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In this Oakland News you know it’s just 48 hours before election day when on Saturday night, you see Nyesha DeWitt’s campaign truck parked on Broadway at 10 PM. Have to admit, this blogger’s never seen a U-Haul used to get out a candidate’s vote, but that was the case here: So with that, let’s assess the Oakland City Council races, starting with a video interview I conducted with Lynette McElhaney, who’s running for the Oakland City Council’s District Three seat and another one with comments...

This video was made on the evening of the June 12th Oakland City Council District Three Candidates Forum. This blogger was fresh in town from what was my fifth trip back to Atlanta, Georgia this year so far (in fact, I didn’t plan to attend the event because of the flight schedule), and took a walk along Bellevue just as Sean Sullivan was walking out of a...

The City Of Oakland admits what many have known for months, and almost cost Oakland Mayor Jean Quan her job, a successful recall effort would have given her one of the shortest executive careers in public sector history. It caused a full-scale war pitting the Oakland Police against Occupy Oakland protestors and OPD or law enforcement nearly killed Iraq War Veteran...

The Oakland City Council is going to change, here’s how you can get involved. Since we live in a world where incumbents seem to win 110% of the time, it’s a huge deal when they don’t run.  And once in a while, there’s a chance for seismic change when more than one decide not to run for re-election simultaneously. That’s exactly the situation on the...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan can rest now. The effort to recall Mayor Quan is officially dead (along with the website photo that gives her green lipstick) according to its originator, Oakland’s long-time enabler Gene Hazzard. Gene sent a text pointing this blogger to his official website called “removejeanquan.com” and two letters posted on Friday May 11th, (yesterday) which officially called his attempt to gather signatures to place a recall vote on the November ballot, over. Gene writes: “I am officially informing...

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...

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 tweet released on March 16th is valuable (the screen shot was taken in case Woodall deletes the tweet). This is what she tweeted: ‏@AngelaWoodall It is not an exaggeration...

The news updates regarding the California Assembly District 18 Race keep coming in, so without any delay, here’s what I’ve got. Abel Guillen won another straw poll, this one held by the Wellstone Democratic Club, and he did so in smashing fashion. Mr. Guillen rang up 44 votes to 7 for Rob Bonta, and none for Joel Young. Recall that Abel also took the Democrats For America Straw Poll that was held two weeks ago, and thanks to his aide Winnie’s speaking ability, Abel clobbered Bonta – well Bonta’s reps –...

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 were reassigned to what is called the Crime Reduction Team. That group works in the same 100 block area, but where Jordan’s letter misteps a bit is in its explanation...

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...

Richmond beats Alameda and Oakland for LBL Second Campus After a tough, competitive battle for the right to play host to the long-planned-for second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it was announced at 8 AM that Richmond was the winner. Richmond, already location of property and facilities owned by the University of California, beat Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and two other developer partners for the right to be the location of the new development. Mayor Recall Snag Gives Quan A Chit The effort to recall...

Mayor Quan with friends at Chabot event It’s an old cliché that almost everyone who writes about Oakland feels they must use. You know, it’s a gritty city. The latest one was the New York Times article that touted our new restaurants, which are great, don’t get me wrong. But the writer still felt he had to refer to our “grit.” I’ve never quite figured out what that means-is there sand in your sheets whenever you stay here? Do you get stuff in your eyes walking around our beautiful lake? By the way, which one, we have two and...

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan undoubtedly fears the recall effort launched against her, but from what this blogger has learned, it’s currently marred by not two, but three (yes, 3) competing efforts, backbiting, and the appearance of voter fraud. How it all started was that long-time Oakland activist Gene Hazzard (who was instrumental in ‘drafting’ then-former Congressman Ron Dellums to run for and become Mayor of Oakland in 2006) was frothing-at-the-mouth angry with Mayor Quan’s initial effort to replace West Oakland...