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Chair of Oakland Chamber of Commerce May Have Violated Oakland Campaign Finance Law for Years

March 13, 2019


  Oakland public records suggest that Robert Zachary Wasserman, the Chair of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, violated Oakland’s Campaign finance laws from 2017 to 2019 campaign cycles. Oakland’s Campaign Reform Act forbids individuals, companies or organizations or their principals from donating to city candidates from the time they begin negotiations with the city–defined as […]

Sutter Hotel Owner Sues City of Oakland Over Residential Hotel Conversion Ban

February 27, 2019


584 14th St LLC, the owner of the Sutter Hotel,  filed suit against the city of Oakland last month in an attempt to invalidate recently passed City of Oakland rules that bar  demolition or conversion of residential hotels (aka SRO hotels). 584 14th St also seeks an injunction against the city to prevent it applying […]

An Ugly Night at the Oakland Police Commission: A Commissioner Quit, Another Left, And Quite a Few Regrettable Public Statements Made

February 19, 2019


“This is one for the record books”. That’s the last audible statement on the official city video record of the February 14, 2019 Oakland Police Commission Meeting. The voice is that of Commissioner Regina Jackson, the newly elected Chair of the Police Commission, after having called the adjournment and wearily rising from the center Chair. […]

Extremely Civil Parasites: Post-Election Reports Detail One Lobbyists Inordinate Control of Oakland Politics

February 3, 2019


Semi-annual financial disclosure reports were handed in to the Oakland Ethics Commission Friday, and they reveal vast–actually unprecedented–spending in the 2018 city council and mayoral elections. Specifically, the anti-Desley Brooks PAC started by Police Commissioner Jose Dorado, Oaklanders for Responsible Leadership […], reported final fund-raising of $163,000, and spending of $195,000. This was by far […]

Targeting Troublesome Women: A New Alliance of Polluters, Developers & Trades Unions Attacked Social Justice & Environmental Candidates in 2018 California Elections

January 9, 2019


I did a few deep dives into the institutional attack on Oakland’s District 6 council person, Desley Brooks this election season. Beginning early in the year, Libby Schaaf and her allies in both city government and local media dug deep into Brooks and hit bone, manufacturing, inflating and exploiting at least two scandals with lots […]

End of Year Piece: PACS for Polluters and Gentrifiers Find Labor Allliances; the Police Commission Puts the We in its Woes; and Tuff Sheds Move to East Oakland

December 29, 2018


2018 was a big year for Oakland news, but there were several news stories with potential effects that will be felt for years to come that also occurred with less or disjointed attention. I chose to focus on three areas of reporting and analysis this year: the city’s homeless management regime, the Police Commission’s first […]

Oakland’s District 6: A Referendum on Big Money & Dirty Politics

November 4, 2018


I’ve written extensively about where the money for the opposition to Desley Brooks in District 6 comes from. For a deep dive, read here. But before the election on Tuesday, I wanted to make one last argument about what the origin of the money means, and how it reflects on the candidates running against Brooks. […]