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Tweet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan just sent out an email that basically reminds the Golden State Warriors that Oakland exists. That’s the best way to put it since 90 percent of the local media (except this blogger) was ready to already send the Warriors to San Francisco without even a ground breaking ceremony. (Which, I think, most of the media believed the Golden State Warriors Owners party was on Tuesday. It sure as hell looked like one, but the difference is there was no dirt or shovels.) If you didn’t see the...

Tweet The feeling here is the Golden State Warriors event announcing plans to build a new arena while in the not-yet-paid-for Oracle Arena could have set the climate for a lawsuit. Basically, by all but completely dissing Oakland in stating their love for San Francisco and implying that San Francisco had better leadership and a more desirable venue than...

Tweet 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...

Tweet Angela Woodall’s fun to argue with, even if this blogger can’t get a word in edge-wise. What the Oakland Tribune Reporter did on Thursday was call me to complain that I mentioned her extensively in my recent blog posts (haven’t done a video yet) about the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex, and blast me for my expressing what...

Tweet Oakland’s Joe Tuman called to explain that he’s not really running against Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan yet, but that he’s filed papers that would allow him to establish a bank account, and set up the necessary legal infrastructure to run for office – against Kaplan, if he decided to do so. Taking on Rebecca is something that’s on his mind, but Joe’s playing it safe, trying to assess his chances of winning. Also, Joe did not call the Tribune; the Tribune called him....

Tweet Joe Tuman v. Rebecca Kaplan would have gained more attention if Tuman (hint to Joe) embraced Social Media. But before we get to that, the news is that Joe Tuman filed papers to run against Rebecca Kaplan for the Oakland City Council At-Large Seat she currently holds, and for this November 2012 election. Kaplan now has a challenger and a formidable...

Tweet If we are going to get any serious community policing and divert our young offenders into any kind of restorative justice programs, we need to stop wasting our time with our community-policing-through-regressive-parcel-tax Measure Y. http://www.measurey.org/ We can also do without Measure B that we had to pass later to keep from losing the whole thing because the city did not meet the police staffing levels it promised. I am sure that some will be happy to hold up a laundry list of numbers lauding the accomplishments...

Tweet Another step in the Oakland Police Departments work to rebuild its relationship with the Oakland Community – and this is a good one. Read from Oakland Local: Meet Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, his executive team, other members of the department and the different services they offer during OPD’s first-ever open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Friday, May 4, at the Police Administration Building. In the past, OPD has come under a lot of scrutiny regarding its handling of the Occupy Oakland encampments...

Tweet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan did what Ron Dellums and Jerry Brown did not do: get together Oakland business leaders and have them (in this case) actively express their support to keep the Oakland A’s in Oakland. In the case of Brown, Sports Agent and friend Leigh Steinberg and I met with him in August of 1999 and gave him a 10-point action plan of work regarding getting the Super Bowl to Oakland. Three of the things Brown was to do was to contact Oakland business leaders; Jerry Brown did nothing. Normally, the press...

Tweet Oakland MayDay went off without a hitch, at first – but then… Frankly, I had so much backlog from my New York NFL Draft trip, and interviews conducted before that, that the idea of adding to it with more videos gave me a belly ache. I’m just one person. Plus, the only reason I’d go down to the MayDay march of May 1st was to get material for a potentially viral video, like this one: That’s what the Occupy Movement has degenerated into: a constant meme of the activist being beaten by the...

Tweet The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority agreed to start negotiations with AEG to take over management of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex from SMG. That marks the first time since the Coliseum was turned over to private sector management of any kind that SMG was moved out for another organization. SMG’s involvement with the Oakland Coliseum dates back to 1997, when the 1.1 million annual bond payment that went to run Coliseum Operations – and expertly ran by Bob Quintella and...

Tweet The Oakland Builders Alliance, the advocacy group for Oakland’s Commercial Real Estate Industry, has a new executive director. And I’m proud to say she’s my business partner Beverly Rivas! Here’s the announcement: Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA) Announces New Executive Director Oakland, California (April 18, 2012) – Beverly Rivas, social media and marketing entrepreneur, has been appointed Executive Director of the Oakland Builders Alliance (OBA). Over the last three months, Rivas has been...

Tweet Happy Easter Sunday from Georgia, where I spend about half my time these days, as my Mom’s here! But, as always, I have to blog about Oakland, and will return soon. I hope you’re able to visit the Oakland International Film Festival this Sunday – well, today. The effort, in its 10th year, and headed by David Roach, is an excellent...

Tweet According to a press release from Coorigan Sports, the producers of The Oakland Running Festival that was held March 26th, and which includes the Oakland Marathon and 5K, ran up (How’s that nod to Old Media?) a $3.5 million economic impact for Oakland. Here’s the release: Baltimore, MD (April 5th, 2012)–The third annual Oakland Running Festival (ORF) contributed an estimated $3.5 million to the city’s and state’s economy according to a recent study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute...

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 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 the April Fools joke was in bad taste. I disagree. But so we can move on to more important issues in a terrible Monday in Oakland, I created this video: The...

Tweet Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana made a statement that, had I been her communications representative, I’d step in to clean up, and then give her a private tongue-lashing for doing. In this exchange with Occupy Oakland sympathizers, Santana was asked what the Oakland Police were doing in harmfully, physically removing homeless people...

Tweet People claiming to represent Occupy Oakland are back in trouble against today, and that’s no April Fool’s joke. According to the Oakland Tribune and ABC, on Saturday night damage was done to Starbucks, Patelco Credit Union, and Quiznos, and “paint vandalism” was done to Clorox and Wells Fargo buildings. And that was after this...

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...