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Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Secrets and lies and watermarks. If the Mayor wants to know why her administration looks so bad she has only to look in the mirror.

Posted by Lindsey Urbina on 07/21/2016 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Jamaal,
Please read the City Charter banning the Clerk from closed session is illegal and the Clerk does not under the City Administrator aurhority. The Clerk works for the Council. Council is the only body that can legally hire/fire the City Clerk. The meeting at the City open/closed are Council meetings not administration meeting. The Administrator is simply staff in those meetings. Lastly, just because someone has a degree doesn't make them smart or correct. It appears there is something personal going on between the City Administrator and the City Clerk. It should not however have an impact on the Clerk performing the duties outlined in the Charter.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/21/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Have a great day Tiffany ....this was fun:)
#kidsplay LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

You have the wrong person. But I see you have nothing of substance left to say so you're resorting to desperate personal attacks. I see why the work was too much for you. I really hope you're done this time. You dumb is showing.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Mrs Wheeler how do you go from being a Day care provider and watching my son for 10 bucks an hour in 2010 to ranking #1 on the Legislative Recorder list with no prior experience? Are you having fun at the DOE, or maybe I have the wrong person.....LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Ok. So be clear. You don't know me. If you did... You would know that you are ill equipped to continue this back and forth. Also, I'm using my real name so, unlike you I'm not hiding behind a pseudonym (fake name).

Now.. When I was hired at the city there was no list for Legislative Recorder. Another young lady and I were brought on as provisional. A test was created. I took it. Placed number 1 on the list and was hired permanently. I'm not sure where you got the information that I want hired over people that placed higher than me. It's simply a lie.

Also, LaTonda disclosed, prior to me being hired as provisional, that we had a prior relationship. It was no secret. There is no bombshell to drop. Everyone who needed to know... Knew. If they found out later it was none of their business to begin with.

To finish clearing up your lie filled post...I'll tell you that my reasons for leaving had nothing to do with the quantity of work. And it's none of anyone's business. I was doing more than my share of work long before I had to run the department by myself. I then continued to run agenda, including Council agenda and minutes, until a few months before I left. I didn't need overtime. I didn't need a ton of help. I just did my job. Everyone was doing multiple things. I didn't worry about what whoever should be doing. I did what needed to be done. I would have gladly gone back. I enjoyed my time at the City, because I did my job and left on excellent terms. So no...you don't understand me. Not at all.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I know who you are Tiffany. Your that personal friend of LaTonda's before your started working in her department. That she skipped over higher ranking individuals on your RANKING LIST to hire you! That was very unethical of her. FACTS on top of FACTS....

But you dont work their anymore, was doing all of Latonda's work too much for you...lol You you start to realize that doing City Council minutes was the City Clerk's job and not the Legislative Recorders job....I understand your painđź‘Ť

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

The City Manager saw it fit to BANNNNNNNN Latonda from Closed Session.

If you have to write paragraphs to defend her work ethic thats longer than her resume and educational accolades....I MISS THE POINT LOL LOL LOL

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Yes, something improper OCCURRED over a year ago, however there is no proof the City Clerk had anything to do with it. If you worked in the City...and in the Clerk's office it shouldn't surprise you that there were leaks. When I was there information was leaked all the time. I guess being fair doesn't matter to you, though. You do hold a grudge ma'am, because you are still providing no facts. I would absolutely fill out a speaker's card on July 26th, however, I don't think it will be necessary as the President of the Council has brought this legislation forward and ONLY council can pass a resolution to release the Clerk of her duties. After reading your last post, it is clear that a college degree does not equate to intelligence so I can see why she intimidates you. She would never make the grammatical, syntax or spelling errors that you did even with her "G.E.D.". I do not hide the fact that I consider her and Mike Munson close friends. That is why it is so personally offensive that you are trying to disparage both of them on this public forum by implying they are not intelligent enough to perform duties that you obviously couldn't manage yourself. Now, in my time at the City I heard nothing but accolades for her work. I DID have to work twice as hard to rebuild the reputation of past Legislative Recorders and even the ACC position as there was apparently some problems in THAT position historically. You hold no grudge, but felt it necessary to make her your profile picture. You hold no grudge, but you want someone that has many achievements and few (if any, failures) during her time in the Clerk's office to resign. Clearly, you don't care about the City of Oakland at all. Either that or you are just as immature as the current administration. If that weren't the case, your personal opinion of her wouldn't matter. You would be able to see past whatever happened more than 5 years ago, as I don't have a clue who you are and I worked there beginning in 2011, and focus on the duties of the Clerk and whether or not she's performed those duties effectively. You can take your petty platitude somewhere else. I don't need you to wish me a blessed day. I've lived a blessed life and will continue to do so.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Mrs Wheeler this is a public forum ..its called free speech..lol
....I hold no grudge. Facts are Facts. Something improper accurred in Closed Session over a year ago and the CAO BANNED Latonda from Closed Session!
If she is your close friend, fill out a speaker card on July 26 and tell the City Coucil that her higher education doesnt matter:) And her G.E.D. is suffice.
Have a blessed day because I amđź’›

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/21/2016 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

So Ms. Rahim, since only people that have education past high school can understand you, why don't you try talking to me? I graduated college with honors so I'm sure I'll understand. Where do you get off implying that someone is ill prepared for a job that she has done WELL for a decade because of her level of education? She was appointed and approved by the CAO and council of that time (all presumed college educated people) and they have had no problems with her work product or ethic since. Even if she was a whistleblower, which you cannot unequivocally prove and should not say unless you can, how is that a problem? Would you want a keeper of the record that was morally compromised? Do you even understand how that makes her ineffective? You sound bitter and spiteful since you clearly couldn't handle the job and speaking from experience you don't need a college education to do it. So let me be clear, the clerk and Mr. Munson are some of the most hard working, intelligent, informed people I know at the city. They are the people that everyone goes to when they need something. So if all you came here to do was feed some grudge you have because your work was subpar, you don't want it here. You can be mad, you can dislike her... Whatever but this is about her work. Unless you can talk specifically and factually about her work you need not comment anymore.

Posted by Tiffany Wheeler on 07/21/2016 at 3:24 AM

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Posted by Mushahid Hussain on 07/21/2016 at 2:58 AM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Since you only have a high school diploma it would be very difficult to comprehend my comments.....lol

Good night & thanks for sharing LaTonda's article. Sabrina (City Manager) is highly intelligent; she banned the City Clerk for the past year from Closed Session for a well deserved reason!!!!!

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 11:59 PM
Posted by Len Raphael on 07/20/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I was there, I worked for Ceda, I know all about it. it's not where you start it's where you finish. I started at the city as a student trainee, I manage KTOP currently. All I have is a HS diploma, but I work my butt off, and LaTonda is probably the smartest person in the entire city so not sure your point.

Posted by Michael A. Munson on 07/20/2016 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

Actually Michael Munson I resigned .... If you dont know LaTonda's eduational background, just google it...lol Its will tell you she didnt pass the 10th grade. Or ask her yourself. You shared this article on your facebook page thats how I know about it. And you can also ask her how she was a whistle blower for the former City Clerk Ceda Floyd its all PUBLIC RECORD & PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE!

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

First of all you know that's not true, and why don't you tell them why she terminated you

Posted by Michael A. Munson on 07/20/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

I've had a couple of dozen interactions with City Clerk Simmons or her department over the past few years. Under her supervision her staff performs their functions efficiently and courteously regardless of who you are or whether you politically oppose whoever is currently in the seats of Oakland power.. She is also one of the select few city employees who answers emails after hours and on weekends on time sensitive matters.

Let her do her job. She's good at it.

There should be very few closed sessions and only in very limited circumstances such as discussions of the litigation risks in law suits. Holding a closed session to say hide the City Attorney's opinion that a City decision was illegal, needs to be publicly disclosed, even if it costs us a lawsuit.

Posted by Len Raphael on 07/20/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

It's obvious you don't know the City Clerk she is one of the most respected Clerks in her profession. Jamaal, we're you working @ the City and have direct knowledge of why the prior Clerk left. If not don't spend rumors.

Posted by THERESA64 on 07/20/2016 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

LaTonda should kindly stepdown. As a City Ckerk all Closed Session documents should be protected and she took a Oath of office to protect them and she failed. She was a whistleblower in 2004 to oust former City Clerk Ceda Floyd to gain her position as the new City Clerk with only a 10th grade education. Sometimes its not about what you know...its who you know:)

Posted by Jamala Rahim on 07/20/2016 at 5:44 PM

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