What We Know: Alameda City Manager Scandal — Keimach admits to recordings; later implicates city attorney

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL➤On Thursday, I reported for the East Bay Express that Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach secretly recorded a conversation between two Alameda councilemembers and, separately, a city department manager. An attorney representing Keimach denied she did anything wrong. Keimach, in fact, is who gave the recordings to the investigator hired by the City … Continue reading What We Know: Alameda City Manager Scandal — Keimach admits to recordings; later implicates city attorney

Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

Report says A's owners are looking at other sitesin Oakland. Could Howard Terminal be on the list?OAKLAND | STADIUMS | In a lengthy statement released Friday afternoon, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pushed back against a news report suggesting that she is reversing a long-standing position against using taxpayer money to build a new stadium for … Continue reading Schaaf rebuts report she supports public funding Raiders stadium; A’s eye other sites in Oakland

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest SF Chronicle political writer Carla Marinucci

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A Case of Newspaper Endorsement Confusion in the Oakland Mayor’s Race

The San Francisco Chronicle has showed very little attention to Oakland's mayoral race. Nevertheless, other local media outlets appear similarly confused over which candidate it should endorse this fall.OAKLAND | MAYOR | Six Bay Area news outlets, six different endorsements for Oakland's next mayor. The confusion among editorial boards might not be that odd. In … Continue reading A Case of Newspaper Endorsement Confusion in the Oakland Mayor’s Race

Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

Bryan Parker, right, with fellow Oakland mayoral candidate Courtney Ruby at a candidates forum in August, is marking the anniversary of Occupy Oakland, not the movement , but the raid on it three years ago. PHOTO/Steven TavaresOAKLAND | MAYOR | Bryan Parker’s campaign is celebrating the three year anniversary this month of the Occupy Oakland … Continue reading Parker: I’m the Only Oakland Mayoral Candidate Who Will Stop Another Occupy

OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

By Elmano GonsalvesSan Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip JohnsonOAKLAND | OPINION | Chip Johnson, it seems that your on-going vendetta against Jean Quan and the city of Oakland continues unabated. The San Francisco-centric and slanted media goes after Oakland Mayor Jean Quan as if she were Kim Kardashian. Quan makes news when she gets a parking … Continue reading OPINION: Chronicle Columnist is Again Smearing Oakland

A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

A Shipping crane near Jack London Square in OaklandOAKLAND | MEDIA | Crime is down dramatically in Oakland this year, and yet you'd never know it by reading the daily newspapers or watching TV news. Moreover, news reports often portray shootings and homicides as being citywide issues in Oakland, and not problems localized to certain sections of … Continue reading A Double Standard When it Comes to Crime Stories in Oakland

Media is in Hot Pursuit of Jean Quan

KGO-TVOAKLAND | MAYOR | As an incumbent, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is constantly looking at her rearview mirror. With 18 potential challengers in hot pursuit this November, she might as well be driving a white Bronco. After a photograph of Quan was trumpeted by KRON two week, it seems every one of her enemies in … Continue reading Media is in Hot Pursuit of Jean Quan

June Primary Losers: Corbett, Hayashi Exit Public Life

ELLEN CORBETT Absolutely nobody predicted Corbett would finish behind the perfunctory Republican candidate in the 15th Congressional District. Few thought she could unseat Rep. Eric Swalwell in November, either, but now she won’t even have the chance. In hindsight, Corbett probably could have run a more effective primary race, but saving her limited supply of … Continue reading June Primary Losers: Corbett, Hayashi Exit Public Life

Back to the Future: Hayashi is Run Through Gauntlet over Past Shoplifting

STATE SENATE | 10TH DISTRICT | ANALYSIS | Mary Hayashi said she was ready to discuss real issues at the beginning of a recorded interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. The focus though started with another round of questions over her 2011 shoplifting case, which she later plead no contest.Much of the inquiry featured … Continue reading Back to the Future: Hayashi is Run Through Gauntlet over Past Shoplifting

Report: G-Men Reached Out to Oakland Councilmembers Reid, McElhaney

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | G-Men were not only trolling San Francisco State Sen. Leland Yee, they were also snooping around Oakland City Hall, according to a report Monday in the San Francisco Chronicle.Oakland Councilmembers Larry Reid and Lynette Gibson McElhaney were approached by an undercover F.B.I agent posing as a rich developer seeking to build … Continue reading Report: G-Men Reached Out to Oakland Councilmembers Reid, McElhaney

This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

MEDIA | ANALYSIS |The Bay Area News Groups version of political endorsements is here, or, better understood as an editorial staff of one filing out a page on an anti-worker edition of Mad Libs. On Wednesday it somewhat surprisingly passed over Democratic apostate Steve Glazer in favor of Republican Catharine Baker in Contra Costa County’s … Continue reading This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns

OAKLAND | Following two unsuccessful attempts at finding employment outside of Oakland, City Administrator Deanna Santana has resigned, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday afternoon.Santana, who was recently a finalist for the same position in both Dallas and Phoenix, offered no details on why she was stepping down, according to the article. On both occasions, … Continue reading Report: Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana Resigns

Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Since the first time most of heard of Eric Swalwell, a Dublin council member in his early 30s without a scent of achievement in government, he has received exorbitant amounts of positive press from the local corporate media. His ethical lapses, conversely, are totally ignored. The San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area … Continue reading Eric Swalwell Recast As Santa Days After Voting Against Unemployment Benefits

Chronicle Columnist Thinks City Hall Belongs To Politicians, Not The People

Oakland City Council meeting Nov. 19.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | ANALYSIS | There are times when even the most veteran of journalists drop their editorial guard and reveal exactly how they think. Most people in Oakland know San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson bends over backward for the police. But, why, does he consistently fill his … Continue reading Chronicle Columnist Thinks City Hall Belongs To Politicians, Not The People