Tag Archives: police commission

Judge Thelton Henderson

Judge Henderson, Overseeing Oakland Police Reforms for 13 Years, to Retire Future of OPD compliance to court-mandated reforms uncertain

Thelton Henderson, the federal judge who has overseen the reform of the Oakland Police Department for over a dozen years and has a long law career stemming back to the Civil Rights Movement, will be [...]
Photo courtesy of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters.

Oakland Progressive Campaigns Score Major Victories Overwhelming Wins for Renters Protection, Police Accountability, Rebecca Kaplan

Local community organizations and progressives are celebrating overwhelming victories for improved renter protections (Measure JJ), police accountability (Measure LL) and the reelection of At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, a champion of police reform and affordable housing [...]
Lynette McElhaney and Peggy Moore

Oakland Council Candidates’ Finance Statements Reveal Big Spenders, Large Campaign Debts

Campaign finance statements of Oakland City Council candidates were officially released last week, revealing large unpaid expenses in at least one campaign and heavy contributions by real estate developers and the police union in others.
Noel Gallo and Viola Gonzales

Noel Gallo Faces Viola Gonzales in Oakland District 5 Race Gallo popular for backing renters’ protection and police commission

In the City Council race for Oakland District 5, incumbent Noel Gallo is facing off against Viola Gonzales, who previously served on the Oakland Board of Education as an appointee of then-Mayor Jerry Brown.
(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 [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf. Ben Margot/AP

Did Mayor Schaaf Intimidate Council Members to Vote to Enhance Her Power?

Only two members of the City Council – Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan – were willing to stand up for a motion to deprive the mayor of the power to appoint three members of the [...]
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.
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]