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Courtney Ruby: Oakland Auditor Quit Running For Mayor After Racism Claims, Back In

Courtney Ruby, the Oakland Auditor, likes punishment; that’s the only logical reason available for why she elected (no pun intended) to announce that she’s back in the Oakland Mayor’s Race, after having backed out of it due to claims that she was being racist – including from this blogger. Maybe Courtney Ruby thinks memories are […]

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Deanna Santana: Oakland City Administrator Wants To Hide In Closed Session

The Finance Committee of Oakland’s City Council is scheduled to consider the job classification of personnel who will intake complaints against police officers on Tuesday morning. But in an email to Committee members, City Administrator Deanna Santana requested that the item be ‘deferred’ to a closed session discussion on Sept. 17th. Why the need for […]

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Will the Mayor’s Proposed Budget Rebuild Oakland’s Police Department?

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 114 Montecito, Make Oakland Better Now! will sponsor a public forum, “Can Oakland Afford to Be Safe?,” featuring Chief of Police Howard Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and key staff members to discuss the connection between Oakland’s budget challenges and the need to rebuild the […]

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Oakland City Auditor Wrong: Staff Asked Black Local Firm To Front For White Livermore Company

A key part of the “non-interference” report issued by Courtney Ruby, the Oakland City Auditor, and that blamed Councilmember Larry Reid (District 7) and Councilmember Desley Brooks (District 6), leading this blogger to brand it as racist, was proven to be completely wrong in a bombshell speech and interview at last night’s Oakland City Council […]

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Art Murmur – First Friday Oakland Shooting Focus Of Monday Meeting

The City of Oakland’s Communication’s Department sent over this recap of a Monday meeting on the Art Murmur – First Friday Shooting of two weeks ago, with Mayor Jean Quan as host, together with Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan, Councilmember Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, and Oakland residents and business owners. […]

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Oakland City Council Approves Bratton Contract At 2:17 AM

Arlington, VA – Thanks to Sean Maher, from the City Of Oakland’s press information office, this media release has the details behind last night’s Oakland City Council meeting and the vote on the contract to hire the controversial William Bratton as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department: The vote on the Strategic Policy Partnership […]

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City Of Oakland: Oakland Police “Flawed Response” To Occupy Oakland Oct 25th Protest

The City Of Oakland admits what many have known for months, and almost cost Oakland Mayor Jean Quan her job, a successful recall effort would have given her one of the shortest executive careers in public sector history. It caused a full-scale war pitting the Oakland Police against Occupy Oakland protestors and OPD or law […]

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Oakland’s Deanna Santana’s Insensitive Remark To Question About Homeless

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 from Oakland City […]

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Jerry Brown Destroys Oakland: City Layoffs, Deficit, After Gov Kills Redevelopment

Any doubt about how California Governor Jerry Brown feels about Oakland, where he was Mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007, should be erased after his action to eliminate local redevelopment agencies state wide, one that will have a dramatic impact on Oakland, unless it’s blocked. To understand why, consider that the City of Oakland’s […]

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Oakland Mayor Quan, Don’t Fire Anne Campbell Washington Over A Hug!

Now that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan did a good move in bring Anne Campbell Washington back to Oakland, this blogger has one request: don’t fire her for hugging someone who may disagree with you! Because that’s exactly what happened to Anne Campbell Washington in 2008. Washington, who comes from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of […]

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Oakland Mayor Santana Names Interim Chief, Where’s Mayor Quan?

The email from the City of Oakland’s media contact had a title that was clear as a bell: “Oakland City Administrator Appoints Howard A. Jordan as Interim Chief of Police.” So, this blogger immediately thought it was a misprint. After all, the Oakland City Charter that now-California Governor, and then Mayor Jerry Brown worked hard […]