Alameda County Supe Nate Miley wants Sheriff’s Office to operate Ashland Youth Center

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley,seated right, listening to public speakersWednesday night who are concerned about his plans for the Ashland Youth Center.ALAMEDA COUNTYA strong dose of distrust toward the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and a lack of transparency is fueling opposition to a proposal by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to transfer oversight of the Ashland … Continue reading Alameda County Supe Nate Miley wants Sheriff’s Office to operate Ashland Youth Center

Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

ALCO BOARD OF SUEPRVISORSAfter years of vehement opposition by progressive and minority groups, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon decided to end funding for Urban Shield after this year."Urban Shield ends at the conclusion of today's vote," said Alameda County Keith Carson, in making a motion to end the event, as it is … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors say they will end Urban Shield funding in 2019

License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

Dublin and Danville in Contra Costa County approvedlicense plate readers and other cameras this week.SECURITY | City and Town Council's in Dublin and Danville voted this week to welcome the addition of automated license plate readers to their cities. They join Pleasanton, Livermore and San Ramon, which have previously approved similar surveillance tools.The devices are … Continue reading License plate readers and surveillance cameras now pervasive in the Tri Valley

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guests Robert Gammon; Dr. Death

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Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Assemblymember Bill QuirkSTATE LEGISLATURE | The public safety committee chairs of State Legislature, both representing the East Bay, said testimony Tuesday in Sacramento suggests scant information exists on the use of force by police officers in California, In addition, there is no accepted number of civilians killed by law enforcement each year in the state.“We … Continue reading Hancock, Quirk lead public safety hearing on police and community trust

Black elected officials, faith leaders to hold town hall on police relations

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Aside from Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ remarks regarding racism last week, many of the region’s elected black officials have stood in the background as protesters demonstrate on the streets of Oakland and Berkeley on almost a daily basis following national attention on police brutality against blacks. This may be changing.Alameda County Supervisor … Continue reading Black elected officials, faith leaders to hold town hall on police relations

San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

San Leandro Police Chief Sandra SpagnoliSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | The annual public review of the San Leandro Police Department next week may be less about the successes and future plans for the city’s law enforcement and more about a controversial arrest last year of two gay men arrested in a public bathroom for lewd … Continue reading San Leandro May Air Specifics Of City’s Recent Police Discrimination Settlement

State Lawmakers Struggle With Domestic Drones And Privacy Safeguards

Drone replica displayed last February in Alameda County. PHOTO/Shane BondASSEMBLY//DRONES/PRIVACY | As two high-profile drone bills sit in Assemby, members of its Public Safety Committee continue to grapple with the rapidly changing growth and privacy implication that stems from the potential use of public and private unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones.At a hearing Tuesday in Sacramento, … Continue reading State Lawmakers Struggle With Domestic Drones And Privacy Safeguards

Tuman Running On Public Safety

OAKLAND//MAYOR 2014 | Next year’s mayoral race in Oakland is certain to be dominated by public safety, and candidate Joe Tuman vowed today to make that the central platform of his campaign. The university professor and local television political analyst, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Oakland mayor in 2010, announced this afternoon his run … Continue reading Tuman Running On Public Safety

Officer Friendly Set To Join OPD?

Gone are the days of Officer Friendly walking the beat, twirling his baton down Broadway and stopping to pat little Johnny on the head. "How are the Oakland Oaks looking this season, Johnny?" "Gee, I don't know, sir? But Jackie Jensen is the bee's knees!"Times have changed, however, but the Oakland Police Department as part of its plan to … Continue reading Officer Friendly Set To Join OPD?

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

Police Monitor Cites Slight Improvement In Oakland PD Complying With Reforms

OAKLAND//POLICE REFORMS | The Oakland Police Department's record of compliance with a decade-old settlement aimed at reforming its ranks is getting better, according to new report released Monday. However, following a scathing report two months ago, its accomplishments are only as good as two assessments prior.The mixed report from independent monitor Robert Warshaw noted the number of tasks … Continue reading Police Monitor Cites Slight Improvement In Oakland PD Complying With Reforms

San Leandro Police Hope To Dramatically Increase Personnel

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro is looking to dramatically increase its police force by 18 officers in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. The funding depends greatly on the federal budget, which is a hot topic right now in Washington, but gives no guarantee for San Leandro to acquire funding for officers outside … Continue reading San Leandro Police Hope To Dramatically Increase Personnel

Unknown Alameda County Supervisor Candidate Makes Public Safety Top Priority

Mark TurnquistELECTION ‘12//ALCO SUPERVISOR DIST 2 | In the high-profile Alameda County District 2 supervisor special election, Richard Valle and Mary represented varying degrees of liberalism, Mark Green carries the center of the electoral spectrum and political novice Mark Turnquist definitely treads far to the right. But, who is Turnquist?Up until recently, Turnquist was a … Continue reading Unknown Alameda County Supervisor Candidate Makes Public Safety Top Priority

Kaplan, De La Fuente Focus On Increasing Public Safety At First Public Face-Off

PHOTO/Shane BondELECTION ‘12//OAKLAND COUNCIL//AT-LARGE | Sometimes highly-anticipated prize fights start with both contenders hopping around the ring and no punches thrown. A feeling-out process until the fisticuffs begin. Well, hopefully, that is.In the first face-to-face meeting on the campaign trail for the at-large seat on the Oakland City Council Wednesday, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, the current holder of … Continue reading Kaplan, De La Fuente Focus On Increasing Public Safety At First Public Face-Off