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

EBC AGENDA | JAN 5-11 | Oakland library parcel tax on the horizon? No ICE, baby!; San Leandro allocates A1 funding for 62 affordable housing units

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 5-11--OAKLAND-- Regular council committee meetings, Tuesday, Jan. 9, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--LIBRARY PARCEL TAX POLL-- Budget cuts last year significantly hampered Oakland's public library system. Unsurprisingly, reduced library hours were used as a bludgeon by striking city workers against Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now the … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JAN 5-11 | Oakland library parcel tax on the horizon? No ICE, baby!; San Leandro allocates A1 funding for 62 affordable housing units

EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 8-14--OAKLAND-- [MEETINGS CANCELLED DUE TO STRIKE] City Council committee meetings, Tuesday, Dec. 12, start at 9 a.m.➤Finance & Management Committee, 9 a.m. [ENTIRE AGENDA HERE]--PUBLIC SAFETY OT IN THE RED-- Oakland's overtime budget for police and fire is projected to be in the red by more than $38 million, according to a staff … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | DEC 8-14 | OAKLAND strike continues; 200-unit senior market-rate housing in HAYWARD; multiculturalism in SAN LEANDRO

Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

A city survey found 75 percent of residentshave a positive image of their city.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILHayward residents consistently voiced concern over the overall lack of affordable housing and job creation in the city, according to a city survey released last week. Those polled also continue to pull their collective hair out over traffic congestion in … Continue reading Survey: Hayward residents are concerned about housing, jobs

In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, endorsed Nancy Skinner over another Democrat, Sandre Swanson.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Former East Bay Assemblymember Nancy Skinner received her highest-profile endorsement yet for the Ninth State Senate District.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Monday she's is backing Skinner’s over another former Democratic Assemblymember Sandre Swanson. The endorsement could be a pivotal moment … Continue reading In hotly-contested East Bay State Senate race, Schaaf endorses Skinner

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show podcast with guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

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Sen. Loni Hancock calls for closure of ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ state prison

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock says a Southern California state prison housing over 2,400 inmates should be closed due to its unsafe and dirty conditions.In a letter sent Tuesday to the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Hancock said the prison in … Continue reading Sen. Loni Hancock calls for closure of ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ state prison

During safety walk to highlight prostitution on International Blvd; Quan mistakenly hops into a stranger’s car

Volunteers walk the streets on International Boulevard in Oakland, Dec. 5, to highlight public safety.Mayor Jean Quan's difficulties with personaltransportation continued Friday night.OAKLAND | Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo couldn’t help cracking wise.During a neighborhood safety walk he led last Friday evening on International Boulevard--also attended by Mayor Jean Quan--to highlight and deter criminal activity in … Continue reading During safety walk to highlight prostitution on International Blvd; Quan mistakenly hops into a stranger’s car

Schaaf, Quan Vow A Seamless Transition

Oakland Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf at press conference Thursday morning at City Hall with Mayor Jean Quan in the background. PHOTOS/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Oakland's current and future mayor addressed the media two days after Libby Schaaf's surprisingly easy victory in the city's mayoral election.Mayor Jean Quan and Mayor-elect Schaaf ended months of hard-fought campaigning … Continue reading Schaaf, Quan Vow A Seamless Transition

Oakland District 2 Council Candidates Offer Nuanced Positions on Public Safety

Abel GuillenOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | The way the five current candidates for Oakland’s District 2 City Council seat were talking inside the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church you would think they were there for sanctuary from the violence outside on the streets. But, like every candidate’s forum for any race in Oakland this … Continue reading Oakland District 2 Council Candidates Offer Nuanced Positions on Public Safety

Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

STATE SENATE | PUBLIC SAFETY | The push for smartphone kill-switches got a reprieve Thursday when the State Senate passed a bill mandating the inclusion of the disabling software on all cell phones sold in California. The same bill, authored by San Francisco State Sen. Mark Leno, was narrowly defeated two weeks ago, but now heads … Continue reading Smartphone Kill-Switch Gets Reboot in State Senate; Oakland Applauds Passage

Oakland Mayoral Challengers Debate Crime, Need for More Officers

Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman addresses voters during a candidate's forum Wednesday at Laney College. PHOTO/STEVEN TAVARESOAKLAND | MAYOR | Ten of the 17 current candidates for the Oakland mayoral race met at Laney College this week. Mayor Jean Quan and Councilmember Libby Schaaf made brief appearances before leaving for previous engagements. The absence of … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Challengers Debate Crime, Need for More Officers

Tuman and Quan Call Each Other Out at Public Safety Debate

Oakland mayoral challenger Joe TumanPHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | “Did you hear the first words out of her mouth?” Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman said incredulously of Mayor Jean Quan. “‘I’m sorry I misspoke.’ How many times have you heard that?”Although, many candidates for mayor voiced specific displeasure with Quan’s first term in office at week’s … Continue reading Tuman and Quan Call Each Other Out at Public Safety Debate

Bryan Parker is Outraged

Bryan ParkerOAKLAND | MAYOR | Bryan Parker's demeanor is typically business-like. He wears nice suits and often shows polite empathy. But there was a more agitated Bryan Parker on display last Thursday night at the first major Oakland mayoral forum.The packed house at Temple Sinai was forewarned. During his opening statement Parker alluded to the … Continue reading Bryan Parker is Outraged

Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety

A full house at Oakland's Temple Sinai Thursday night listened as nine of the city's mayoral candidates discuss a single issue--public safety. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Public safety, the likely signature issue of this year's Oakland mayoral election, received its very own candidate's forum Thursday night. Nine of the expansive list of challengers to … Continue reading Oakland Mayoral Candidates Discuss the Election’s Defining Issue—Public Safety