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Tweet Generally supporters of a person running for office are asked to lend their name, then sit back and watch the candidate go. That’s all well and good, but in the case of media and social media, a good midcourse correction is in order. Thus this point regarding the actions of two Oakland City Council candidates this space has expressed support for: Mario Juarez and Sean Sullivan. First, some house cleaning. In the 21st Century, media is a do-it-yourself affair. The trouble is, most people over the age of 40 don’t...

Tweet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is perhaps the most absent-minded Mayor of Oakland in our modern history. Thus, to accuse her of transparency smacks of nastiness, not the activity of a journalist. This blogger points to the work of a local online publication The Bay Citizen, where for some reason Jennifer Gollan and Shoshana Walter (who should know better) elected to break out the tried-and-true “Let’s get Jean” strategy for investigative journalism. Yes, the Bay Citizen wants to show its saving investigative...

Tweet Oakland’s used to hearing about the focus of crimes being Black or Latino males – well, we have a turning point. Perhaps a combination of the changing demographics of Oakland, and a large influx of young people who are white, and the overall high unemployment in Oakland, and other factors, but the fact remains, this message posted at the Adams Point 14x Yahoo Message Group was totally out of the ordinary for Oakland’s Lake Merritt area, and in particular for Adams Point. In honor, I will call this “The...

Tweet While at the Democratic National Convention, this blogger made a point of seeking out members of the California Delegation to talk to whenever possible. Mario Juarez, who I’m backing for the Oakland City Council District Five Seat, is one of those people. When I saw him, Mario, who’s making his second run for Oakland City Council in four years, was sitting next to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan – they kindly made space for me to sit with them. Mario talked about the message of the convention, but while he...

Tweet The Oakland City Council District Three Race is a not one, not two, but three – a three-way tie according to a new poll released today. Meanwhile, Amy Lemley is the clear leader in the District One Race to fill the seat currently held by Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner, who’s running for Oakland City Attorney. A Poll On Backyard Slaughter The poll was conducted by Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter (NOBS), and done primarily to gauge how Oakland residents in District One and District Three feel about...

Tweet Was Alan Blueford killed by the Oakland Police? There’s a small, but growing, group of people who say the Skyline High School student was. But chances are you’re reading this and don’t even know what this story is about. Moreover, there’s a better chance you are reading this and don’t know Oakland. This is directly from the website Jutice4AlanBlueford, so that all of the info is correctly presented: Just after midnight on Saturday May 6th (2012), Alan Blueford and two of his friends were...

Tweet The Oakland Raiders are two early losses into a young 2012 NFL Season, and given than problems on the offensive side of the ball were pointed to by this blogger in preseason, it’s time to push the panic button. There’s no reason to believe this team will beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday of next week. In looking at the Oakland Raiders opening plays against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, it’s clear the Fins came out with a clear strategy: give the ball to Reggie Bush early, and often. The Dolphins...

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 Last night (August 29th) I attended the debate between four of the five Candidates At-Large for a seat on Oakland’s City Council at the Kaiser Center. In attendance were candidates Incumbent At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, District Five Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, Theresa Anderson-Downs and Carol Lee Tolbert and the big topic of the night: gun violence.  This wasn’t too much of a  surprise of course as Oakland has kept its lofty position on America’s Most Dangerous Cities top ten list...

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 If you think it’s easy to just file a lawsuit and collect millions from a medical malpractice issue via court, think again. This blogger video-blog-interview with Oakland Personal Injury Attorney Robert G. “Bob” Schock reveals that California has a 37-year-old law that caps any damage award at $250,000. Moreover, Bob calls on...

Tweet In this Oakland News, we take a look at the meaning of a small set of recent endorsements in the Oakland City Council District Three Race. It’s logical to think that these gestures of support are largely a sign of love for the candidate. It’s not. It’s actually a signal that the backer hates someone else who’s running. Remember, this is Oakland, where the crab-barrel mentality flourishes. Someone’s not happy unless they’re taking down someone else. Classy? No. Fact? Yes. First, some...

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 Over the past five years, Oakland, California, this blogger’s home, has developed (and this is strictly by observation) a new populations of people, the majority of which are white, that has started to transform Oakland such that we’re seeing a new and unprecedented wave of restaurants and shops, and a kind of political view that’s so apolitical it renders predicting elections almost impossible. The first time the idea that Oakland was changing in this way came to my mind after talking with person after...

Tweet 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...

Tweet In this Oakland News this blogger has a lot to say, some of it may not make certain people happy, but turning 50 turns on switches in people, and that includes me. Specifically, I refer to the Oakland City Attorney’s Race and my personal dilemma regarding whether to support the incumbent Barbara Parker, or current Oakland District One Councilmember...

Tweet Oakland News comes forth, and I’m just playing catchup. That said, I must be doing something right: my face is one of the top five results of a search for #Oakland on Twitter, as of this writing. That means I’m a top Oakland influencer in social media! How about that! Enough of me; it’s football season, again! And to kick it off,...

Tweet The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber Of Commerce has announced its schedule of debates between candidates for various Oakland offices. Here it is: City Attorney August 21 Tuesday Waterfront Hotel Jack London Square District Three August 22 Wednesday Z Cafe – 27th & Broadway 27th & Broadway District One August 27 Monday College Ave. Presbyterian Church 5951 College Ave. District Five August 28 Tuesday Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center ...

Tweet This is a message that appeared on the Adams Point Yahoo Message Board: I have lived in Adams Point for 13 years. I reported suspicous activity Friday morning to the non emergency OPD line. I want to make sure that you are aware of it as well. Friday morning at 8:10 am I left 377 Palm Avenue headed to work. While standing in front of the building zipping my jacket a man approached me in a work vest. He identified himself as a Cal Trans worker and said that he needed to get into the building to check our meters. He started...

Tweet Here’s the latest update on the San Francisco / Oakland Transbay Terminal Project, from the press release on the effort to build a new SF Transbay Terminal: Friday, August 3, 2012 – Sunday, August 12, 2012 This week at Transbay… REMINDER: The Fremont Street temporary bridge installation will be performed over Labor Day weekend, with Fremont Street closed from Friday, August 31 through Tuesday, September 4 at 5:00 AM. This is a full closure of Fremont Street between Howard and Mission Streets. Though we will...