I like to introduce bills that pass.—Assemblymember Rob Bonta during an Oakland City Council meeting April 16 when asked to propose legislation to waive the remainder of the Oakland Unified School District's original $100 million loan. STORY HERE

A similar bill failed in each of the last two years, but a change in the governor’s office is buoying proponent’s spirits.

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I learned that people show up at City Hall and argue for the stupidest things in the name of all good things.-Gov. Jerry Brown on his time serving as mayor of Oakland.
If we could police and incarcerate our way into safety we’d be the safest country in the world. We need to get to the gun before the bullet flies, not hold the mothers as they mourn.-Oakland mayoral candidates Cat Brooks, speaking at the Alameda County Democratic Party candidate forum Thursday night in Oakland.