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This video stemmed from my Thursday late-night dinner at Luka’s at the corner of Grand Avenue and Broadway in Oakland. Luka’s is one of the few places in Oakland that serves food past 10 PM, and more often than not, it’s excellent. Thursday was no exception. The only things that bothered me was the service. What I’m really tired of dealing...

On October 25th, 2011, a giant downtown Oakland protest at 14th and Broadway turned ugly as Oakland Police and law enforcement officials clashed. The result was that Scott Olsen, a then-24 year old Iraq War Veteran, who was shot in the face by a police officer using a rubber bullet. Now, one year later and a lot of protests afterward, what’s left of the...

I have been running for Oakland City Council since May 23, 2011 when I had my first house party in Adams Point. I’m running for Oakland City Councilmember because I believe in the promise and possibility of Oakland. I’m running for City Council to give the residents of District 3 the leadership we need—and the ability to get things—on the critical...

Grrr. Oakland Tribune reporter Angela Woodall’s done it again: wrote another completely wrongheaded account of my Oakland. The first time it was a Twitter tweet that implied there was corruption at the Oakland Coliseum (she was correct), only to completely back away from the accusation when this blogger pointed to it. This time, the second time, Woodall...

In this Oakland News, the Oakland City Council District Three Race is heating up. First, Alex Miller-Cole, considered an upstart by some, scored two key endorsements that have changed the face of the election, and helped to define the difference between himself and the other Oaklanders running for office. Alex got the backing of Margaret Gordon, who some consider the unofficial Mayor of West Oakland, and then Oakland Councilmember Nancy Nadel followed suit with her own endorsement of Miller-Cole. I talked with a long-time Oakland political...

Fred Blackwell’s a well-known name in the small World of San Francisco – Oakland economic development. He’s best known as the now-former head of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, and a can-do person with a calm attitude and professional acumen. Now, Blackwell is Assistant City Adminstrator for the City of Oakland, and in charge of economic...

Good Oakland Army Base news exclusive to Zennie62.com: after a period that saw the possibility that the $242 million that was to be designated by the California Transportation Commission for the new $3 billion Oakland Army Base Project would be redirected to other projects, the CTC held firm. The Army Base Project is safe. In a letter delivered to City Of Oakland Officials last Friday (and this blogger is the first media person with the news) the CTC stated that the Oakland Army Base would be announced as the preferred project for the...

The latest Oakland News is that on her campaign website, Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan already calls her new challenger, Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, a “serious challenger” and is using him to raise a new round of campaign money. Again, I think what Ignacio De La Fuente is about to do is a huge risk, but he may be in better shape than I thought. A lot of Oaklanders who are more likely to be politically involved are new, young, and mostly white – and have by my survey never known of either...

The Oakland Army Base Project – the long-dreamed of plan to redevelop a long-dead 366-acre land assembly that was once the home of the U.S. Army for the San Francisco Bay Area, and the focus of a competition won by Oakland-based California Capital Group two years ago – has moved a giant step closer to reality after the Oakland City Council approved the...

This first-of-its kind event was held in Oakland on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 5:30 PM at the office of The Community Bank Of The Bay at 1750 Broadway. The Oakland Builder’s Alliance, headed by its new Executive Director Beverly Rivas, produced the unique gathering, where 26 candidates for seats on the Oakland City Council, the Oakland City Attorney’s...

The Oakland Caucus, a candidates forum presented by the Oakland Builders Alliance and its new executive director Bev Rivas, is this evening at 5:30 PM at Community Bank of the Bay, 1750 Broadway Oakland. There will be candidates from the Oakland City Council race and the Oakland City Attorney race, and food too. Yes, local food vendors Go Streatery, El Taco Bike, Cerrutti Cellars, and others will have their tasty food available. A kind of Taste Of Oakland. For more info check The Facebook page and get tickets here: http://oaklandcaucus-oba.eventbrite.com/ Share...

UPDATE: There may be a question on if the photo is of One L Goh, which I got from a TV news broadcast. More later. The words “Oakland School Shooting” are still a shock to this blogger, because it just seems not right that Oakland should be impacted in that way. Yet, here we are, today. If you’re not aware of what happened on Monday, Goh went...

The blog post called “Mayor Jean Quan Had Affair With Ron Dellums In 2009″ and released on April Fools Day Sunday, was widely seen by readers and observers as an April Fools joke, which it was. Trouble is, a staffer for Jean Quan, the Mayor Of Oakland, wasn’t down with the humor. In a series of emails, the person, who I will not name, said that...

UPDATE: Mayor Quan Pissed Over April Fools Joke. Fans of Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums believed he was on a good track to recover what some others had said was a failed effort as Mayor of Oakland, and expected him to announce his run to be reelected as far back at late 2009. But, and while Dellums did hold out almost until mid 2010 to make an official announcement, a report from a City Official source who does not want to be named, asserts with evidence that Quan and Dellums had an affair that started in mid year 2009, and continued until...

In this Oakland News you can tell a lot about a candidate by not just their videos, but when they were uploaded. Rob Bonta is currently the front-runner for the California Assembly District 18 race, and it’s 2012. But the restless, ambitious Bonta (nothing wrong with that) put out this video in 2010 explaining why he would make a great Alameda City Council representative....

The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, or “Joint Powers Authority”, or “JPA” is known for its rather clubby politics, at times so much so that it leads many to question how it operates. One of those who’s done so, or formed a conclusion, is Oakland Tribune Reporter Angela Woodall. Woodall regularly covers the JPA, so her Twitter...

Since I found myself in Oakland for a weekend rather than Georgia, Chicago, Las Vegas, or Los Angeles, and on the first Friday of the month of March, I took a late night (10 PM) visit down to Uptown Oakland. It was packed with people. What was most fun to learn was the number of people I talked to who came up from places like Santa Cruz just for the Art Mumor....

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, concerned that the public has the wrong idea about the redeployment of what the City of Oakland calls “Problem Solving Officers”, wrote “a letter to the community” which appears below. It essentially says that 35 police officers are still placed in each of the City’s 35 police beats, but 22 officers...

A lot of Oakland News to catch up on so let’s get started. First, Kathy Neal called to explain that yes she’s out of the race for the 18th California Assembly District Seat, and while she’s not yet endorsing a candidate, the person she’s definitely not backing is AC Transit Board Member Joel Young. What Neal can’t get over is Young’s behavior and that, even with his domestic violence challenges, he still has supporters. But the complex fact of political life is that it looks just as bad to bail...

According to the Daily Kos, and other blogs, a number of the 400 people arrested during last Saturday’s Occupy Oakland protest were sent to Santa Rita Jail, and of those who were not able to make bail set, they’re reportedly being tortured. Yes, you did read that correctly. Here’s what was presented at Daily Kos’ member’s AoT: Just got out of Santa Rita Jail last night the prisoners from the Oakland Commune were being denied medications (some had seizures) while the guards said they didnt care if they...

The Oakland News is dominated by the Oakland Raiders trade for now-former Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Carson Palmer. In case you missed it, here’s the first seven minutes of today’s press conference at Raiders Headquarters: What cracked me up about the start of the press conference was that Coach Jackson said “There’s a report out there that this deal was Hue Jackson’s..” And then went on to congratulate the Raiders Organization. At that time, the number one Google News result in a search for...

More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! The giant 100-acre Oakland Army Base is the focus of a development competition between two groups led by people well-known to many Oaklanders: “AMB/CCG” (for AMB Property Corporation and the “CCG” is California Commercial Group) is directed by Phil Tagami, of California Commercial Investments, and who redeveloped two Oakland landmarks the Fox Oakland Theater and the Oakland Rotunda, and Federated Oakland Associates, who’s boss is Michael Johnson,...