Oakland News Now Daily Jan 29th 2023: Mayor Thao Disses Oakland Exec LaTonda Simmons – Vlog


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This is the fifth edition of what is a daily video-blog in the tradition of Rocketboom and called Oakland News Now Daily with some Herb Caen mixed in. And since what Rocketboom was and who Herb Caen is (I prefer that to “was”), let’s get started.

First, my apology for unintentionally getting off a daily routine. I have had a health challenge that caused me to just get more rest; now that it’s over, I am back in the saddle. Simply put, what happened was a type of blood pressure medicine assigned to me by Kaiser is one I am allergic to: Liprosil. As soon as Kaiser discovered the problem, I dumped it. The reaction was rather bothersome: fluid that developed in my right jaw that moved to my mouth and lips. Fortunately, and again with Kaiser’s help, and God’s blessing, I was able to take the right medication to get back to normal.


It’s January 28th, almost the end of the first month of 2023, and Oakland still has no replacement for the outgoing City Administrator Ed Reiskin. The name announced, Steven Falk (who was with Oakland before, two years ago) will not arrive until March. Talk about a leadership gap.


During the search for a replacement for the outgoing City Administrator Ed Reiskin, Mayor Thao told Oakland Assistant City Administrator LaTonda Simmons that she “found someone with more experience” to replace Mr. Reiskin. LaTonda has logged 20 years and 8 months with the City of Oakland. Thao has not selected anyone who has more experience within the City of Oakland than LaTonda. Everyone who knows Oakland believes LaTonda should have been the next City Administrator after Ed Reiskin.


Fitzgerald Park in Oakland City Council District Three has had someone shot in the face today, a possible homicide on Christmas Eve 2022, homicide on November 28th 2022, and is the focus of a Department of Justice investigation. If we’re not going to close the park, then at least get some security down there, and pay for it as part of a tax increment financing program.


Everytime there’s a murder in Oakland, or now Mayor Thao’s placement of Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong on leave, there’s a public meeting of what to do.  This habit started with The Pandemic.  So far, none of these gatherings have led to an adopted solution.  How about no meetings and more action?


The Oakland Secret Film Festival is seeking submissions and the deadline is February 10th. The submissions must be at or less than 20 minutes long; anything over that will be rejected. Go to OakSFF.com for more information and to submit your movie. Good luck!

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