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Activists outside Oakland City Hall raise a sign in support of the #ByeLibby campaign. (Photo from @surjbayarea/Twitter)

Oakland Approves Petition to Recall Mayor Schaaf

Now that the City of Oakland has approved a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, activists are hitting the streets to talk with residents and to collect signatures for their campaign.
Speaking at the news conference were (L to R) OPD Deputy Police Chief John Lois, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Four Police Officers Fired, Seven Others Suspended in Police Sex Crime Scandal “I am deeply sorry for the harm this scandal has caused,” says Mayor Schaaf

The City of Oakland this week concluded its administrative investigation of the sex crime scandal involving over a dozen Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers, which led to the removal of three police chiefs in one [...]
The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times.

Measure to Repeal California’s Death Penalty Qualifies for November Ballot

By John Myers, L.A. Times   California voters will be asked this fall whether to repeal the state’s 38-year-old death penalty, as elections officials announced Friday that an initiative to abolish the law has earned [...]
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Voters Will Decide on Recreational Pot Legalization

By Patrick McGreevy, L.A. Times   An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, and the campaign has a commanding lead in fundraising to [...]
A Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Photo via Facebook.

Oakland Bans Misleading Anti-Abortion Ads

Oakland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance recently tightening regulations around false advertisements by fake pregnancy clinics who suggest they perform abortions and instead try to dissuade people from having abortions.
(Left to right) Rev. Ben McBride, Rashidah Grinage, Noel Gallo. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Police Commission Will Be on November Ballot

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a November ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission, which will have the power to investigate and impose discipline [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.
Dan Siegel speaks at a press conference held by the Anti Police-Terror Project in front of the Oakland Police Department headquarters. Photo courtesy of Twitter/Terri Kay.

Hotline Established for Police Whistleblowers to Report Corrupt Officers in Oakland

Police accountability activists this week established an anonymous hotline for whistleblowers to report “corruption, misconduct and predatory policing” within the Oakland Police Department (OPD).   The hotline was set up by Civil Rights attorney Dan [...]
Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Loni Hancock met with panelists in Oakland to discuss bail reform for California on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Rob Bonta’s office.

Local Lawmakers Pushing for Bail Reform to “Fix Broken System” Bail bonds turn jails into a “debtors’ prison”

Experts, advocates and lawmakers gathered on Tuesday to discuss changes to California’s bail system, which often requires defendants to pay a fee upfront in order to be released while their case is pending.