Officials Raise Hope For Federal Grant To Hire Cops In Oakland; Tax Measure In ’14

ALAMEDA COUNTY/OAKLAND//CRIME | “What’s good for Oakland is good for Alameda County,” said Supervisor Richard Valle Thursday as two Oakland council members lobbied the county for additional resources to help the city grapple with its continuing crime problem.Oakland officials say a tax measure for additional police officer will certainly be proposed next year while a multi-agency … Continue reading Officials Raise Hope For Federal Grant To Hire Cops In Oakland; Tax Measure In ’14

A Lack of Trust in Local Goverment Grows Amid Oblivious Elected Officials

PHOTO/Shane Bond ILLUSTRATION/Steven TavaresTHE SUNDAY COLUMN | Oakland Civil Rights Attorney Michael Siegel stood before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee last Valentine’s Day and told them what he thought about a proposal by the Sheriff’s Department to purchase a drone (now, apparently, two, says Sheriff Gregory Ahern). The gray-haired sheriff in … Continue reading A Lack of Trust in Local Goverment Grows Amid Oblivious Elected Officials

Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

PHOTO/Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY BOS//DRONES | After months of contention and concern, the residents of Alameda County were finally afforded a public hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss the potential purchase of aerial drones by the county sheriff's department. Activists, many wearing neon colored stickers stating “No Drones,” joined various organization leaders in Oakland to express their dismay in … Continue reading Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department says strict guidelines will be used to ensure the use of drones for law enforcement purposes will not be used to violate the privacy of county residents. The sheriff’s department laid out its vision for the potential use of what it calls, small Unmanned Aircraft systems, in … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones