Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting the installation of natural gas in new structures. City leaders said the ordinance is fundamental for Oakland to achieve its climate action goals, among them reducing greenhouses by 36 percent below 2005 levels. If Oakland … Continue reading Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Gloating follows a long night of election returns

A day after Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty may have learned who will be his successor, the irascible retiring elected official tweeted a snarky message for the likely losing candidate. Dublin Mayor David Haubert appears poised to be the winner of a hard-fought campaign over Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon. Haggerty's used Bacon's salty and fried … Continue reading Gloating follows a long night of election returns

Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

The Oakland Police Commission extended Interim Chief of Police Susan Manheimer’s contract to Dec. 8. The move comes after the commission was scheduled to provide Mayor Libby Schaaf with a short list of potential candidates by the end of this month. The extension allows the commission a longer timeframe to vet a sizable number of … Continue reading Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris, an East Bay native, as his running mate. "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate," Biden tweeted on Tuesday … Continue reading Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Oakland at-large City Council candidate Derreck Johnson received a major endorsement on Monday from Sen. Kamala Harris. And with Harris on the short-list to be Joe Biden's vice-presidential nominee, the endorsement could loom even larger in the fall. "I've known Derreck Johnson for decades and I know that through his leadership and dedication he has … Continue reading Gift that could keep giving: Kamala Harris endorses Oakland at-large candidate Derreck Johnson

Challenger sends Rebecca Kaplan a mid-year fundraising wake-up call

Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is one of the city's most well-known politicians, and seemingly one of its more popular. But her re-election campaign received a major wake-up call after one of her challengers, Oakland restaurateur Derreck Johnson, posted strong mid-year campaign fundraising numbers on Friday that greatly outpaced the incumbent Kaplan's effort. Johnson, the … Continue reading Challenger sends Rebecca Kaplan a mid-year fundraising wake-up call

Schaaf vs. Trump

Hell is another four years of this racist in the White House.-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responding to President Trump, who said Oakland, Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago, is "like living in hell."

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

Oakland Police Commission, mayor fire police chief without cause

In a stunning development Thursday night, the Oakland Police Commission wielded its power to dismiss a sitting police chief. Police commissioners unanimously voted to fire Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick without cause. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf concurred with their decision. The dismissal comes three years after Kirkpatrick was hired by Schaaf in January 2017. “The … Continue reading Oakland Police Commission, mayor fire police chief without cause

Schaaf warns ICE

Don't bring it to Oakland.-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responding in a tweet on Friday to news report that ICE agents are eyeing a return to the Bay Area. Two years ago, Schaaf tipped off locals about an impending raid on the area's immigrant communities.

Did public discourse in Oakland finally reach its nadir?

They still urinating in the council's face and call it rain.-Gene Hazard, a prodigious Oakland City Council public commenter, castigating the city attorney's office on Feb. 6 for not providing a report on the legality of Mayor Libby Schaaf's state of the city speech last week.

Schaaf recommends former Lafayette city manager as interim city administrator

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in a letter to the City Council last Thursday, offered the appointment of former Lafayette city manager Steven Falk as interim city administrator. Last December, Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth announced her resignation from the post, effective Mar. 11. Oakland councilmembers will discuss Falk's possible employment at its Feb. 18 meeting. … Continue reading Schaaf recommends former Lafayette city manager as interim city administrator

Bonta backs Steyer for president

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta is endorsing billionaire Tom Steyer for president, it was announced Wednesday. Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the Assembly, lauded Steyer for his leadership in standing up to Big Oil, along with a belief that Steyer can beat President Trump on the issue of the economy. "Tom … Continue reading Bonta backs Steyer for president

Schaaf not swayed by Bloomberg’s visit to Oakland

You didn't think wealthy Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg came to Oakland just to enjoy a cup of coffee, did you? Bloomberg visited Oakland last Friday and met with Mayor Libby Schaaf. Television camera crews and journalists walked with them as they strolled through downtown Oakland. Exactly what Bloomberg expected from the conversation is unclear. … Continue reading Schaaf not swayed by Bloomberg’s visit to Oakland

Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan had a seemingly innocuous question for Rich Lucia, the Alameda County undersheriff. Why were Alameda County sheriff's deputies deployed to evict the members of the Moms 4 Housing coalition last Tuesday morning, and not the Oakland Police Department? Lucia told the board that the sheriff's office had been in discussion … Continue reading Undersheriff said Oakland PD stood them up at Moms 4 Housing eviction