureaucracy. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan officially named Jordan the permanent chief in … Continue reading UPDATE: Oakland Police Chief Abruptly Resigns Citing Health Problems

Brooks Unloads On—Basically Everyone!—Over First Friday Security Spending

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | What initially appeared to be one of the most mundane Oakland City Council meetings in recent months, turned into a public dress down delivered by Councilmember Desley Brooks. The East Oakland representative questioned City Administrator Deanna Santana’s authorization to use general fund dollars for security services at the First Friday street … Continue reading Brooks Unloads On—Basically Everyone!—Over First Friday Security Spending

Quan Makes Insensitive Remark To Occupy Oakland Protester Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen, right, addresses a community meeting on public safety, Mar. 6, with police consultant Bob Wasserman and Mayor Jean Quan, highlighted, looking on. PHOTO/David Colburn OAKLAND | Scott Olsen, the Occupy Oakland protester and Iraq War veteran, who suffered brain injuries after police shot a beanbag round at his head, says Oakland Mayor Jean told … Continue reading Quan Makes Insensitive Remark To Occupy Oakland Protester Scott Olsen

Reid-Schaaf Proposal To Add More Cops Easily Passes Oakland Council Committee

OAKLAND | A package of three proposals to quickly bulk up the number of police officers on the streets of Oakland breezed though the finance and management committee Tuesday afternoon and will come before the full council in coming weeks.The law enforcement ordinances offered by Councilmembers Libby Schaaf and Larry Reid would quickly add up … Continue reading Reid-Schaaf Proposal To Add More Cops Easily Passes Oakland Council Committee