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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Joe Tuman Announces Run for Oakland Mayor, With a Heavy Focus on Public Safety

by Steven Tavares
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Next year’s mayoral race in Oakland is certain to be dominated by public safety, and candidate Joe Tuman vowed today to make that the central platform of his campaign. The university professor and local television political analyst, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Oakland mayor in 2010, announced this afternoon his run to challenge Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in 2014 with plans to reverse the city’s nagging problems associated with violent crime, including adding up to 350 new police officers.

Joe Tuman at todays press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.
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  • Joe Tuman at today's press conference announcing his candidacy for Oakland mayor.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Must Reads: Oakland Council May Censure Desley Brooks; Waterfront Ballpark for the A’s Clears Legal Hurdle

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Desley Brooks could become the first Oakland city councilmember to be censured by her colleagues later this month for her apparent illegal actions regarding the construction of a swanky teen center in her East Oakland district. The Trib reports that Council President Pat Kernighan has scheduled a special July 25 council meeting for a possible censure vote, and said that censuring Brooks could help restore the public’s trust in local government. Brooks has been strongly criticized by several probes of her actions — including by the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury and City Auditor Courtney Ruby. But Councilman Larry Reid — Brooks’ closest political ally — said he does not believe that a majority of councilmembers will vote to censure her.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

AC Transit Board Member Joel Young Censured for Misconduct

by Steven Tavares
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The AC Transit Board of Directors voted 5-0 last night to censure board member Joel Young for violating board policies concerning its code of ethics and improperly using district property for personal gain. Board director Mark Williams abstained from the vote. The censure of Young included no fines or penalties, but it represented a significant, and unusual, public rebuke of an elected official.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday Must Reads: Assembly Speaker Perez Rewarded Big Fundraisers; Brown’s Budget Boosts Spending for Schools, But Nothing Else

by Robert Gammon
Wed, May 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Speaker John A. Perez rewarded politicians who raised the most funds to help elect more Democrats last year with prime jobs in the Assembly, the Center for Investigative Reporting reports. In all, Perez’s efforts pumped $5.8 million into campaigns to help Democrats win a super-majority in the Assembly. And then Perez handed out choice positions to the biggest fundraisers. San Diego Democrat Toni Atkins donated the most money — $282,000 — and Perez made her Assembly majority leader. Most of the cash raised by Democrats came from special interests with business in front of key committees in the Assembly.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Sean Whent Appears to be the Right Choice to Lead OPD

by Robert Gammon
Fri, May 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Some news media have portrayed the rapid change in leadership at the Oakland Police Department this week as evidence that the city is in “crisis.” And while it’s clear that OPD has been in crisis for a long time, the selection of Deputy Chief Sean Whent to take over as interim police chief today, replacing Acting Chief Anthony Toribio just two days after he took over for retiring Chief Howard Jordan, is a smart choice. In fact, the mistake that Mayor Jean Quan and City Administrator Deanna Santana made was that they should have appointed Whent to the top job on Wednesday.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Must Read: Californians Overwhelmingly Back Path to Citizenship; Governor’s Plan for Green Energy Funds Comes Under Fire

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. An overwhelming majority of Californians — 90 percent — supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants under certain conditions, the Bay Area News Group reports, citing a new Field Poll. The conditions include having been in the country for a number of years, having a job, and paying taxes. The Obama administration and Democrats also support the so-called path to citizenship but many Congressional Republicans are continuing to oppose such a plan.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Express Contributor Ali Winston Wins First Amendment Award

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Ali Winston, a freelance journalist who writes often for the Express, has won a Freedom of Information award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. Winston has authored a series of investigative stories on the Oakland Police Department over the past few years, detailing misconduct within the agency and its inability to live up to court-mandated reforms.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stop and Frisk Is a Bad Idea

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

The proposal to hire William Bratton, the former head of the New York and Los Angeles police departments, as a consultant to OPD has generated a firestorm of controversy in Oakland. Opponents of stop and frisk are worried that city officials will adopt the controversial police tactic at Bratton’s behest and justify their decision by pointing to Bratton’s nationwide reputation for fighting crime. And if the city were to do that — it would be a major mistake.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Another Labor Secretary from the East Bay?

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Two prominent East Bay residents are being touted as possible replacements for US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis who resigned Wednesday — Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Maria Echaveste, a lecturer at UC Berkeley law school who was President Clinton's deputy chief of staff. Echaveste also is married to Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley Jr.

Clinton's labor secretary, Robert Reich, also teaches at Cal.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Good and Bad of William Bratton

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Oakland city leaders, including Mayor Jean Quan, made a big deal recently over the announcement that William Bratton, the celebrated former police chief of New York and Los Angeles, is to be a consultant to Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan. But while aspects of Bratton’s record suggest that he could bring a strong, positive influence to OPD, there are parts of his background that should make Oakland leaders wary. In fact, officials would be smart to not treat Bratton as some sort of savior, and to think carefully before adopting advice that he may give.

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