The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Lee A group calling itself #LetsKeepTheSeat held rallies this week in Los Angeles and Sacramento urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat with a Black woman -- either Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee or Southern California Rep. Karen Bass. The reported frontrunner for the appointment, however, is state Secretary of State Alex Padilla. … Continue reading The push for appointing Barbara Lee to Kamala Harris’ senate seat continues

Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

Newsom, though, is leaning toward Alex Padilla Lee Oakland Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, and Sheng Thao want Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Rep. Barbara Lee to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' U.S. Senate seat. The trio of councilmembers offered the recommendation in a letter sent on Monday. "We are incredibly honored to be represented by … Continue reading Oakland councilmembers tell Newsom, Barbara Lee for U.S. Senate speaks for me

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

City Council Briefing: Tax breaks for landlords, proposed ballot measures, Santos to be honored

East Bay City Council meeting highlights for the week of Oct. 21: >>> OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL (Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m) - Item 11 MOM AND POP TAX BREAK  - Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo's proposal from last fall to offer small-time landlords a limited business tax exemption on gross receipt comes to the Finance and Management Committee meeting … Continue reading City Council Briefing: Tax breaks for landlords, proposed ballot measures, Santos to be honored

Gallo waxes nostalgic

There was a time that, you know, we may have been out there killing each other in numbers, but there was no trash out in the street.-Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo with an odd memory of his younger years growing up in the city, as opposed to the rampant illegal dumping occurring today.

Reid, Gallo talk trash about Oakland’s response to illegal dumping

The scourge of illegal dumping is Oakland's most unrelenting problem. And when you match an update on the city's actions toward limiting illegal dumping during an Oakland City Council committee hearing and its two most passionate opponents of trash on the streets, the rhetoric is glorious. Oakland Coucilmembers Larry Reid and Noel Gallo participated in dueling … Continue reading Reid, Gallo talk trash about Oakland’s response to illegal dumping

Julián Castro will tour Oakland homeless encampment

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro will receive a tour of a homeless encampment near the Home Depot at High Street and Alameda Avenue this Wednesday compliments of Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo. The encampment, notable for the large number of small RVs that ringed the streets near the Home Depot shopping center, cleared recently by the … Continue reading Julián Castro will tour Oakland homeless encampment

Oakland’s lawsuit against NFL gets a second Hail Mary attempt; Councilman wants to ‘apply’ for a team

The construction of a nearly $2 billion football stadium in Las Vegas for the Oakland Raiders hit a snag earlier this year when the trusses for its roof did not properly fit. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland last December to keep the team's iconic logo and colors in the East Bay … Continue reading Oakland’s lawsuit against NFL gets a second Hail Mary attempt; Councilman wants to ‘apply’ for a team

Oakland: Reid, Gallo give support to bill aiming to stop illegal sideshows

A few days after a weekend sideshow in Oakland resulted in a transport truck and an A.C. Transit bus being set on fire, Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid said the city must give its support to an Assembly bill that will further criminalize participation in the dangerous impromptu sideshows occurring on city streets. "The sideshow is … Continue reading Oakland: Reid, Gallo give support to bill aiming to stop illegal sideshows