Seattle clamps down on UberX, Lyft, Sidecar – San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)Seattle’s city council on Thursday night took steps to limit how many cars UberX, Lyft and Sidecar can have on the road at any given time, an…

At Council Hearing, Calls for New York to Offer Homeless Children and Families … – New York Times

At Council Hearing, Calls for New York to Offer Homeless Children and Families …New York TimesMembers of the City Council pressed the de Blasio administration at a hearing on Thursday…

New York City Council Swiftly Passes Bill to Extend Paid Sick Days – New York Times

New York TimesThe new, more emphatically liberal City Council was in full swing on Wednesday, expanding New York’s law on paid sick leave from the watered-down version passed last year…

Could Gun Tracing Reduce Violent Crime in Oakland? – NBC Bay Area

Could Gun Tracing Reduce Violent Crime in Oakland?NBC Bay Area“The proliferation of guns on Oakland streets is a terror,” Libby Schaaf said. The Oakland city council member and mayoral candidate…

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,…

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committees, Feb. 25, 2014 – Oakland Local

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committees, Feb. 25, 2014Oakland LocalBE AWARE An additional item offered by Councilmember Libby Schaaf seeks to create a reserve for unfunded liabilities with $534,500. The…

Rawlings says Dallas hasn’t given up on notion of tearing out downtown freeway – Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning NewsThe state wants to rebuild Interstate 345, a 1.7-mile stretch of concrete linking Interstate 30 with Woodall Rodgers Freeway. But there is a push in Dallas to raze…

Denver considers expanding minority-contracting program – Denver Post

Denver considers expanding minority-contracting programDenver PostDenver would seek to nearly double the percentage of its construction spending that goes to businesses owned by minorities or women under a proposal the…

Urban beekeeping generates buzz in Los Angeles – The Columbian

The ColumbianLOS ANGELES — For three years, Rob McFarland has kept 25,000 illegal bees on the roof of his West Los Angeles home — but his hive might not have…

Oil and gas company sues city of Dallas over right to drill on leases – Dallas Morning News

Oil and gas company sues city of Dallas over right to drill on leasesDallas Morning NewsTrinity East Energy sued the city of Dallas on Thursday to recoup its investment in…

Joe Tuman Aims At Libby Schaaf, Jean Quan In Oakland Mayor’s Race Video

Joe Tuman has fired the first official shot in the unfolding 2014 Oakland Mayor’s Race. In a new YouTube video sent to supporters and called “Meet Joe Tuman,” Mr. Tuman…

Oakland: Police probe Schaaf swastika fliers – Contra Costa Times

Oakland: Police probe Schaaf swastika fliersContra Costa TimesOAKLAND — Fliers depicting a swastika on Libby Schaaf’s forehead were plastered throughout Montclair this weekend in an attack against the City Council…

Pat Kernighan: Oakland Councilmember Will Not Seek Reelection In 2014

Pat Kernighan, current Oakland Councilmember and President Of The Oakland City Council, has issued a note to her constituents that she’s not seeking re-election in 2014. Here’s the email she…

Oakland News: City Council And Police Radio: Will They Pick Alameda JPA Over Staff Ire?

This bit of Oakland News is, a more disturbing continuation of my Oakland Police Radio blog post of last week. It’s disturbing because several Oakland City staffers who I will…

Rob Ford: Toronto City Council Strips Mayor Of Some Powers

Rob Ford, in delivering a rather vulgar response to allegations of misconduct that were floated by the Toronto Police, angered that city’s city council. This is what he said: Reacting…

Oakland News: Schaaf, Kaplan For Mayor Of Oakland? Tagami Wants Oakland Trib

There’s a lot of Oakland News out there, so let’s get to it. First, I have it from several sources that Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaaf (District Four) is considering…

Oakland City Council Approves McElhaney Redistricting Plan

The Oakland City Council approved a redistricting plan that calls for the adoption of “Map 26,” a new map that was the design of newly elected (2012) Oakland City Councilmember…

Oakland City Council Redistricting Hearing Now: Maps 18, 21-28

The Oakland City Council is to take up the annually thorny issue of city council district boundary changes, or what’s called “redistricting.” Tonight, as I sit here at Oakland City…

Oakland Coliseum City ENA Approved By Oakland City Council

The Oakland Coliseum City ENA, or “Exclusive Negotiating Agreement” was unanimously approved by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night. (FYI: Councilmembers Larry Reid of District Seven and Pat Kergnihan of…

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…

Pat Kernighan: Oakland Council President Continues Racist Agenda v. Councilmember Desley Brooks

UPDATE: Oakland’s Kernighan Ignores Info Exonerating Desley Brooks From Censure Oakland Councilmember Pat Kernighan (District Two) has elected to push an agenda identified by many as racist, in the action…

City Council to Consider Adopting Budget and Amendments Tonight

Tonight, beginning sometime after 6:30pm, the Oakland City Council is expected to adopt the fiscal year 2013-2015 budget (item #9).  The importance of the budget can hardly be understated: this…

Make Oakland Better Now! Mayor’s Budget: Two Proposed Amendments – Part 2

Make Oakland Better Now! will be present at the next Oakland City Council Meeting on June 13th at 6:30pm to urge the City Council to adopt the Mayor’s proposed budget with…

Make Oakland Better Now! : The Mayor’s Budget And Two Proposed Amendments – Part 1

On June 13, Make Oakland Better Now! will be present at the Oakland City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m., urging the City Council to adopt the Mayor’s proposed budget with…

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…

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…

Come to Tonight’s City Council Meeting – Make Oakland Better Now!

Oaklanders who follow City Hall know that four public safety proposals are coming before the City Council tonight at its 5:30 meeting, as Council decides whether to: Authorize a temporary…

Oakland Mayor Quan Supports William Bratton OPD Contract

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a letter than may or may not bee seen or cared about as Oakland ponders Lance Armstrong and Manti T’eo. Mayor Quan is making public…

Is Chief William Bratton The Answer For Oakland’s Police? MOBN

Oakland is bringing in William Bratton as a public safety consultant.  Bratton made his name nationally as New York City police commissioner. During and after his tenure, New York significantly increased police…

Kansas City Uses AutoReturn: New Municipal Towing Management Solution

Say, if you hate going to tow yards in seedy parts of the city you live in (assuming you have suffered the misfortune of having your car towed) check out…

Oakland News: Oakland City Council Races 48-hrs Before Election Day

In this Oakland News you know it’s just 48 hours before election day when on Saturday night, you see Nyesha DeWitt’s campaign truck parked on Broadway at 10 PM. Have…

Four Years From Now In Oakland – Mario Juarez

At the end of my first term I ,Mario Juarez, running for Oakland District Five Councilmember,hope we have a safer city. I believe that Oakland’s biggest challenge is crime. Our…

Talking About Education In Oakland – by Sean Sullivan

TownPAC’s Executive Director Sean Ebon Glenn asks me, Sean Sullivan, about Education, Community Schools and how it relates to my city council run. I appreciate TownPAC’s commitment to education and…

Ranked Choice Voting Elections, 2012: Making Your Vote Count

Want to know about ranked choice voting? Read on. It’s a big election year. Those of you who vote by mail should receive your absentee in the mail any day,…

Sean Sullivan For Oakland City Council: Why I’m Running. What I’ll Do For District 3

I have been running for Oakland City Council since May 23, 2011 when I had my first house party in Adams Point. I’m running for Oakland City Councilmember because I…