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Friday, May 23, 2014

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Is Getting Married

by Steven Tavares
Fri, May 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Save the date, Oakland. Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan is getting married, she announced this week. Last November, according to Kaplan’s office, the at-large council member “got down on one knee,” placed a tanzanite ring on her girlfriend’s finger and proposed.

Kaplan and her fiancée, Pamela Rosin, both 43, are set to be married in a private ceremony on July 26. The couple met two years ago and now share a home in North Oakland.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Libby Schaaf’s Aide to Take On Desley Brooks

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks has a challenger in this year’s election, and she comes from the office of one of her council rivals. Shereda Nosakhare announced her candidacy today for the District 6 council seat. Nosakhare already knows her way around City Hall. She currently serves as a community advocate and policy analyst for Councilmember Libby Schaaf after stints at the district offices of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Alameda County Supervisor’s Keith Carson.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday Must Reads: Blackwell Sought to Leave Oakland Last Fall; Oakland Council Bumps Warshaw’s Pay By $165,000

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Oakland City Administrator Fred Blackwell, who is leaving this June to take over as CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, applied for the job last fall when he still was an assistant city administrator, the Chron and Trib$ report. Blackwell said he didn’t tell Mayor Jean Quan that he had applied for the other position when she promoted him to become Oakland city’s administrator a month ago, because he said he didn’t think he would get the San Francisco job. However, the San Francisco Foundation said it began to actively pursue Blackwell in January — before he accepted the city administrator’s position in Oakland. Quan, meanwhile, confirmed that she is appointing former Oakland City Manager Henry Gardner to take over on an interim basis from Blackwell in June.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oakland's New City Administrator Fred Blackwell Takes Job with San Francisco Foundation

by Robert Gammon
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Oakland's new City Administrator Fred Blackwell is planning to give up his post soon take over as the new CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, a major nonprofit. Mayor Jean Quan had just hired Blackwell after she had ousted former City Administrator Deanna Santana. Sources said Blackwell will remain in his current post until June, and then will be replaced by Henry Gardner, a former city manager. Gardner will be the interim city administrator while Oakland conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Abel Guillen Enters Oakland’s District 2 City Council Race

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Abel Guillen announced on Facebook today that he’s running for the open District 2 seat on the Oakland City Council. Guillen, an elected member of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees since 2006, is the fifth declared candidate in the November council race.

“I simply love this city. Oakland has played big role in my life, shaping my character and instilling my dedication to community service. Oakland’s challenges are many and varied, but the solutions lie in our neighborhoods, our communities, our schools and the people of our city. I want to make District 2 an example of how we can move Oakland forward, together and build together,” said Guillen in a press release.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Deanna Santana Out as City Administrator; Quan Names Fred Blackwell to Replace Her

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Deanna Santana is no longer Oakland’s city administrator, but it’s unclear whether she quit or Mayor Jean Quan asked her to leave. The Chron, which broke the story of her departure, reported that Santana resigned, although the paper also quoted Santana as saying that she and Quan had “agreed on a mutually beneficial exit strategy.” The Trib$, meanwhile, reported that Quan asked Santana to step down after Santana had unsuccessfully sought jobs in Dallas and Phoenix. Santana had become a polarizing figure in the city — she was well liked by moderates but progressives and organized labor couldn’t stand her.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Early Adopters: An Analysis of the 2013 Oakland Mayoral Money Hustle

by John C. Osborn
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

If money donated to candidates is an indication of how important the 2014 Oakland mayoral race is going to be, then this election is gearing up to be a serious clash of perspectives in how to tackle Oakland's biggest issues. This November, a vulnerable Jean Quan will defend the mayor's chair from at least ten candidates who have expressed interest in running and whose political views span the spectrum between strong progressive and intensely law and order. With $573,000 in cash pouring into the war chests of just five candidates in 2013 alone, this year's election is looking to be an expensive one.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Must Reads: Dallas Passes on Santana; Hot, Dry Weather Brings Bears Out of Hibernation

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Dallas City Council decided to pass on hiring Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana to be the city’s new city manager, the Trib$ reports. The council instead chose to give the job to Dallas’ interim city manager. Santana, who has made it clear that she wants to leave Oakland, was one of three finalists for the position.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Calls for $15 Minimum Wage, End of DAC

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Civil rights attorney Dan Siegel laid out a distinctively progressive platform as he formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Oakland today. Standing at what was once the main entrance to the Occupy Oakland encampment nearly three years ago, Siegel said his campaign aims to make the city safe — not by adding additional cops, but through economic equality, social justice, education, and public privacy.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuman Turns Broken Car Window Into Fundraising Vehicle

by Steven Tavares
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Over the past several days Oakland has been awash in positive news. First, came the news that the Brooklyn Basin housing development just south of Jack London Square would be fast-tracked and would include four hundred units of affordable housing. And then came the unveiling of a proposed new ballpark for the A’s at Howard Terminal on the city’s waterfront.

But Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman, who is challenging Mayor Jean Quan next year, is attempting to snap everyone back to reality.

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