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Outgoing California Assemblymember Sandre Swanson was appointed Deputy Mayor of Oakland today by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. The email announcing this popped up just five minutes ago. Sandre was one of Jean Quan’s first major supporters in her run for Mayor, and back when many others, including this blogger, didn’t think she had a chance until seeing her...

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...

At the end of my first term I ,Mario Juarez, running for Oakland District Five Councilmember,hope we have a safer city. I believe that Oakland’s biggest challenge is crime. Our violent crime rate is over 250% higher than California’s and nearly 300% higher than the rest of our nation’s. The result is that we have a population that is afraid to leave home at...

The Oakland Athletics have done the impossible. They came back from two runs down in the 9th inning to win the ALDS Game 4, 4-3, forcing a deciding Game 5, and making Oakland Sports History. While Tuesday night’s 2-0 win was a joy to behold and had Oakland A’s fans high-fiving all over the place… This one, where this blogger watched the game...

The Oakland Athletics have swept the Texas Rangers in three games and won the American League West. The playoffs return to Oakland after a six-year absence, and Oakland can sure use the good news. The Oakland A’s won the third game in dramatic fashion: a 12-5 victory that looked for all the World like a loss, as the two-time AL West Champion Rangers took...

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...

A bit of an Oakland shocker until you think about it: Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner just landed the endorsement of the Oakland Police Union called the Oakland Police Officers Association. Here’s what Jane told those on her email list: I am excited to announce that the Oakland Police Officers Association (OPOA) has endorsed my campaign for City Attorney. In...

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 A’s – New York Yankees four game home stand at The Oakland Coliseum did more than show the young A’s are on track for the playoffs, it showed that winning cures attendance ills at the ballpark. Especially beating the NY Yankees. The Oakland Coliseum saw 106,142 people attend the four games, with the most seeing the A’s comeback win on Sunday, as they went from being down 4-2 for most of the contest to win 5-4 and sweep the Yankees for the first time in Oakland A’s history. Here are the totals:...

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/ ...

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...

The reports are all over that Major League Baseball’s long-delayed report on the Oakland A’s in Oakland, and if they should be given permission to leave Oakland for San Jose, will be released “soon,” and the verdict is that the A’s will be given permission to move to San Jose. If Oakland Mayor Jean Quan doesn’t want to give Oaklanders yet another reason to think about recalling her, she needs to throw a massive punch right to the collective noses of Major League Baseball, San Jose, and The Oakland...

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...

The Oakland Moneyball movie premier, starring Brad Pitt, is shaping-up to be a pretty popular Monday night event, and starts at the Paramount Theater at 6 PM, or about four hours from now. (Expect the area of Telegraph and 18th in Downtown Oakland to be crazy with people and traffic.) Oakland Restaurants will have a Moneyball special, and Steve Snider, Uptown District Manager, described in this way: “The Uptown District is working hard to help coordinate the evening’s celebrations,” says District Manager, Steve Snider. “Word...

  More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, Blip.tv, Stupid Videos, Sclipo and Viddler Ok. On the A’s stadium issue I’ve read a lot of stuff from a lot of different people, sat in on my last Mayor’s Office Sports and Entertainment Task Force Meeting (I quit), read and published John Russo’s letter, and now I’m going to give the “once over” to Oakland A’s Co-Owner Guy T. Saperstein’s letters (plural) that have been bouncing around the Internet....

  More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! In a strongly worded letter I just received as of this writing from the office of Oakland City Attorney John Russo (and is reproduced in full at the end of this post), Oakland’s lawyer penned what is without a doubt the strongest attack on the Oakland Athletics attempts to leave Oakland by and Oakland City Official. Russo writes: Oakland A’s managing partner Lew Wolff is a talented and smart businessman. But if Wolff thinks anybody is buying his sob story about why...

The above headline will catch you by surprise, but the wind is blowing in that way.  The point is that several people behind the scenes, in touch with the ownership group, and around the Bay Area are talking about how Oakland Athletics Managing Partner Lew Wolff has, as one person put it “blown $20 million” on the effort to find a new home for the Oakland Athletics. Another contact told me one would be “fired” if they lost even $8 million on such a development project so early into the process.  But the...

I just received this letter copy via email.  It comes on the heels of the news that Oakland A’s Owner Lew Wolff called Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums to request a meeting to discuss ways to keep the A’s in Oakland.   SEN. BOXER WORKS TO KEEP A’S IN OAKLAND Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent the following letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig: March 31, 2009 Allan H. (Bud) Selig, CommissionerMajor League Baseball245 Park Avenue, 31st FloorNew York, NY 10167 Dear...

I have it from a very good source that Oakland Athletics Owner and Managing Partner Lew Wolff called Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums today to request a meeting to “explore options to keep the A’s in Oakland”. That’s great news and it comes on the heels of Monday’s report that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig formed a committee to determine why a baseball stadium deal was not struck in Oakland, and Selig did so with wording that could have been read as a forecast of a move to take the A’s out of...

On the way to a fundraiser for Senator Barbara Boxer on Sunday (March 15th 2009), I walked into the Four Seasons Residences on Market Street and boarded an elevator that was already to be occupied by two women just eight steps ahead of me, with their backs to me.  When I boarded the elevator they both turned in conversation, the one closest to me was the person-of-the-hour, Senator Barbara Boxer. Always gracious, Senator Boxer shook my hand, then after a few seconds on the elevator I asked her if she was “going to get involved...