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Tweet After years of trying, Rebecca Kaplan was elected Oakland’s At Large Councilmember in 2008. In doing so, she became Oakland’s first lesbian elected official, and the first woman to serve as At Large Councilmember. In this role as defacto Mayor of Oakland ( because she represents not one district, but the entire city )she has served admirably....

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...

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,...

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...

Tweet The latest Oakland News is that on her campaign website, Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan already calls her new challenger, Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente, a “serious challenger” and is using him to raise a new round of campaign money. Again, I think what Ignacio De La Fuente is about to do is a huge risk, but he may...

Tweet At 2:15 AM Thursday Morning a massive fire broke out at Mandela and 7th Street right next to the West Oakland BART Station. The fire spread...

Tweet Former Oakland Councilmember and City Attorney John Russo is now firmly planted in his office as Alameda’s first non-Interim City Manager in several years. He leaves Oakland after 16 years of service, and as he revealed during our talk, doesn’t miss Oakland’s City Hall, but still lives in Oakland itself. This is a brief recap of the...

Tweet Today marks the end of a long and exciting Oakland Mayor’s Race. This blogger has talked extensively on and off camera with all 10 of the candidates, created over 300 minutes of video interviews, and read a lot of information on all of them. Former State Senator Don Perata who will be the best choice for Mayor. The simple reason is, for all of...

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