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Tweet Oakland News blog update as I work on a new set of Oakland videos including what is a controversial election recap with Alameda City Manager and friend John Russo. No word on the controversy – you’ll have to wait for the video which will be out before the end of this week. Now, let’s turn to the Oakland Army Base. On November 20th, Gene Hazzard, Oakland Photographer, activist, and friend, filled me in on his almost Captain Ahabish effort to reform the White Whale called The Oakland Army Base Project....

Tweet In a press release sent today, moments ago, the City of Oakland reports that there have been 1,127 total complaints related to the Oakland Police and Occupy Oakland. That’s not to report they were the fault of OO, but that they were directly the fault of Oakland police action. The City Of Oakland says “IAD (The Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division) has received 1,127 complaints, 90% of which came from three specific dates: October 25, 2011 (the first decampment), November 2, 2011 (General...

Tweet Yesterday, I had the fortune to launch on Zennie62 and also, get respond to some queries on Love, Health and Advocacy. I first met Tanya Love when she came to a house/store party I had in Uptown at Inkwell Tattoo Studio in February. I have been excited to watch how she has covered the Oakland council through Twitter. She left Wednesday night’s forum with more questions than answers and asked three more questions on her blog. I will be responding to them over the next few days. Here is what she asked & what I said...

Tweet 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 issues impacting our community, including improving public safety, creating jobs and smart growth, and prioritizing essential neighborhood services. I intend...

Tweet 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 wrote an account about the stretch of Oakland’s Broadway that starts at 14th and goes up to West Grand. She painted it as a part of Oakland that doesn’t...

Tweet Keywords: Orb, Oakland, Apple iTV, Joe Costello, home digital entertainment, zennie62, zennie abraham This is a blog post that was originally at Zennie2005.blogspot.com, but was not imported to Zennie62.com. It also appears on SFGate.com. So, I figured it was high time to reuse the text for content here on our new blog. Here’s the text: For...

Tweet 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...

Tweet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan returned from a trip to Brazil and in general a number of travel obligations that kept her out of Oakland far more than she was in it over the last five months, and to a swarm of controversy about her 100-blocks initiative that, on Wednesday June 27th at 2 PM, degenerated into the most disastrous press conference this blogger...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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:...

Tweet 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 to Oikos University, opened fire, and killed 7 people. According to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, One L. Goh, the 43-year-old man at the center of the...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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. Moreover, Bonta put out the video apparently not to be seen much (it had only 49 views in about two years before I found it), because the ability...

Tweet 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...

Tweet My friend Doug Thornton, the man who saved the Louisiana Superdome, and who’s SMG’s Senior Vice President for Stadiums, sat down with me to talk about how the Coliseum has progressed since he came on the scene representing SMG in this capacity, and about the competition with AEG (known for developing LA Live) to run the Coliseum in the future – a brass knuckles showdown. Doug’s home is New Orleans, but, and in recognizing his years of expertise and cool under pressure, SMG expanded his role to...

Tweet 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. (Although the flirty older woman who offered a lot of information in an equally flirty way had actually with some guy I figured she came with, but wanted to...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet Occupy Oakland has given rise to a party that, for a long time, seemed almost dead in Oakland: The Green Party. Oakland Politics – or to be clear, politics in Oakland, California – has always been marked by wild, turbulent events and eras that left the city vastly different than it was before. Arguably, this first started with the Civil Rights Movement and the emergence of the Black Panthers, which gave birth to a non-profit community watchdog tradition. A habit reflected in the actions of organizations like...

Tweet 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...