San Leandro moves closer to honoring first African American councilmember

Surlene Grant served 10 years on the SanLeandro City Council.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILA number of buildings, overpasses and even sports facilities in San Leandro have been named after local historical figures. A city building is named after Helen Lawrence, long-ago the first female of San Leandro. An overpass is named after former Mayor Jack Maltester, likely the … Continue reading San Leandro moves closer to honoring first African American councilmember

Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILOakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks expressed bewilderment Friday after an inquiry into the Aug. 16 raid in Oakland conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents was abruptly removed from consideration at yesterday's Oakland City Council Rules Committee. The item was previously scheduled for next Tuesday.The request was made by … Continue reading Kaplan, Brooks upset over ICE accountability item being iced by Oakland committee members

San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

Former San Leandro Councilmember Surlene Grant served from 1998-2008.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILNear the end of former San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's second term in office, she began exploring ways to honor her predecessor in District 2, Surlene Grant, the city's first-ever African American councilmember.Reed first proposed renaming Joaquin Plaza, a modest courtyard located on East 14th Street … Continue reading San Leandro begins debate on whether to honor city’s first African American councilmember

Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

OAKLAND CITY COUNCILThree Oakland elected officials introduced a resolution Thursday calling for Congress to investigate all impeachable offense alleged of President Donald Trump.The symbolic resolution, authored by Oakalnd Councilmember Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, was presented to the Oakland City Council Rules Committee on Thursday morning. Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker asked to be included as … Continue reading Oakland City Council may hear resolution in June seeking possible impeachment of Trump

San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed

San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed's bidto lengthen term limits is falling flat.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Using the same rationale that led to the extension of term limits to 12 years in the state Legislature, San Leandro Councilmember Ursula Reed believed by the time the city’s elected officials became proficient in their jobs, they were ready … Continue reading San Leandro rules committee nixes extending council term limits; ban on flavored cigarillos proposed

McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks called hercollegaues on the rules committee "spinles wonders."OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |Despite a round of aspersions against the Oakland City Council cast by Councilmember Desley Brooks and members of the public Thursday morning, potential censure proceedings for Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney will not occur until after a further investigation into her … Continue reading McElhaney’s potential censure hearing gets pushed to after the election

BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaneyis becoming her own worst nightmare for re-election.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |A much-anticipated fundraiser for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee was held Tuesday night at the Oakland Marriott--just a few blocks from a session of the Oakland City Council. For Oakland Council President Lynette … Continue reading BUSTED! ‘Sick’ McElhaney caught playing hooky from Oakland council meeting

Oakland to borrow Portland employee to start new Dept. of Race and Equity

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The head of Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights may be coming to Oakland to help establish its own similar department, but only for a few months, according to The Oregonian.The Oakland City Council Rules Committee on Thursday scheduled an agenda item for Nov. 3 to approve the three-month temporary … Continue reading Oakland to borrow Portland employee to start new Dept. of Race and Equity

Gallo wants McElhaney to publicly address ethics allegations against her

Councilmember Noel Gallo wants CouncilPresident Lynette Gibson McElhaney toaddress newpaper's allegations against her.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | At least one member of the Oakland City Council is willing to speak publicly on the multiple controversies surrounding council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney detailed recently in a series of investigative reports in the Express.At the start of a … Continue reading Gallo wants McElhaney to publicly address ethics allegations against her

Brooks’ plan for an Oakland department on race and equity to be heard Feb. 24

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Details of Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks’ proposal to create a new city department related to race and equity will be offered at a committee hearing later this month.“We have an opportunity to do something profound in the City of Oakland,” Brooks told the city council’s rules committee last week. “We need … Continue reading Brooks’ plan for an Oakland department on race and equity to be heard Feb. 24