Oakland City Council Amends Campaign Law; Makes No Mention of Kaplan

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | There are limits to how much a candidate for office in Oakland can accept from an individual donor. It’s why the most common dollar amount on campaign finance reports is $700. However, until a loophole was closed by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night, candidates opening committees to support city … Continue reading Oakland City Council Amends Campaign Law; Makes No Mention of Kaplan

Kernighan Endorses Guillen to Replace her on the Oakland City Council

Abel GuillenOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | Abel Guillen is in a tough race in Oakland’s District 2. But, this week he gained the support of the current occupant, Council President Pat Kernighan.“Abel Guillen is the right person to tackle the challenges we face in Oakland,” Kernighan said in a statement. “I enthusiastically support … Continue reading Kernighan Endorses Guillen to Replace her on the Oakland City Council

The Wild and the Wacky from Tuesday’s Oakland City Council Meeting

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Just over an hour into Tuesday night's Oakland City Council meeting, a man jumped on the desk and, at one point, attempted to leap onto the council dais. "Okie-dokie," Council President Pat Kernighan calmly said as the man scaled the half-circle dais.The San Francisco Chronicle reported 20-year-old Dante Cano was arrested … Continue reading The Wild and the Wacky from Tuesday’s Oakland City Council Meeting

Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance Stalls, Boosting Chances of Ballot Initiative

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | An Oakland ordinance that would have gradually increased the citywide minimum wage over the next three years failed Tuesday night while bolstering the likelihood a more liberal ballot measure hoping to raise it to $12.25 will succeed this November.The ordinance, offered by Council President Pat Kernighan, was similar to a proposal … Continue reading Oakland Minimum Wage Ordinance Stalls, Boosting Chances of Ballot Initiative

A’s Lease Deal Approved by Oakland City Council with Minor Changes

Following approval by the Coliseum JPA,Oakland City Council, the Alameda CountyBoard of Supervisors meet July 29 for a vote.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | COLISEUM | The A’s Coliseum lease extension is rounding third and heading for home Wednesday after the Oakland City Council voted to approve the 10-year deal, but there may still be some obstacles … Continue reading A’s Lease Deal Approved by Oakland City Council with Minor Changes

Oakland Moves to Stuff the Ballot with Important Referendums

Oakland voters might be asked to decidebetween two competing measures toraise the minimum wage. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Three ballot initiatives were approved by the Oakland City Council Tuesday, one of which will ask voters to renew a controversial $98 annual parcel tax to fund additional public safety programs. Oakland voters will also be asked to … Continue reading Oakland Moves to Stuff the Ballot with Important Referendums

Oakland Councilman’s $10.20 Minimum Wage Ordinance Held in Committee

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | An Oakland City Council ordinance that would enact a citywide minimum wage of $10.20 was held in committee Tuesday while staff continues to study the issue. Meanwhile, a potential local initiative for the November ballot to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 per hour continues to gain steam. The proposed ordinance … Continue reading Oakland Councilman’s $10.20 Minimum Wage Ordinance Held in Committee

Abel Guillen puts on his Running Shoes; Declares Run for Oakland District 2 Race

Abel Guillen, left, during a candidate's forum in 2012. Guillen announced Wednesday he's running for the Oakland City Council and with the endorsement of his former opponent Rob Bonta, right. PHOTO/Shane BondOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | Abel Guillen announced on Facebook today that he’s running for the open District 2 seat on the … Continue reading Abel Guillen puts on his Running Shoes; Declares Run for Oakland District 2 Race

Larry Reid Loves Life, says He’ll Pay to Put Phrase on Oakland Welcome Signs

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Dwain Butler appeared before the Oakland City Council Rules Committee Thursday morning with an idea to add the phrase “lovelife” to the city’s welcome signs. Although council members generally supported the sentiment of the charming request, the slow-moving wheels of government bureaucracy nearly swallowed it up before Councilmember Larry Reid intervened.Wearing … Continue reading Larry Reid Loves Life, says He’ll Pay to Put Phrase on Oakland Welcome Signs

Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | PRIVACY | Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center is being rolled back to its original purpose as a port-only surveillance project. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan cast the tie-breaking vote early Wednesday morning approving an amendment that considerably limits a plan to integrate surveillance video and other analytics from city streets into the controversial … Continue reading Oakland’s Surveillance Center Pushed Back to the Sea (Well, the Port, at least)

Guillen Showing Strong Interest in Oakland’s District 2 Seat

Abel GuillenELECTION 2014 | OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen may add his name to the list of candidates considering a run for the Oakland City Council District 2 seat being vacated by Council President Pat Kernighan.“I'm strongly considering the race,” said Guillen. “I'm talking to community and business leaders … Continue reading Guillen Showing Strong Interest in Oakland’s District 2 Seat

Parker Tops Quan in Fundraising; Tuman, Schaaf Also Impress

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Bryan Parker,Libby Schaaf, Joe Tuman.ELECTION 2014 | OAKLAND | MAYOR | Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker showed a slight fundraising lead in campaign finance reports released Friday. Parker topped Mayor Jean Quan in a strong showing for four of the top candidates.Parker reported a cash balance of $140,706 through the … Continue reading Parker Tops Quan in Fundraising; Tuman, Schaaf Also Impress

Richmond May Ask Voters To Significantly Increase Minimum Wage

RICHMOND | MINIMUM WAGE | An Oakland mayoral candidate has an idea to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15. The Richmond City Council is way ahead on that front. On Tuesday, it will discuss a resolution potentially giving voters the opportunity next November to raise the minimum wage to as high as $15 per … Continue reading Richmond May Ask Voters To Significantly Increase Minimum Wage

2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 #OakMtg Vignettes

Oakland businessman Bill Adoudi addressesthe Oakland City Council in November.PHOTO/Steven Tavares2013 YEAR-IN-REVIEW | The atmosphere inside the Oakland City Council chambers often acts as a mirror reflecting your true beliefs toward the city. If you find the shouting and civil disobedience that often erupts either from council members or residents, the discord is a prime … Continue reading 2013 Year In Lists: Top 5 #OakMtg Vignettes

Kernighan Enough! Oakland Council President To Retire Next Year

Pat KernighanOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Council President Pat Kernighan will not run for re-election next year, reports the Oakland Tribune. The District 2 representative, elected in 2005, will retire from politics, she announced Monday.Kernighan was appointed council president earlier this year. Her departure leaves an opening for two new council members to be elected next … Continue reading Kernighan Enough! Oakland Council President To Retire Next Year