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California State Controller John Chiang has dropped what looks like a legal bomb on the City of Oakland. What I wrote in the last blog post (where the State’s full report is included) was: “The City Of Oakland’s in huge trouble, to the tune of $170 million, unless it can successfully challenge John Chiang, The State Of California Controller’s claim that it failed to transfer $170 million to a specifically designated “successor agency”, as part of the elimination of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency in 2011. ” Here’s...

UPDATE: City Of Oakland’s Response To California Controller On ‘Misdirected’ Assets The City Of Oakland’s in huge trouble, to the tune of $170 million, unless it can successfully challenge John Chiang, The State Of California Controller’s claim that it failed to transfer $170 million to a specifically designated “successor agency”, as part of the elimination of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency in 2011. As you may recall, if you pay attention to California politics, California Governor Jerry Brown successfully...

Joshua Daniels is a name you know if you, for whatever reason, follow the Twitter hashtags #Oakland and #OakMtg. He posts there on what seems to be an every-other-day basis. In fact, that’s how this blogger – er, me – got to become acquainted with him. Though relatively new to Oakland, like many who fit his profile of white, male or female, and between 20 and 40 years of age, Joshua Daniels cares about Oakland. So much so that he has made a habit of following Oakland politics, restaurants, and people. He’s come...

Disco Volante Oakland has closed. Disco Volante in Downtown Oakland, at 347 14th Street, is a very popular eatery and entertainment spot that I didn’t get to spend as much time in as I would have liked to for various reasons. And as I write this, I’m out of town again. The last time I was there was to interview Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby for what turned out to be an epic 24 minute video posted April of 2011: And since then I’ve been pissed with her actions leading to a report that’s racially divided...

The Oakland Grand Lake Business District, which for the purpose of this blog post I will say covers the triangle formed by Grand Avenue, Mandana, Lakeshore, and finally Lake Park Avenue next to the Grand Lake Theater and the Saturday Farmers Market, has been the scene of one-too-many crimes featuring at-large criminals – in other words, people who have not been caught. The latest one was the Grand Lake nail salon heist, where three masked people with guns stormed into the Grand Nails at 3667 Grand Ave at 6:10 p.m and about an...

Joe Tuman, the professor and political television commentator, Oaklander, and friend of this blogger, finally decided to run for Mayor Of Oakland for a second time, and after almost saying he was going to do it again, almost the moment the 2010 Mayor’s Race ended. Standing next to Oakland City Hall’s north said entrance, and with a small group of supporters, including former KPIX anchor Dana King, Tuman said that his focus will be public safety, the often times emotional Tuman talked about a number of incidents of crime in...

Oakland Councilmember And Oakland City Council President Pat Kernighan (District 2) continues to hone and refine her new role as Oakland’s version of the The Emperor from Star Wars. Joining with Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby in an unholy tag team that was first against Oakland’s two black councilmembers, Desley Brooks (District 6) and Larry Reid (District 7) they’ve now elected to zero-in on one of them, Brooks, just to make it all a bit more digestible. The fact is, all of this is being done because there are...

UPDATE: Oakland’s Kernighan Ignores Info Exonerating Desley Brooks From Censure Oakland Councilmember Pat Kernighan (District Two) has elected to push an agenda identified by many as racist, in the action of first, singling out, then calling for the punishment of Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks and for requesting City of Oakland staff to do work in such a way as to allegedly violate the Oakland City Charter Section 218, when the Oakland City Auditor’s Report that made the claim against Brooks, also accused the entire Oakland...

The Oakland Raiders proposed 50,000 seat stadium for Oakland at the current Oakland Coliseum site, and part of the planned Coliseum City development, is 20,000 seats less than the minimum seat capacity requirement a new or existing NFL city stadium must have to host a Super Bowl game. This came directly from Greg Aiello, NFL Senior Vice President of Public Relations. In an email, Mr. Aiello said: That number is below our required number of seats for a Super Bowl (70,000) but it would be up to the Super Bowl Host Committee and the...

Famed Oakland Lawyer John Burris, once called “Oakland’s Johnnie Cochran,” once again talked to me about the George Zimmerman Trial – this time about the verdict. On Saturday, a jury of five white women and a Latino woman, found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder. The outcome was shocking to this blogger; not to some others – a few who are legal experts. But for John Burris and the outcome, he said “I was not surprised at the verdict. But I was disappointed. I thought the prosecution had brought...

In the wake of the George Zimmerman Verdict, Downtown Oakland was once again the focus of the window smashing work of anarchists, some who have been incorrectly identified as being with Occupy Oakland. Bar Dogwood on 17th and Telegraph got the brunt of the violence, as its windows were smashed, once again. That is a small, woman-owned establishment trying to make a go of it in Oakland. The one man who did this had a black scarf over his face – reportedly the man was eventually found, and it was said beaten to a pulp. None...

On Thursday night, Oakland’s KTVU Channel Two News Anchor Tori Campbell said that the television organization received the names of the pilots of the Asiana Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last Saturday (SFO). Ms. Campbell said the names were Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, and Ho Li Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. Because the information was later said to have comes from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), no one at KTVU bothered to question the names. They just went on and reported the...

Coliseum City Oakland Gets Bay Investment Group: Rashid Al Malik, Colony Capital LLC – UPDATE The Oakland Raiders are the reported target of Ed Roski, according to another well-placed source with knowledge of the situation. That’s two sources who have confirmed that the Oakland Raiders are the focus of a buyer, and while that’s far different from an actual deal to purchase the organization, it’s a signal that, if Raiders Owner Mark Davis decides to sell the Raiders, it would be because there is an actual buyer....

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash landed at San Francisco International Airport, and brought front and center this blogger’s worst fears. See, I land at SFO at least twice a month, and at runway 22-R or 28-L. This is what it look like to land at the point where that plane crashed. There were 307 aboard and 2 dead, and reports that some passengers fell out of the plane’s tail section, and there were bodies on the runway. But exactly what happened to Asiana Flight 214 from Korea? This blogger thinks it was windshear,...

UPDATE: Was Windshear The Cause? At around 12 noon, PDT, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 came in for a landing, but according to KTVU’s Frank Somerville, the plane came in for a landing but hit the seawall. From that, and from my experience in flying in to SFO, it sounds like the aircraft was coming in at runway 22-Right or 28-Left, which are such that if you don’t land it just right, you could hit the seawall. Here’s a video from Zennie62Media that shows how a plane lands at runway 22-R, in this case a United Airlines...

The Golden State Warriors just signed now former Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in a deal that sent reserve forward Richard Jefferson and reserve center Andris Biedrins to the Utah Jazz. Just as the deal was done, Mr. Iguodala sent a tweet to Stephen Curry that indicates their mutual objectives: Yo @StephenCurry30 LETS GET IT!!!! — Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 5, 2013 Now the question is, will Dwight Howard chose to join the Golden State Warriors, and effectively forming a new “big three” of Dwight Howard, Andre...

The BART Strike that has impacted the travel and commute patterns throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and especially from the East Bay to the West Bay, is over. BART released the following statement from General Manager Grace Crunican: “I am happy to announce the BART system will be open and fully operational at 3pm on Friday. I want to thank Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern and his fine mediation team for all their help and support in crafting this deal which will allow us to continue bargaining while running the trains. We look...

The new Oakland Wing Stop Restaurant on Lake Park was the scene of a crime that was too close to home for this video-blogger. Fortunately, the homicide suspects were caught and arrested tonight, according to Oakland Police, but the event happened just about an hour-and-a-half after I walked into the establishment. It was at about 10 PM Monday night, and I left FitnessSF with the idea of getting something to take home and eat. I’d never purchased anything at the new Oakland Wing Stop Restaurant on Lake Park, and so I figured Monday...

Bryan Parker’s campaign for Mayor Of Oakland is off to a rousing start. Already, the effort called “Movement 50” has gained $52,000 in campaign donations, and Mr. Parker’s Saturday fund-raiser drew a great mix of Oaklanders young and up, and involved. In the audience was San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Chip Johnson, long-time Oakland politico Carl Hackney, and California Commercial Investments Managing Partner Phil Tagami,and small business investor Lloyd Lawrence, to name some of the people who came to the...

The City Of Oakland Workers Strike means no parking enforcement work on Monday. The standard work of writing parking citations is not a police-done activity in Oakland. Parking enforcement is a public works operation, and is set to be impacted by the same one-day strike. What that means is simple: you can park anywhere, for as long as you wish, because there will not be Oakland Parking cars moving around with their drivers eager to write tickets. Given that the City of Oakland made something like $2 million in parking revenue last...