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PolicyLink Oakland's Displacement Crisis by the numbers.pdf
Vital community members have been priced out of Oakland. The housing crisis is impacting workers vital to a functioningeconomy, with little tono options for low and even moderate wage-earners seeking housing on the open market.Number of Oakland units affordable for workers earningthe City of Oakland’s minimumof $12.55/hour7:Zero(Estimated salary of $26,104, or $20,282 after taxes = $508/month towards housing).8$2,272$2,850$0$500$1,000$1,500$2,000$2,500$3,000Jul-15Sep-15Oct-15Dec-15Jan-16Mar-16May-16Jun-16Aug-16MEDIAN MKT RENT FOR AVAILABLE 2BD APARTMENTSSource: Trulia
5Percentage of income an average Oakland minimum wageworkerwould have to devote for a 1BR apartment: 112%($1900 average market rent (Trulia)9out of total $1,690 estimatedpost-tax monthly income).Number of Oakland units affordable for workers with entrance-level teachersalary:Zero(Estimated salary of $42,497 per Oakland Education Association,10$31,634 after taxes = $790/month towards housing).Percentage of income an average workerwith an entrance-level teachersalarywould have to devote for a 1BR apartment: 72%($1900 average market rent (Trulia)out of total $2,636 estimatedpost-tax monthly incom
Oakland  housing  cost  data  teaching  fire  wages 
4 days ago by Quercki
Oakland women aim to ‘eradicate homelessness’ by fundraising to build cabin communities – Oakland North
she realized she “wanted to help eradicate homelessness in Oakland in her lifetime.” Smartt, who is a professional wedding photographer with no previous background in political organizing, said she’d never even walked through a homeless encampment before. But she did some research and realized that she had driven past what city government officials call a “cabin community”—a group of emergency shelters made out of Home Depot’s trademark Tuff Sheds.

In Oakland, these communities are set up by city officials, funded by a mix of private and public donors, and run by the Alameda County nonprofit Operation Dignity. Inside, each cabin is equipped with two tiny cots, a place to charge a phone, and a door that locks. Operation Dignity provides on-site social services to help residents find permanent housing.

This summer, Smartt set a goal of raising enough money to house 30 people in cabins—the number of people she estimated live in the encampment nearest her home.
Oakland  homeless  Piedmont 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Policing watchdog groups push for changes to Oakland’s Police Commission – Oakland North
Amalya Dubrovsky on September 16, 2019

On Thursday evening, about 30 members of local police accountability and activist groups met in the library of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute to talk about the Oakland Police Commission’s first 20 months and whether an amendment to city law is needed to ensure its independence and basic functioning.
Oakland  police  commission 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Judge: Oakland police still far from meeting civil rights reforms, 16 years later - Story | KTVU
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - When 119 Oakland residents sued the city because of a band of rogue officers who planted drugs and beat up citizens, the deal made at the time (2003) was this: The police department would pay the plaintiffs $11 million and agree to be placed under federal watch for five years. Orrick didn't go so far as to say that the department is backsliding. But he tempered OPD's successes, telling Chief Anne Kirkpatrick that he does not believe the department's problems have been solved, especially in terms of racial profiling. He also said he believes the end of the oversight, technically called the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, is a long ways off.

"I want to see actual progress and achieve constitutional policing," Orrick said. "I have not seen significant progress in critical areas of the NSA."

Kirkpatrick told the judge that she disagrees with this view, insisting "there has been progression, not regression… The message at OPD is clear. Enough is enough."

She added that in her opinion, her biggest challenge is not unconstitutional policing, but rather "the narrative that we are not moving forward." She then added: "We have failed in explaining our progress.

Orrick didn't appear satisfied with Kirkpatrick's answer. "I'm not interested in PR releases or status reports," he said.
Oakland  police  oversight  2019 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland police ID suspect killed, officers involved in fatal shooting - Story | KTVU
Posted Mar 15 2018 10:14AM PDT

Updated Mar 15 2018 10:16AM PDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - Oakland police identified a man that officers shot and killed near the MacArthur BART station as 32-year-old Joshua Pawlik.

Police also identified the officers involved in the fatal Sunday shooting as Sgt. Francisco Negrete, William Berger, Brandon Hraiz and Craig Tanaka.

Police said they received a report at 6:17 p.m. Sunday of a man down and armed with a gun. When they arrived, they said the man was lying on the ground holding a semi-automatic firearm in the 900 block of 40th Street between two buildings. Police said officers arrived on the scene and tried to develop a "peaceful resolution," asking Pawlik to put his gun down. He did not comply, according to police.
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Police said they decided that Pawlik posed an "immediate threat" to police with "the risk of death or serious bodily harm." The officers then opened fire on Pawlik. Police did not specify how many times he was shot.

Police said they treated him for his wounds but he died on the scene. The officers were wearing body-worn cameras at the time of his death, according to police.

Negrete has nine years of experience in the Oakland Police Department, Berger and Hraiz have four and Tanaka has two. Police released a photo of the firearm they said they recovered after the shooting.
Oakland  police  killing  Joshua_Pawlik  2018 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Civil rights attorneys: Oakland police situation is 'intolerable,' department 'backsliding' - Story | KTVU
Federal monitor calls Oakland chief's findings 'disappointing,' 'myopic'

Here are some of the highlights:

Use of force: Oakland had been in compliance with its use of force policy and reporting since 2015. But in 2018, the court "re-activated" this task because there were concerns that the department was mishandling its recent use of force case and investigations. Between 2012 and 2017, the department's data showed a 75 percent drop in use of force cases, and in October 2018, those reported use of force cases dropped another 23 percent. An audit was launched to find out if this sharp drop was really true.
It turned out, they weren't, at least according to a "damning report" released last month by the police department's Office of Inspector General, Chanin and Burris wrote. The audit found that police have been "systematically" underreporting cases and not turning on their body cameras to support their positive statistics.

City response: "Some findings were disappointing," the city conceded in its court filing. But the city also noted that the inspector general's audit shows that the department "caught and swiftly corrected a reporting problem stemming not from failing structures or corrupt culture, but from policy and training ambiguities. As when the (Independent Monitoring Team) looked at this issue, OIG's findings did not show that officers used unwarranted force."
Oakland  police  OPD  racism  violence  monitor 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
How Prison Abolitionists Acquired a Former Baby Store in Oakland's Temescal District | KQED Arts
Where months ago the building’s blue facade advertised toys and car seats, now murals and slogans promote a world without incarceration. An image of a white dove ascends from brown hands, and a woman blows the word “Libertad” from a conch shell. Window banners mark local campaigns against police conferences and gang injunctions, and lettering above the 7,000-square-foot corner storefront’s entrance announces the new occupants’ intentions: “Building People Power.”

This will be the new national offices of Critical Resistance. The prison abolitionist group, cofounded 20 years ago by the activist and scholar Angela Davis, recently acquired the $3.3 million real estate through a young supporter who’s vowed to “radically redistribute” her inherited wealth, and is building offices and gathering space to share with allied groups. It’s an improbable fate for commercial property in an area synonymous with the city’s influx of young professionals.

And the unlikely deal required even more surprisingly interlocked interests: The Cabellos, who ran Baby World for decades, sold the building to Critical Resistance after rejecting offers from developers and corporate retailers (including one they blame for helping drive them out of business). They wanted to mitigate gentrification in North Oakland, and were endeared to the nonprofit’s politics by their harrowing experience of the United States-backed coup in their native Chile.
Oakland  baby  store  prison  abolition  donation 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Schaaf’s “Safe Parking” Site Had Intended Consequences | Hyphenated-Republic
2019-07-13_13-25-53-e1564708276546.pngWhen Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and her City Administrators unveiled the city-run “Safe Parking” site in late June, Schaaf and her administrators made it clear to the invited coterie of corporate news reporters that the city would soon ban overnight parking in the adjacent 85th/Edes corridor. Though warned well ahead of time, no reporter from any local print or broadcast media was on alert for the coming eviction. You can consider this reporter an original source for that data, because I was the sole journalist who reported the arrival of courtesy towing stickers three weeks later on July 11. The square orange stickers the size of a magazine festooned nearly every vehicle along the corridor, warning current inhabitants that they had 72 hours to vacate the area, or be subject to citation and tow.

Dozens of vehicles that had found safe harbor on the corridor for years now had to flee to other parts unknown, and with many adjoining corridors already blocked from overnight parking, this meant they would have to migrate to already congested areas in East Oakland’s poorest neighborhoods. And that was the good news. Many of the corridor’s inhabitants lived in non-functioning vehicles—unregisterable beaters they’d bought for pennies to strictly live in, or vehicles that had once been sound and had broken down over time.
Oakland  homeless  solution  fail 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Can police data predict how ‘bad apple’ officers influence their fellow cops? New study says yes. - Chicago Tribune
For years, researchers and police officials across the country have mined data such as arrest and shooting records to examine how criminals influence each other’s behavior — and in the process try to predict who might be the next gunman or victim.

A study to be released Thursday takes the same approach but looks at whether data on police themselves can help determine if officers with complaints of using excessive force can influence a colleague’s chances of being accused of similar conduct.

The answer is yes, said the study’s co-author, Andrew Papachristos, a Northwestern University sociologist who has done extensive work on studying networks of gun offenders, including in Chicago.
police  violence  data  solution  Oakland  Riders  Kirkpatrick 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland police under-reported uses of force, especially on people of color, audit finds -
An internal Oakland police audit found that officers failed to report using force against a suspect in more than one-third of instances studied in 2018, and all of those unreported incidents involved a non-white suspect.

The audit, completed by the department’s Office of Inspector General and released this week, expands on previous internal and external reports that found that the departments’ celebrated decline in use-of-force incidents was likely exaggerated.
Oakland  police  violence  lies 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Exploring Sausal Creek: Ancient Redwoods And Ohlone Roots | KALW
We pass under Hwy 13 and walk a short distance to where the trails fan out through the Oakland hills and examine a large map of the Sausal Creek watershed at the kiosk just off the paved road. As Dodson explains, “This is a really popular trailhead to Joaquin Miller Park, we’re at the lowest part of Joaquin Miller at Palos Colorados trail.”

The Palos Colorados marks the end of my hike with Stan Dodson. It’s also a juncture for this story because - as I learned later from an Ohlone Indian tribal council member at a cafe near the University of California in Berkeley — it was near the Palos Colorados that some of the East Bay’s first people made their homes for centuries.

Vincent Medina introduces himself in Chochenyo, the ancient language of his ancestors: “I’m Vincent Medina and I’m a member and I’m a council member for the Muwekma tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Medina, along with many descendants of Chochenyo-speaking Ohlone in the East and South Bay, re-established themselves as the Muwekma Ohlone tribe about 30 years ago.
Sausal_Creek  Ohlone  Chocheynyo  Oakland  parks 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Bay Area Toile · Flavor Paper

Comedy troupe The Lonely Island teamed up with artist Matt Ritchie and Flavor Paper to create a limited edition artist’s run Bay Area themed toile wallpaper. The wallpaper incorporates Matt 136’s original artwork of Bay Area legends, such as rappers Too $hort, E-40, Humpty Hump and Mac Dre as well as culinary icon Alice Waters, football hall of famer Joe Montana, political activist Angela Davis and newscaster Dennis Richmond as well as classic bay area landmarks. “We were inspired by Mike D’s ‘Brooklyn Toile’ wallpaper. It’s a way to celebrate the Bay Area even when you no longer live there” said Lonely Islander Jorma Taccone. “Matt created a beautiful hand drawn toile that represents what it’s like to grow up in the Bay.”

Maquette photo by Jen Siska shot in Fiorella in San Francisco.

Each $200 order comes with one “A” roll and one “B” roll, each 24” wide x 10.5’ tall—giving you up to 48” in total width. The rolls are printed on our Pre Pasted, Pre Trimmed, PVC Free paper—perfect for a DIY installation.

“Mac Dre and Alice Waters? That’s the Yay to me.”

— Jorma Taccone
Oakland  wallpaper 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Mayors in Alameda County want shuttered jail converted into homeless shelter -
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office closed Glenn E. Dyer Jail last month as a cost-cutting measure amid declining inmate populations and rising incarceration costs.

The mayors from 14 cities proposed the jail conversion this week at a meeting with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, where they asked for more support from the county in dealing with the homeless crisis. The number of shelter beds available is not enough, they said.

“This is an incredible opportunity because it’s this huge piece of land in little downtown Oakland with multiple buildings that could be redeveloped,” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín. “I do think given the severity of the crisis, we do have to think outside the box. We’ve seen a significant increase in unsheltered homelessness. We need more space for shelter. We need more expanded mental health services.”
Oakland  East_Bay  homelessness  jail  building  solution 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland homelessness surges 47% — per-capita number now higher than SF and Berkeley -
In the count taken in January using federal guidelines, Oakland had 861 sheltered people and 3,210 unsheltered people, bringing the estimated number of homeless people to 4,071. In 2017, Oakland had 859 sheltered people and 1,902 unsheltered residents, a total of 2,761.

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The spike, which shocked many at City Hall, comes despite efforts by the city to tackle the homelessness problem, including the creation of community cabins and the opening of a safe RV parking site.

“Of course, it is disappointing ... that we’ve had the highest increase, at least in the Bay Area,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “It shows that we need to do more; we need to do things differently and we need to act with a sense of urgency that is greater than anything we’ve seen in the past.”

Oakland’s homelessness rate is now 940 per 100,000 population, slightly higher than San Francisco, at 906, and Berkeley, at 898.

The city’s homeless population accounts for nearly half of Alameda County’s tota
Oakland  homeless  data  20190722 
july 2019 by Quercki
Oakland ordered to fire 5 officers in fatal shooting - San Francisco Chronicle, 7/19/2019
The Oakland Police Department must fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man last year, a disciplinary oversight panel ruled, in a case that has pitted the department against its court-appointed monitor.

The Oakland Police Commission’s disciplinary committee made its decision July 9 in the 2018 shooting death of Joshua Pawlik, and the department released the panel’s seven-page report on Thursday.

The Police Department offered no comment, but the city administrator said the officers will be given due process, including the opportunity to attend a disciplinary hearing.

The case stems from the March 11, 2018, shooting of 32-year-old Pawlik, who was killed just after waking up between two homes in West Oakland. Pawlik failed to respond to officers’ repeated commands that he take his hand off a gun. Police said he raised the gun and pointed it at them when they opened fire.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has supported the officers. An Oakland police investigative panel, the Community Police Review Agency, exonerated the officers in April, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges.

But the Police Commission’s disciplinary panel said in its ruling that body camera footage of the incident “speaks for itself.”
Oakland  police  shooting  killing  homeless  20180311  20190719 
july 2019 by Quercki
A Tale of Two Budgets | Drake Talk Oakland
The way it works is-the mayor proposes a budget with the help of the staff the mayor put in place. The city council then makes their own changes or amendments to that budget (after the Council President offers her version) then the Council negotiates as it hears testimony from the public-starting today June 10th- before coming to a final vote.

Mayors and city managers can be forgiven for underestimating revenue but city councils can also be forgiven for asking the hard questions, listening to their constituents and fighting for the possible.

We have elected, after a number of years of conservative and mayor-obedient CMs, a truly progressive council who are able to see the emergency we find our selves in-housing desperation, infrastructure failure and the continued monitoring of our police department by a federal judge-and believe that this a time to fund some of our overwhelming needs.
From Council President Kaplan’s Budget

“The Mayor’s budget assumes a first-year growth rate of 1% for General Purpose Fund unrestricted tax revenues……This growth rate is far below the historical trend of 7% annual average growth over the past 8 years, and long-term growth averaging 5.8% annually for the past 13 years. Notably, this long-term average includes the Great Recession (data provided in the City’s Preliminary Baseline Revenue and Expenditures Report, provided to Council on February 25, 2019). “
Oakland  city  budget  numbers  statistics 
june 2019 by Quercki
Oakland: Man shot to death outside recreation center named
Man shot in East Oakland Monday night identified
Police have still not found a motive or identified any suspects in the shooting

By Harry Harris | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm | UPDATED: June 6, 2019 at 4:21 am

OAKLAND –A 23-year-old man shot to death Monday night outside an East Oakland recreation center was identified by police Wednesday as Arlando Jefferson.

Police have not confirmed where he was living.

He was found shot about 10:49 p.m. Monday in the street in the 2700 block of 22nd Avenue outside the Manzanita Recreation Center, which was not open at the time. He was taken to nearby Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are trying to determine what Jefferson was doing in the area. He may have had relatives living nearby, authorities said.

No motive has been determined yet for the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Oakland  shooting  death  Arlando_Jefferson  20190605 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man shot and killed in East Oakland residential area – The Mercury News
Man shot and killed in East Oakland residential area
Police have not released a motive for the shooting

By Harry Harris | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm | UPDATED: May 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

OAKLAND — A 50-year-old man was found shot to death Friday afternoon outside an East Oakland home, authorities said.

Police were withholding the man’s name pending notification of his relatives. Police said he lived in the area but what his connection may have been to the home where the shooting happened has not been released.

The shooting happened about 3:14 p.m. Friday in the 10300 block of Foothill Boulevard not far from the Foothill Square Shopping Center. Police responding to the scene found the man outside a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting and have not said if anyone was arrested.

The killing is the 33rd homicide investigated by Oakland police this year. Last year at this time police had investigated 27 homicides in the city.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Oakland  shooting  death  killing  20190524 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man Critically Wounded In Shooting Near Oakland High, Suspect Arrested – CBS San Francisco
Man Critically Wounded In Shooting Near Oakland High, Suspect Arrested
January 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Filed Under:Crime, Oakland, Oakland High School, Oakland police, Oakland shooting
Police Cruiser. (Oakland Police Dept. Photo)

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man was critically wounded in a shooting near Oakland High School Thursday morning and a suspect was arrested a short time later, police said.

Oakland police officers responded at 9:49 a.m. to reports of gunshots in the 1000 block of MacArthur Boulevard, between Alma Avenue and Park Boulevard, police said.

A man found shot there was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police identified a suspect in the shooting and arrested him at 10:33 a.m. His name has not been released.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and anyone with information has been asked to contact the department’s assault section at (510) 238-3426.
Oakland  shooting  death  Oakland_High  20170112 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man Shot, Killed in Oakland Near Peralta Hacienda Park – CBS San Francisco
Man Shot, Killed in Oakland Near Peralta Hacienda Park
September 9, 2018 at 8:09 am
Filed Under:Fatal shooting, Gun violence, Oakland shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man was shot and killed in Oakland late Saturday night, according to Oakland police.

The shooting was reported around 9 p.m. near the intersection of 34th Avenue and Salisbury Street, police said. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. The victim’s name wasn’t released.

No further information was immediately available.
Oakland  shooting  death  killing  20190909 
june 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Police Investigate Fatal Downtown Shooting Sunday – CBS San Francisco
Oakland Police Investigate Fatal Downtown Shooting Sunday
December 24, 2018 at 5:40 am
Filed Under:Crime, Fatal shooting, Oakland, Oakland shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — At least one person has died following a shooting in downtown Oakland on Sunday night, according to police.

The shooting occurred around 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of Franklin Street, police at the scene said. The victim wasn’t identified and nobody else was injured.

Several units and police officers were at the scene of the shooting. Shell casings were on the ground on Franklin Street in front of at least one nightclub and evidence markers were also seen across the street as well.
Oakland  shooting  killing  death  2100_Franklin_Street  2018  20181223 
june 2019 by Quercki
4 People Shot at Downtown Oakland Bar – CBS San Francisco
4 People Shot at Downtown Oakland Bar
March 3, 2019 at 8:11 am
Filed Under:Crime, Gun violence, Oakland shooting, Shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Four people were in stable condition after being shot early Sunday inside a sports bar in downtown Oakland.

The victims, two men and two women, were shot shortly after 12:30 a.m. at the Halftime Sports Bar, 316 14th St., according to Oakland police.

A man was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Oakland  shooting  stable  Halftime_Sports_Bar  20190303 
june 2019 by Quercki
Shotspotter Activation Leads Oakland Police To Deadly Shooting Scene – CBS San Francisco
Shotspotter Activation Leads Oakland Police To Deadly Shooting Scene
May 15, 2019 at 7:00 am
Filed Under:Oakland, Oakland news, Oakland shooting, Shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A man was shot and killed near San Antonio Park in Oakland early Wednesday morning, according to police.

A ShotSpotter activation detected nine rounds being fired around 3:05 a.m. in the 1700 block of East 17th Street, police said. Officers arrived to find the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said there are currently no suspects.
Oakland  shooting  killing  20190515  San_Antonio_Park 
june 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Is Slowly Solving America's Rising Gun Violence Trend | HuffPost
As major cities throughout the United States have struggled to deal with rising gun violence over the years, one community in California is seeing a reversal of the trend in its own backyard.

Oakland has cut its annual homicides and nonfatal shootings by nearly half since 2012, a huge drop for what used to be considered one of the more violent cities in the U.S., according to a new report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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The reduction is no random miracle but rather an overwhelming effort made by the entire Oakland community to address some of America’s daily gun violence in a city whose communities of color also deal with intergenerational poverty, housing segregation and systemic racial oppression.
The Oakland Ceasefire Initiative
Oakland  gun  violence  murder  solution 
june 2019 by Quercki
How West Oakland Financed Its Own Grocery Store – Next City
One angel investor provided a $970,000 loan at a nominal interest rate for the project to finally acquire a site — along San Pablo Avenue, an important car and bus thoroughfare — in 2016.

With site control and more than a million dollars in shares sold to the public on their balance sheet, even more doors started opening up. Northern California Community Loan Fund and Self-Help Federal Credit Union combined forces to make a bridge loan to get demolition and construction started at the site.

Northern California Community Loan Fund (now known as Community Vision) later combined another loan with capital from three other sources into an $11 million New Markets Tax Credits transaction to repay the angel investor and the bridge loan, complete construction, and set aside some cash to purchase inventory once the grocery opened.

“We’ve had a lot of success with institutional capital, but none of it would have happened had we not been successful at the public investment campaign,” Ahmadi says. “That really set the stage, gave us money on the balance sheet and the overall credibility and the respect, that we deserved some attention.”

While the direct public offering was a new structure to Ahmadi, the actual work to raise the capital quickly started feeling familiar to the former nonprofit executive director. It started with emails, social media, phone calls. Ahmadi hosted weekly webinars and monthly “Front Porch” events at churches and other community gathering places. People stepped up to become “Champions,” viral promoters who would post on their own social media or send emails to their own networks and invite them to gatherings at their homes to listen to Ahmadi’s pitch. Some invested right on the spot.
community  investment  Oakland 
june 2019 by Quercki
Opinion: Mayor Must End Obstruction of Independent Police Commission | Post News Group
Oakland’s Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) released a shocking report on May 3 exonerating four Oakland police officers who shot and killed an unconscious man, Joshua Pawlik, on March 11, 2018.

According to the report, Oakland police spent nearly an hour observing Mr. Pawlik while he lay on the ground, yet it took mere seconds for officers to kill him as he allegedly began to regain consciousness.

In January 2019, internal investigations by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) concluded that the officers’ use of lethal force was “objectively reasonable,” and that only minor discipline should be imposed on two supervisors, Sergeant Negrete, and Lieutenant Yu, for leadership failures.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick then reduced the recommended discipline for supervisory failures, in effect, allowing her officers to escape nearly all responsibility after killing a sleeping man.

Kirkpatrick’s findings caught the attention of Robert Warshaw, a former police chief who serves as the Federal Monitor and Compliance Director for Oakland’s long-running Negotiated Settlement Agreement, a 2003 federal court settlement that was only supposed to last for five years.

In his report, Warshaw found that Kirkpatrick’s assessment was “disappointing and myopic,” and that OPD’s internal investigations were “deficient, non-invasive, and replete with leading questions that served as attempts to support the justification of the officers’ actions.”
Oakland  police  killing  homeless  Pawlik  sleep 
may 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Police Commission Rejects Report Exonerating Officers in 2018 Shooting – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) — Oakland’s Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to reject a report exonerating four Oakland police officers in the shooting of an armed homeless man in West Oakland in March 2018.

Commission chair Regina Jackson blasted the report as “flawed.” Jackson said the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) — the investigative arm of the commission which authored the report — conducted only one interview and failed to videotape the interview, as required by city ordinance. Jackson stressed that her objections to the report were about process and procedure, not the outcome of the report.
Oakland  police  killing  homeless 
may 2019 by Quercki
OakDOT’s 3 Year Repaving Plan is going before Council on Tuesday 5/7/19 – Transport Oakland
OakDOT is currently developing a 3-year repaving plan. The 3-year repaving plan proposed by OakDOT would:

Triple current spending on paving and make safety routine when we repave our streets;
Distribute 85 percent of local street spending using an equity formula that places equal importance on serving areas with higher underserved populations and fixing the worst local streets;
Prioritize locations where the most fatal and severe crashes occur;
Incorporate new curb ramps, sidewalk repairs, improved crosswalk markings alongside other improvements identified by the pedestrian plan and the draft bicycle plan; and
Provide opportunities for increased coordination with AC Transit to deliver transit spot improvements

Transport Oakland supports the enactment of safe, sustainable and equitable transportation policies. We believe that the proposed three-year paving plan is a well-crafted policy that represents a smart investment in Oakland’s transportation system.
Oakland  street  infrastructure 
may 2019 by Quercki
Police In California Are Killing Sleeping People - The Appeal
Police In California Are Killing Sleeping People
The fatal shooting by Oakland police of an unconscious man as he woke is putting pressure on the California department to rethink its deployment of force.

On March 11, 2018, a man was lying motionless on his back, eyes closed, alone in a narrow walkway between two houses on a residential street in West Oakland, California. He clutched a .22-caliber pistol in his right hand. The first police officer to arrive couldn’t tell whether the man was injured, had overdosed, or was asleep. Unwilling to approach the man alone, the officer called for backup.

Although they didn’t know the man’s identity—he was later identified as Joshua Pawlik, a 31-year-old homeless San Francisco resident with a history of mental health and addiction problems—dozens of Oakland police officers surrounded him in the alley in the 900 block of 40th Street.
Phillips asked for a command to fire a beanbag round at Pawlik. “That gun moves, bag him,” replied Berger.

Gaining consciousness, Pawlik slowly raised his head and lifted his torso. The officers screamed about 10 more commands to drop the gun. Pawlik’s shoulders lifted and in an instant, four officers—Negrete, Berger, Hraiz, and Tanaka—fired 22 rounds, killing Pawlik. Phillips also fired, but the beanbag round was superfluous.
Oakland  police  shooting  killing  sleep 
may 2019 by Quercki
These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area by Deonna Anderson — YES! Magazine
Sogorea Te comes from a history of Ohlone people working to gain recognition and access to land in the Bay Area. The name Sogorea Te is the Ohlone name of a site in Vallejo, California, where a cultural easement fight took place in 2011. LaRose and Gould’s first organization, Indian People Organizing for Change, was involved in reoccupying the territorial site for 109 days. During that time, together with the Yocha Dehe and Cortina tribes, they recreated a village site with a sacred fire and stopped development of a sacred site along the Carquinez Strait.

Owned by the nonprofit Planting Justice, the east Oakland plant nursery is planned to be transferred to the Sogorea Te Land Trust once the mortgage is paid in full. Photo by Deonna Anderson

The occupation led to the first cultural easement agreement among a city, a park district, and a federally recognized tribe. Gould says the easement allowed the tribe to have the same rights to that land as the other entities.

LaRose and Gould say they began Indian People Organizing for Change in 1999 to address issues relevant to their community, including homelessness and protection of sacred Indigenous sites. All of these issues, they say, are rooted in the same problem: dispossession from their people’s ancestral lands.

The issue of land return is particularly important for the Ohlone people who for centuries have had no land base and have been politically and economically marginalized. Today, the Ohlone are not on the list of 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
Ohlone  Sogorea_Te  Oakland  DeColonize 
may 2019 by Quercki
2019 Awards Sausal Creek Restoration | ASLA-NCC
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
Merit Award

Sausal Creek Restoration
Dimond Park, Oakland, CA
Restoration Design Group, Inc.
Lead Landscape Architect: Erik Stromberg, ASLA Restoration Design Group, Inc.
Client: Watershed and Stormwater Management Division, Bureau of Design and Construction, Public Works Department, City of Oakland
4 / 7

A failing culvert in a popular city park had blocked fish passage in a critical urban trout stream for over half a century. The creek banks were unravelling and the owner wanted to rehabilitate the park along the length of the stream. The Sausal Creek Restoration Project (Project) features 800 feet of improved creek habitat including better visibility of the creek, an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible interpretive pedestrian pathway, enhanced native rainbow trout habitat, new native trees and vegetation, and a new public restroom. The Project also improves water quality and flood control, reduces erosion, and helps protect the adjacent roadway and homes.
Oakland  Sausal_Creek  award 
april 2019 by Quercki
Oakland police chief defends officer discipline in Joshua Pawlik shooting – East Bay Times
By David DeBolt | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick defended herself in response to criticism over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man, telling a federal judge on Wednesday she “personally reviewed all the evidence.”

“I know this is not the time or place to litigate the specifics of the (shooting) but I do want you to know that I did not simply sign off” on the case, the chief told U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

In recent weeks, the federal monitor expressed disappointment in how the internal investigation of the 2018 shooting of Joshua Pawlik was handled. For example, monitor Robert Warshaw was upset that a sergeant in the shooting did not face stricter discipline.

Kirkpatrick, who was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, City Attorney Barbara Parker and several members of the OPD, also defended her department against claims it is sliding in its reform effort. Oakland is entering its 17th year of federal oversight, the longest such program in the country.
Oakland  police  murder  homeless  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
april 2019 by Quercki
Press Advisory-The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight | Drake Talk Oakland
April 2, 2019

San Francsico, CA. Today Attorney Pamela Price representing members of the Coalition for Police Accountability, a broad based group representing Oakland’s diverse communities, filed a Motion to Intervene with federal Judge William H. Orrick in the class action case that arose out of the Riders’ scandal. That case resulted in the Negotiated Settlement Agreement [NSA] which was intended to be a process to reform the Oakland Police Department.

The NSA which was initiated in 2003, was to last no more than five years. Sixteen years and many police chiefs later, the Oakland Police Department still has not been able to comply with the tasks imposed by the court. The City has spent more than $29 million paying the court’s monitor and compliance director plus legal fees to plaintiffs lawyers. Despite this, OPD is backsliding on tasks to complete the agreement.

OPD’s execution style shooting of Joshua Pawlik, a sleeping homeless man, last spring and the resulting botched investigation and cover up by the police chief convinced members of the Coalition that another approach had to be taken to move the department forward. As a result, nine members of the group have joined in the Motion to Intervene at federal court.
Oakland  police  settlement  federal  oversight 
april 2019 by Quercki
(34) Oakland Now! Oakland police sliding backwards on reforms
This case from "2003 and stemmed from the Riders case of rogue officers planting drugs and beating West Oakland residents."

John Burris and Jim Chanin, plaintiffs' attorneys: "If this negative trend is not reversed in short order, (we) will have no choice but to consider additional measures such as those which force” a motion calling for increased oversight."

"Rashidah Grinage, of the Coalition for Police Accountability, said Burris and Chanin’s comments reinforce the need to remove Kirkpatrick."

Robert "Warshaw (the court monitor) in documents released this month, criticized Chief Kirkpatrick for her discipline of officers and commanders over the 2017 shooting of Joshua Pawlik. Kirkpatrick went against the recommendations of the Executive Force Review Board, which called for harsher punishments."
Oakland  police  reform  oversight 
march 2019 by Quercki
Microsoft Word - OCA201107bEN.doc - oak031161.pdf How to file a claim with City of Oakland
Pursuant to California Government Code §§ 905 et. seq. commonly referred to as the “Tort Claims Act”, unless otherwise provided, a claim must be filed with the City if you are seeking money or damages from the City.
potholes  Oakland  damage 
march 2019 by Quercki
(34) Cathy Leonard - Proclamation by the Coalition for Police...
Proclamation by the Coalition for Police Accountability (Yes on Measure LL Oakland) calling on federal court monitor Robert Warshaw to fire Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.
Oakland  police  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
march 2019 by Quercki
City of Oakland | Boards & Commissions
Boards & Commissions

The City of Oakland has over forty Boards and Commissions that play a vital role in City government. Boards and Commissions serve as a mechanism for the community members of Oakland to bring issues of concern to the attention of the general public and the City Council.
Oakland  City  boards  commissions 
march 2019 by Quercki
FAQ City Charter Amendment Creating the Oakland Police Commission.pdf
ssued: October 10, 2017Revised:Issued by: Barbara J. Parker, Oakland City AttorneyI. INTRODUCTIONIn November 2016, Oakland voters overwhelmingly passed Measure LL, an amendment to the Oakland City Charter adding new section 604 to Article VI, which establishes a seven-member Oakland Police Commission (“Commission”) and the Community Police Review Agency (“Agency”). The Agency replaces the Citizens’ Police Review Board (the “CPRB”). Measure LL grants the Commission certain powers and duties related to the oversight of the Oakland Police Department (the “OPD”). Measure LL does not authorize the Commission to hold evidentiary hearings in matters related to police discipline. However, it does authorize the Agency to independently (and simultaneously with the OPD’s Internal Affairs Division) investigate certain complaints of police misconduct or failure to act, and to propose the Agency’s own findings and level of discipline.
Oakland  police  LL 
march 2019 by Quercki
Federal Judge Appoints Outside Attorney to Examine Oakland Police Shooting | KQED News
In an unusual decision today, U.S. District Judge William Orrick appointed Edward Swanson, an independent attorney, to re-examine an officer-involved shooting of a homeless man in Oakland last year.

The judge's order indicates that there could be differences ofopinion between the Oakland Police Department and its court-appointed monitor regarding whether or not police officers involved in the shooting violated department policies or the law, and whether any of them should face discipline.

The department has yet to disclose what its final findings are.

On March 11 of last year, Joshua Pawlik, 31, was lying on the ground between two houses in West Oakland when a police officer spotted him. Pawlik was reportedly unconscious and holding a pistol. Several officers surrounded Pawlik and took cover behind an armored vehicle.

When Pawlik woke up, officers repeatedly shouted commands to drop the gun. According to body-camera video released by the OPD eight months after the shooting, Pawlik attempted to lift himself off the ground when four officers opened fire, killing him.
Oakland  police  shoot  kill  sleeping  Joshua_Pawlik  independent  exam  court 
march 2019 by Quercki
East Oakland gunman Jesse Enjaian investigated for stalking during law school |
He went to Fremont's American High School where he was on the swim team and competed as a varsity shot-putter on the track team. A spokesperson for the school district says some of his instructors remember him as a good student who was a member of the computer club.

After high school, he spent two years at Ohlone Community College in Fremont. He went on to UCLA, where he did ROTC and graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Economics. The then earned a law degree at the University of Michigan in 2013, but while there, he had some problems.

In 2012, campus police investigated him for stalking a fellow law student. The woman complained that he wouldn't stop emailing, texting and trying to contact her. Police served a search warrant and confiscated Enjaian's computers but he was never charged with a crime.
Oakland  shooter  stalking  women  Ohlone_College  ROTC  Fremont 
february 2019 by Quercki
Jesse Enjaian: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know |
A University of Michigan law school graduate has been accused of shooting at police officers in Oakland. The suspect in the sniper standoff that took place on the morning of February 17 has been named as Jesse Enjaian, 32. CBS San Francisco reports that officers came under fire from a high-powered rifle after receiving reports of shots fired along Las Vegas Avenue in the city. A nearby highway was shut down and a high school was locked down as a result of the standoff. Enjaian eventually surrendered and was taken into custody by police.
Oakland  White  shooter  wounded  stalking  woman 
february 2019 by Quercki
(12) Oakland Now!
Yesterday the independent Oakland Police Commission held its first public hearing on the topic of “Policing in the Homeless Community” at the Taylor Memorial Church. It was awesome! Over 150 community members, more than one half of them from our “curbside communities” came to testify before five sensitive, attentive police commissioners. Also listening and hearing were Council members Fortunato -Bas and McIlheny, as well as staff members from the offices of three other Council members Kaplan, Thao and Gallo.
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability transported our unsheltered neighbors from many of the city’s seventy (70) encampments to tell of their difficult personal experiences and suggestions for improving policing practices. Volunteer men and women from the Skyline UCC and Plymouth UCC churches made yummy, healthy lunches for all. More volunteers provided professionally supervised child care for any children who accompanied their parent to the event.
Oakland  Police  Commission  homelessness  Measure_LL 
february 2019 by Quercki
After Three Years, Oakland Police Release Body-Camera Video of Demouria Hogg Shooting | East Bay Express
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After Three Years, Oakland Police Release Body-Camera Video of Demouria Hogg Shooting
But the footage still leaves questions about what happened right before he was shot.
By Scott Morris
click to enlarge A still from the video shows Oakland police officers trying to pull Demouria Hogg from the car after he's been shot.

A still from the video shows Oakland police officers trying to pull Demouria Hogg from the car after he's been shot.

The Oakland Police Department has released body-camera footage from the officer who shot Demouria Hogg over three years ago. Oakland police released the video in response to a public records request after repeatedly denying and ignoring requests for the video.

Hogg, 30, was found unconscious in his gray BMW 520i at Lake Park Avenue near Lakeshore Avenue on June 6, 2015. A gun was on the passenger seat, so when firefighters found him at about 7:30 a.m., they called Oakland police.

Police shut down the street, which is a highway offramp from Highway 580 near Lake Merritt. It was a Saturday and a weekly farmers’ market was underway nearby.

After officers tried unsuc
Oakland  police  killing  Demouria_Hogg 
february 2019 by Quercki
Juanita Miller ‘The White Witch’ | Rosamond Press
During my six months in Oakland, I was involved with a woman whose father owned a jazz and rock & roll record shop downtown on 13th & Franklin. In the fifties and early sixties, I learned from her that Juanita Miller, his infamous daughter, poet, silent movie actress, and contemporary of Isadora Duncan, still lived in the main house. As a movie actress, one of her famous hours occurred in Virginia City where, as the story has it, in the early Twenties she was starring in, I believe, a Western. It was noon. Juanita was early on into astrology. At lunch she climbed up and spread herself out – limb to limb- in the crown of a tree. When the Director called her to get back to work, she called down that she would not be back on set until she had finished having “intercourse with the sun.”
Oakland  Joaquin_Miller  daughter 
february 2019 by Quercki
Budget Explorer | City of Oakland
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Oakland  budget  data  **** 
february 2019 by Quercki
Renovated Kaiser Convention Center could open next year
2019 at 11:10 am | UPDATED: February 1, 2019 at 4:10 am

OAKLAND — After lying vacant for more than 13 years, the historic 105-year-old Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center at Lake Merritt could open its doors again next year as a restored theater, office, retail and restaurant space, with a terrace overlooking the lake and a new promenade.

The city-owned convention center — built in 1914 and designated a historic landmark — once hosted Martin Luther King Jr., as well as performances by Elvis Presley, James Brown and the Grateful Dead. It closed in 2005 as concert promoters started booking it less and the city lost money. The building has since fallen into disrepair.

The city in 2015 authorized Orton Development of Emeryville to renovate the building and today — a couple of years after an exclusive negotiating agreement between the two expired — the developer is seeking approval of its proposal and hopes to break ground this summer, with a completion target of late 2020. The proposal was discussed at a Design Review Committee meeting Wednesday and is scheduled to go before the city’s planning commission March 6, then to the City Council.
Oakland  Kaiser  auditorium  renovation  2019 
february 2019 by Quercki
Oakland calls Tuff Sheds a success; first village removed as lease ends - Story | KTVU
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Oakland's first 'Tuff Shed' camp is gone. The city's year-long lease with a private developer at 6th and Brush streets in West Oakland ended this month and the city took away the 20 sheds that could temporarily house 40 homeless people at a time.

"We always planned on having a short lease. We moved the left over cabins to storage and they will be used when a new site opens soon," said Joe Devries, Oakland's homeless coordinator

The city says the success rate here was extraordinary.
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Of the 74 homeless people who stayed here, 76 percent are now living in either permanent or transitional housing. They're off the street including those who had lived here when the camp closed three weeks ago

"The net impact we had on unsheltered residents on our streets was positive. That is why we are continuing to expand it," said Devries.

The success rate at the three remaining Tuff Shed camps is lower at 68 percent. Two more shed camps are expected to open in the next few months.

"This isn't housing. This is emergency shelter in a non-traditional way. And it worked," said Devries.
Oakland  homelessness  solution 
february 2019 by Quercki
Room for hope for homeless at the Holland in Oakland -
The Holland, a gray building on West Grand Avenue, hopes to replicate the success of the 137-bed Henry Robinson Center, which is also run by Bay Area Community Services. The Henry, as it is known, serves about 300 people per year. According to Bay Area Community Services, since the Henry opened in 2013, a whopping 88 percent of its clients moved to permanent housing within six months.
Oakland  homelessness  solution 
february 2019 by Quercki
Truthdiggers of the Week: Activists Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry
The struggle for dignity and respect is alive in women’s prisons.

On Monday, Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry won a $130,000 settlement from California’s Alameda County and the adoption of new, human rights-centered policies at the jail where they were held.

The four were arrested in 2014 during a protest in Oakland, Calif., in which demonstrators demanded that state Attorney General Kamala Harris prosecute police officers who kill civilians. They were charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
stallation of privacy curtains where female arrestees can be searched, provision of garbage bags in holding cells and menstrual pads to arrested women needing them, daily cleaning of the cells, and a 16-hour training program for jail deputies. Also, those conducting searches “cannot grasp or knead the arrestee’s body.” The changes are expected to be fully instituted within two months.

Fox-2 News reported that a portion of the settlement sum will be used to continue improving conditions at Santa Rita Jail, including making the policy changes known to those under hold there.

In their statement, the women said they “filed this civil rights complaint in order to be a voice for other women and demand they be treated with respect and human dignity.”
Santa_Rita  jail  2014  Oakland 
january 2019 by Quercki
(2) Oakland mayor announces a new partnership to house the homeless - YouTube
Oakland mayor announces a new partnership to house the homeless
Published on Jan 16, 2019
Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf announces a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente to get people off the streets and into homes. Kaiser plans to invest 200-million dollars into its thriving communities fund with the aim of helping reduce homelessness.
Oakland  homelessness 
january 2019 by Quercki
Oakland muralist committed to painting people and their places – CURRENTSF
“I didn’t set out to make art that just went into galleries that just a few people would see,” said Galvez, who’s worked on more than 40 large-scale murals in the course of his distinguished career. “Like portraits are a window into time and space, murals in particular give you an idea of what’s going on in the time and place.”

His recent commission for McClymonds High School is a nine-by-35-foot triumph for the artist whose murals occupy public spaces from coast to coast; a site-specific piece, once it’s dedicated in February of 2019, it will be in Oakland to stay.

“The murals reference people’s lives and where they live, so the art becomes part of the fabric of their lives,” said Galvez of some of his most-seen works, which include: “Carnaval” at the corner of 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, and two made with his sometimes collaborator, Jos Sances, “On The Right Track” at the Richmond BART/Amtrak/AC Transit Station and “Future Roads,” a tile mural at the 16th Street BART station.
murals  Oakland  Daniel_Galvez 
january 2019 by Quercki
Wife files suit in Oakland police tasering death of Marcellus Toney | Oakland North
By Miki KatoniPosted December 13, 2018 10:39 am

In the September, 2017, death of Marcellus Toney, there is one thing that is undeniable: He died in police custody after he was hit by a Taser. But exactly why he died and who is liable for his death is still unclear.

“I just hope that some justice comes out of this, that someone is held accountable, even if it’s Marcellus,” said Lamesha Smith, Toney’s wife.

Smith has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) is responsible for his death because officers “used excessive and unnecessary force” against Toney, and so is the City of Oakland, alleging it has failed to properly train and discipline the officers involved in Toney’s death.
Oakland  police  death  taser  killing 
december 2018 by Quercki
Oakland to Pay $60,000 After Police Officer Slapped 14-Year-Old Girl | East Bay Express
According to attorneys for the girl's family, a female police officer had told the girl she could remain in the car with her little brother while police arrested Williams and Singleton and secured the area.

But then officer Anthony Martinelli approached the car and ordered the girl to get out. The girl refused the order. In response, Martinelli grabbed her and pulled her out of the vehicle. Then, according to the girl's attorneys, "while an unidentified officer handcuffed [p]laintiff, [the girl] questioned [Martinelli's] actions. Due to [p]laintiff’s questions and in violation of the First Amendment, [d]efendant Martinelli brutally punched [p]laintiff in the face."

The City of Oakland doesn't dispute that Martinelli pulled the girl out of the vehicle and struck her, but the city's version of events differs in that Martinelli allegedly hit her with an open hand only to grab her attention, not to injure her.
Oakland  police  violence 
december 2018 by Quercki
Oakland Review Agency Exonerates Police Chief Over False Statements Regarding ICE Raid | East Bay Express
According to Oakland's Community Police Review Agency, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick did nothing wrong when she made multiple false and inaccurate statements about an ICE raid that OPD officers assisted in August 2017.

CPRA Executive Director Anthony Finnell closed the case and informed the Oakland Police Commission at its meeting last night about his findings.

But several commissioners expressed frustration with the results because of Finnell's refusal to explain exactly why he cleared Kirkpatrick, despite the existence of video in which the chief made false statements.

Commissioners also questioned why it took a year to complete the investigation.

And in a surprising revelation, Finnell also told police commissioners last night that they're not allowed to look at the contents of CPRA investigative files, even though they're tasked with reviewing cases and approving the CPRA's findings — and determining whether Finnell and his investigators are doing their jobs correctly.
Oakland  Police  Commission  Anne_Kickpatrick  lies  ICE 
november 2018 by Quercki
Oakland Police Commission Abruptly Fires Executive Director of Its Investigative Agency | East Bay Express
with a couple commissioners more so than others, centering around the fundamental issue of whether or not [Finnell] would grant them access to investigative files of complaints they want to see," said Rashidah Grinage, a member of the Coalition for Police Accountability, an activist group that campaigned for creation of the police commission.

But Grinage said it's just speculation as to why Finnell was fired, and that the commission might have and entirely different reason.

The Express was unable to immediately reach Thomas Lloyd Smith, chair of the Oakland Police Commission for comment.

Finnell isn't the first key staff member working under the commission's authority to depart.

Two weeks ago, the commissioners disclosed during their meeting that their legal counsel Meredith Brown had resigned. It's unclear why Brown left the commission, but like Finnell, she had clashed with some of the commissioners on several occasions regarding the commission's legal authority.
Oakland  Police  Commission 
november 2018 by Quercki
Study: Oakland's Ceasefire Program Curbs Shootings, Homicides
Violent crime is down overall in Oakland. Between 2011 and 2017, shootings with victims went from 710 to 340, a 52 percent drop.

Dr. Anthony A. Braga of Northeastern University and a team of researchers, however, compared areas of Oakland where Ceasefire was used and neighborhoods where it was not. The study, “Oakland Ceasefire Impact Evaluation,” also took into account population trends in Oakland and crime data in other California cities.

Among the key findings: Ceasefire is credited with a 31.5 percent drop in homicides involving a gun since it began in 2013. Shootings involving both gang members and non-gang members significantly decreased, but the decline was steeper among gang members. For example, Braga said the number of gang shootings in the two years before Ceasefire compared to four years after it was implemented dipped 43 percent. Non-gang member shootings were down 23 percent over the same period.

Of 12 cities throughout the state examined, the study authors said only two other cities, San Francisco and Stockton, experienced such significant reductions between 2010 and 2017. Richmond, East Palo Alto, Fresno, Sacramento and Long Beach were among the other cities.
Oakland  ceasefire  gun  violence  solution 
november 2018 by Quercki
Oakland’s new transitional housing aims to put ‘visual dent in homelessness’ - SFGate
The three-story, century-old property is expected to house 90 people for four- to six-month stays. It is an extension of downtown Oakland’s Henry Robinson rapid rehousing center, which is at maximum capacity and considered a “low barrier” way of getting individuals off the street.
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The city contractor that operates the center, Bay Area Community Services, will also run the new building, formerly known as the West Grand Hotel.

“We’re a harm-reduction model, so basically people can come in with an active substance-use issue, and we don’t turn them away,” said Jamie Almanza, executive director of the organization. “They can bring in their pets. They can bring in all their belongings.”

The existing downtown center places 88 percent of residents into permanent housing within six months of their moving in, according to the city.

Homeless people deemed to be the most in need — the elderly or those with chronic or mental health conditions — will get priority to move into the West Grand Avenue building. They will receive one hot meal a day and access to case workers who can help them get housing, government benefits, addiction treatment and legal documents, such as ID cards.

“The design of the model will actually put a real, noticeable, visual dent in homelessness because of the sheer volume of people it will be able to serve in a way that gets people permanent housing. It’s not a model where people stay and then return to homelessness, which many models unfortunately do,” Almanza said. “They don’t leave here until they find homes.”

The building, on West Grand Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northgate Avenue, used to be a single-room-occupancy building that was sued by the city in 2014 for being an alleged drug den and “unfit for human habitation.” Oakland inspectors had red-tagged it for fire- and building-code violations.
A census in 2017 found 2,761 homeless people were living in Oakland — 25 percent more than there were in 2015.
Oakland  homelessness  solution 
october 2018 by Quercki
Watch 'The North Pole' - Full Season Available Now!
The North Pole is a political comedy web series about three best friends born and raised in North Oakland, CA, who struggle to stay rooted as their neighborhood becomes a hostile environment. Across seven outrageous episodes, Nina, Marcus, and Benny fight, dream, and plot hilarious schemes to save the place they call home. Facing both gentrification and global warming, they combat evil landlords, crazy geoengineering plots, and ultimately each other.

Written and produced by Josh Healey, directed by Yvan Iturriaga, the series is executive produced by Movement Generation and co-produced by Darren Colston.
Oakland  video  series  gentrification  humor 
october 2018 by Quercki
Dan Kalb CityCouncil | Dan's Ballot Recommendations - Nov. '18
Local Ballot Measures

Oakland Ballot Measures:

Measure V – YES – Cannabis – Makes technical changes to Oakland’s cannabis business laws to allow for quarterly payments of taxes and deductions for raw materials for cultivation like other manufacturers already have. Also allows City Council to adjust down the business tax to keep the industry competitive in Oakland.

W – YES – Vacant Property Taxes – Institutes a tax on vacant properties to fund programs and services for the homeless, to provide funding to reduce and deter illegal dumping and blight, and to help preserve and create affordable housing. Establishes a city commission on homelessness.

X – YES – Progressive Real Estate Transfer Tax – Creates a tiered transfer tax on the sale of properties. Lowers the one-time tax for properties under $300,000. Increases the one-time tax on properties sold for over $2 million dollars. No change in the tax on properties that sell for more than $300,000 and less than $2 million. Also reduces the tax on low and moderate income first-time homebuyers, and allows for using a portion of the tax to fund seismic retrofit work or solar energy installation on newly purchased homes.

Y – YES – Just Cause Renter Protections – Removes the Just Cause exemption for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes thereby ensuring that tenants in these smaller buildings have the same eviction protections as tenants in other buildings including other duplexes and triplexes. Allows Council to create new limits on eviction, but does not allow Council to modify or take away any other existing exemptions.

Z – YES – Hotel Workers Protections – Citizen Initiative to create a specified minimum wage for hotel workers in Oakland and to create certain workload standards. Provides emergency panic buttons to hotel workers. Allows city to enforce hotel worker standards and creates a Department of Workplace and Employment Standards in Oakland. Hotel worker provisions only apply to hotels of 50 rooms or more.

AA – YES – Children’s Initiative – Citizen initiative parcel tax to fund early childhood and pre-school education in Oakland. Also funds the Oakland Promise to increase high school graduation rates and increase college readiness.
Oakland  2018  election  guide 
october 2018 by Quercki
West Oakland Walk
A 4.5 mile pedestrian/bicycle/transit "greenway" of existing city streets linking together 23 parks and 23 public places from Lake Merritt to Central Station.
The West Oakland Walk Proposal (W.O.W.)
Oakland  bike  walk  parks  tour 
october 2018 by Quercki
Investigators rip Oakland’s handling of police sex scandal - SFGate
The internal affairs investigator in charge of the sexual misconduct case worked with almost no supervision, spoke to the teen just once by phone, gathered no electronic evidence, ignored leads and brushed aside the advice of a deputy city attorney, Swanson and Barron said.

During an interview with the young woman, investigators leading the criminal probe did not stop her from deleting conversations she had with at least six officers on her phone — messages that may have included evidence of illegal acts, the report said.

In the presence of investigators, she “began deleting her messages with officers, covering the names of the individuals but stating they worked for OPD.” After one investigator asked her to stop, she “continued to delete the messages, counting out the officers one by one as she deleted her messages with each. ... Finally, the second investigator changed the subject, and (the teen) turned her focus away from her phone.”

One investigator called the teenager a “whore” while questioning an officer suspected of having sex with her. And one witness recalled that Whent called the case “bull—,” according to the report.

Schaaf and Landreth found out about the sexual misconduct allegations six months after the investigations were opened.

Whent abruptly resigned last June and was succeeded by a merry-go-round of department leaders over the following two weeks. Landreth oversaw the agency for eight months without a chief before Anne Kirkpatrick was sworn in as top cop in February.

The federal judge who has overseen the Police Department and its court-ordered reforms for more than a decade tapped Swanson and Barron to step in after an outside investigator hired by Schaaf to review the case failed to interview any witnesses or issue any findings or reports, even though she and her assistants were paid by the city for their work.

“Despite the fact that the investigation stalled, the City Administrator and the Mayor did not press the investigator to find out whether OPD’s investigation was conducted appropriately, nor did they inquire as to the status of the attorney’s investigation,” the report said.

The report suggests that federal oversight of the Police Department — which has cost the city more than $13 million in the wake of a landmark civil rights settlement stemming from the Riders police-abuse scandal — is not likely to end anytime soon.
Oakland  police  sex  crime  investigation 
october 2018 by Quercki
Oakland organization celebrates 40 years of prison policy reform and legal advocacy | Oakland North
LSPC was originally founded as an organization for women who were in prison. “Legal Services for Prisoners with Children was originally the Network of Women in Prison,” said communications coordinator Mark Fujiwara. “The original focus was on a small population of women who were overlooked, underserved and unnoticed, women who had families. Over time the organization made the decision to help incarcerated people instead of just women.”

There were three guest speakers at the gala: Journalist Mark Hill of BET News, Vonya Quarles, the executive director of Starting Over Inc., and Michelle Alexander, author of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Each spoke about the work they’re doing to advocate for alternatives to prison and the idea that it is not the only form of punishment that can be used.

Mark Hill, in particular, spoke about abolishing prisons and creating a new way for the justice system to respond when someone has done something wrong. “We have to get rid of this idea that justice means punishment. Our idea is that justice means punishment and for too many of us punishment means confinement.
prison  Oakland  justice  family  children 
october 2018 by Quercki
Sniper Who Fired On Oakland Officers Dies In Hospital « CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Police have identified the man who triggered a tense standoff with police after firing a high-powered rifle at officers and residents near Bishop O’Dowd High School Friday morning as Oakland resident Jesse Enjaian.

An Oakland police officer shot Enjaian, who had been firing on residents as well as officers responding to the incident.

He was transported to a hospital and listed in serious condition, but police issued a statement at 8:14 p.m. confirming that the shooter had succumbed to his injuries

Police said that Enjaian lived at 9512 Las Vegas Ave in Oakland, the location where the standoff took place. He was a 2008 alum of UCLA and a 2013 alum of University of Michigan Law School.

Enjaian was the co-founder and computer engineer at the computer company Oakland Microsystems.

Police sources confirmed to KPIX 5 that officers had responded to Enjaian’s house earlier this week regarding either threats or a report of a gun.

The tense situation came to an end shortly before 10 a.m. when the suspect was arrested and hospitalized after being shot, police said.

The California Highway Patrol said the gunman had been “disarmed and detained” and helicopter video showed him being loaded into an ambulance.

Oakland police said later that Enjaian was in serious condition.
Oakland  shooting  White  2017 
september 2018 by Quercki
San Francisco Bay View » When the white man who shot up an upscale Oakland neighborhood first shot me, a homeless man, nobody cared; I was the criminal
When the white man who shot up an upscale Oakland neighborhood first shot me, a homeless man, nobody cared; I was the criminal
September 18, 2018

by Patrick Reddic

Civil rights attorney John Burris holds a new conference to tell how Patrick Reddic (left), a homeless disabled man, was criminalized and his warning ignored when he was the victim of white shooter Jesse Enjaian, who later shot up his upscale neighborhood. Burris’ associates speaking to the press were attorneys Adante Pointer (far right) and Melissa Nold, out of view on the far left. – Photo: Jetta Rae, Hoodline

On Feb. 14, 2017, I was shot with a rifle by a sniper named Jesse Enjaian, a white guy. I was a homeless man sleeping in my car. I had parked for the night on the street in front of his house on the 9500 block of Las Vegas Avenue near Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland.

He shot out all four of my tires, all my windows, my dashboard got a bullet hole in it and my head was grazed by a bullet. I woke up to bullets flying, hit my horn, jumped out of my car and hollered for help.

Neighbors called the police. It was just before 8 a.m., and many were out getting in their cars to go to work or take their children to school. I’d been parking and sleeping on that block for a while and was known in the neighborhood.

I saw Jesse Enjaian standing in front of his house holding his rifle. I had no idea he was the shooter and asked him for help. He told me: “Get off my property, you fucking nigger! I’m the one who shot you.”

The police talked to seven eyewitnesses. Every one of them said that I was not the problem. “Jesse is the problem,” they said. “He’s got the gun.”
Oakland  shooting  White  Black  homeless 
september 2018 by Quercki
Step Towards Healing: Native American Holocaust Resources
Kanyon here, wanting to offer a little indigenous insight - around researching “ohlone or costanoan, or any indigenous peoples of the bay area”

When people take a moment to learn about the History of the territory (here in the Bay Area), and they want to learn or present about the local inhabitants before contact. There is a fair amount of information out there -- that is challenging to access.
Costanoan  Ohlone  East_Bay  Oakland  Native_American  Indigenous  Indian  resources 
july 2018 by Quercki
The Curious Case of the Backchannel Notebook: An Oakland City Council Mystery | Hyphenated-Republic
The Derby Street parcel is a city-owned plot of land in the Fruitvale district, purchased a decade ago with Redevelopment Agency funds for the express purpose of selling it for an affordable housing development one day.

But somewhere along the way, the city of Oakland had decided instead to sell it to a private company that develops both affordable housing and charter schools, the Pacific Companies. The Pacific Companies wants to build a new building and campus for Eres Academy, a charter school in Oakland’s Fruitvale, owned by the Aspire company. The new facility would be much larger and is part of Aspire/Eres’ planned expansion to a capacity of over 600 students.

This was the second time the sale of the Derby Street parcel to Pacific had appeared on the agenda at a full council meeting. The previous time, at a May 15th city council meeting, a mass community response against the sale–including an Oakland Unified School District statement opposing it–prompted the city council to pull the agenda item rather than vote on it under such a hot spotlight.

Between May 15th and July 10th, the city council had at least one closed-session meeting with the Pacific Companies’ representatives about the Derby Street sale. Following that meeting, the Derby street sale snaked its way back on to the city council meeting agenda.
Oakland  city_council  development  Aspire  charter_school 
july 2018 by Quercki
In 'Sorry To Bother You,' an Alternate-Universe Oakland Rings True | KQED Arts
If you feel your cheeks burning with familiarity as you watch Boots Riley’s directorial debut Sorry To Bother You, you're not alone—especially if you're from Oakland. Whether it's the film's reference to The Rusty Skupper, where Oakland party promoter Geoffrey Pete once threw parties, or the iconic Cathedral Building at Telegraph and Broadway, or downtown dive bar The Layover, I caught about 20 hot flashes as a veritable déjà-vu checklist unfolded on the screen. Telemarketing job with ex-punk middle management? Check. Boyfriend that lived in a garage? Check. Paying for gas for your not-even-close-to-legal rustbucket car with pocket change? You know it.
Sorry_to_Bother_You  Boots_Riley  movie  Oakland 
july 2018 by Quercki
Oakland to Settle False Arrest Lawsuit for $50,000 | East Bay Express
The city of Oakland will pay $50,000 to a Sacramento man who alleged that five Oakland police officers framed him for selling narcotics in a West Oakland parking lot in 2016. The drug case against the man was later dismissed by the district attorney.

Shelly Watkins and Donna Reed were in Oakland on October 25, 2016, to attend a Bible study, according to a lawsuit they filed in federal court last year. Watkins had parked his car outside the 99 Cents Only Store on 7th Street, and while Reed was inside the store, Watkins asked a stranger if he had a light for a cigarette. In exchange, Watkins gave the man a cigarette and some pocket change.

A few minutes later, after Reed had returned from the store and the two drove away in their car, they were pulled over by Oakland Police Officers Brandon Hraiz and William Berger.
Oakland  OPD  false  arrest  narcotics  West_Oakland 
july 2018 by Quercki
Independent Police Commission Wins - Schaaf’s, Parker Overruled
(This) enabling legislation … assures that the staff and the legal adviser will operate under the supervision of the commission and not the city administration,” said Rashidah Grinage of the Coalition for Police Accountability, speaking at the City Council meeting.

The City Council gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will allow the newly formed Police Commission to function independently of the Oakland Police Department and City Hall administrators who work closely with OPD.

The “enabling” ordinance, which passed 6-1 at Tuesday’s council meeting, lays out guidelines for the commission that were not covered in Measure LL, an amendment to the City Charter approved by 83 percent of the voters in 2016.

Voting in favor of regulations that require commission staff to report to the commission and not to the City Administrator and the City Attorney were Councilmembers Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Annie Campbell Washington voted no.

At its first reading at the last council meeting in June, the measure passed over the objection of the City Attorney’s office and a legal consultant hired by the City Attorney.
Oakland  police  commission  citizen  oversight 
july 2018 by Quercki
How Quitting My Dream Job Sparked a Conversation About Race in The Bay Area—And the Resignation of a Newspaper Publisher | Gustavo Arellano's Weekly
In the post, I mentioned how headliner Bruno Mars had called the festival “the fancy Coachella.” It was accurate, as Bottlerock primarily functions as a music festival for the rich. I called out the tiers of pricing, which topped out at $3,500. I also mentioned how the festival attendees were predominantly white.

How dare I question ticket prices if I got to go for free, Buel scolded. How dare I call out the festival for its lack of diversity? He used two examples: “We wouldn’t criticize a Mariachi festival or a hip-hop show like Blurry Vision (a new festival by GoldenVoice that recently took place in Oakland) for not having enough white attendees. Why are we criticizing BottleRock for their lack of Black and Brown attendees?”

He also told us that he would reach out to BottleRock and offer an apology for the coverage not being up to our editorial standards.

The meeting ended with Buel telling me I was not allowed to ever write anything that he deemed racially controversial. I asked if he had ever read any of my stories for the Express. Although my beat is arts and culture, I write about the intersectionality of race and social justice. I told him that I would no longer cover any shows or festivals, and instead would pitch them to other outlets.
Azucena’s resignation email

I was crying by this point. I felt humiliated, powerless. I made it a point to tell Buel how despite working at East Bay Express full-time, wearing multiple hats, my salary was not enough.
Oakland  EBX  East_Bay_Express  resign  Stephen_Buel  Azucena_Rasilla  racism 
july 2018 by Quercki
In “Blindspotting,” Two Artists Go Home to Examine the True Costs of Gentrification – Mother Jones
Layered with gripping monologues and meditations on police brutality, the film confronts race relations in a gentrifying city where police brutality has remained a front-and-center issue for almost a decade. Blindspotting serves as the latest silver screen homage to Oakland, premiering just weeks after Sorry to Bother You, the highly-acclaimed satire by filmmaker Boots Riley, and five years after Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which documented the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a white BART police officer. The Fruitvale station shooting was an inflection point for rising tensions between the police and communities of color in Oakland, and the duo says it heavily influenced the film.
Oakland  movie  police  violence 
july 2018 by Quercki
Oakland to pay $2.2 million to settle ex-Black Panther’s claim -
Oakland will pay $2.2 million to settle a claim by ex-Black Panther leader Elaine Brown stemming from a 2015 physical attack by City Councilwoman Desley Brooks.

The payout consists of $1.2 million in damages for Brown and $1 million for her attorneys fees. The City Council approved the settlement unanimously Tuesday without discussion. Brooks was not at the meeting.

The settlement — equivalent to the salaries of about 30 entry-level police officers — closes out more than two years of litigation against the city, which had rejected Brown’s initial request for a payment of $1 million.
Oakland  city_council  Desley_Brooks  Elaine_Brown 
july 2018 by Quercki
A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again
“We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing,” Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same.
"How do police help? They often don't," Torbett later said in an interview. "So, especially as white people, why call them?"
As videos of the aftermath of white Americans dialing 911 on African Americans for taking part in innocent activities have repeatedly gone viral — two black friends meeting at a Starbucks, a black grad student napping in a Yale dormitory common room, a black family having a barbecue just blocks from the Oakland congregation — members of this small church are taking extreme measures in response.
They call it “divesting” from police. The church is part of a tiny but growing movement among liberal houses of worship around the nation making similar vows.
police  First_Congo  Oakland  church 
may 2018 by Quercki
(4) Nichola Torbett - Here's the statement I just sent to Fox News,...
It’s important to say that we are not "anti-police" but pro-community. We recognize that police officers are human beings, many of whom joined the police force because they earnestly wanted to serve their communities. However, the role of the institution of policing is to “preserve law and order,” and in this country, the prevailing order that is being preserved is one that serves white people at the expense of people of color, and wealthy white people more than anyone. This is a horrible tragedy that we believe harms police as well as those they could end up harming. We love the human beings who wear police uniforms by working to dismantle the systems of white supremacy, including policing, that hold them and us captive."
police  First_Congo  Oakland 
may 2018 by Quercki
Taj Reid Found Guilty of Rigging State Construction Contracts and Accepting Bribes | East Bay Express
A federal jury found Taj Armon Reid guilty yesterday of conspiring to rig state construction contracts and accepting bribes.

Reid, who is the 47-year-old son of Oakland City Council President Larry Reid, was convicted on three counts, which could carry a sentence of 20 years imprisonment and $750,000 in fines.

The case began over six years ago when a mysterious out-of-state businessman calling himself William Joseph came to the Bay Area looking for opportunities. Joseph sought out meetings with public officials in San Francisco and the East Bay. One of his first get-togethers was with former San Francisco School Board member Keith Jackson.

Jackson already had an undercover FBI agent building a case against him (as well as state Senator Leland Yee), and Jackson would later be taken down as part of the FBI's sprawling "Shrimp Boy" undercover sting.
Oakland  bribes  Turner_Construction  Larry_Reid 
may 2018 by Quercki
The United Front Against Desley Brooks | Hyphenated-Republic
Brooks, of course, like any politician has a long career with many unsavory historical footnotes and they are worth investigating. Brooks, for example, was associated with an attempt to exempt the new Walgreens pharmacy development on Foothill and Bancroft in her district from the city’s living wage restrictions, which would have cost employees there nearly $2 an hour in pay. She has a pretty dicey record of illegally accepting campaign contributions. I’ve personally watched Brooks manipulate the process of discussion at the council to make it appear as if she opposes items that she actually votes for. I watched her do this during the E.12th parcel vote. When a shaky and not yet fully corrupted novice CM Abel Guillen made a motion to withdraw the sale under withering popular pressure, Brooks literally flung her body in front of the bullet, issuing a head-spinning counter-proposal to table and re-introduce the legislation later instead.
Despite these glaring flaws, Brooks is often the sole no vote on racist, and otherwise, unanimous, city council decisions, too. Brooks was the only member of the council, for instance, who voted no on the continuing payments to police consultant William Bratton. Bratton, who advocated violent and ineffective tactics, in the end, didn’t even normatively do his job, despite charging the city nearly half a million dollars. Brooks voted no on the low-ball settlement from the city on Celeste Guap, rightly condemning the figure as far too low to reflect the systemic failure in government and policing that went all the way to the Mayor’s office. Brooks introduced the legislation that rolled back the Domain Awareness Center. Brooks is responsible for the Department of Race and Equity, a rare instance in which the city government acknowledges systemic racism.
Desley_Brooks  Oakland  city_council 
may 2018 by Quercki
Oakland City Council / Rules for Surveillance Use / 4.26.2018
City Council Rules for Surveillance Use 4.26.2018
SECTION 1. This Ordinance shall be known as the Surveillance and
Community Safety Ordinance.
SECTION 2. Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 9.64, is hereby added
as set forth below (chapter and section numbers are indicated in bold type.

DEFINITIONS. The following definitions apply to this

1. “Annual Surveillance Report” means a written report concerning a specific
surveillance technology that includes all the following:
Oakland  police  surveillance  law 
may 2018 by Quercki
Oakland passes groundbreaking municipal law requiring citizen oversight of local surveillance / Boing Boing
Many people outside of California first became aware of the Oakland Police Department's terrible internal controls during the Occupy movement, when swivel-eyed, pistol waving undercovers vied with the attempted murder of a decorated veteran and vicious, unprovoked shooting of photographers for headlines. After Occupy, there was the official stonewalling and the revelation that the top cop had a policy of ignoring any complaints, queries or messages about Occupy.

In the years since Occupy, there have been unprovoked police killings and cops who raped teens with impunity.

Oakland isn't just a locus of police violence, though: it's also ground zero for some of the most extensive, least transparent urban mass surveillance outside of China, with "fusion centers" and license trackers being deployed without citizen oversight or consent, often in total secrecy.

But Oakland isn't a city that takes this kind of thing lying down. The city, after all, is the birthplace of the Black Panthers, and its tradition of organized resistance has only strengthened in the years since.

Thus it is that the Oakland City Council unanimously passed the city's "Rules for Surveillance", the country's most stringent police surveillance oversight law.
Oakland  police  surveillance  law 
may 2018 by Quercki
Activist Cat Brooks to challenge Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
“The decision to run was not a decision I took lightly,” Brooks tweeted on Tuesday morning. “For the past 12 months I’ve taken guidance from community leaders who urged me to run. This is a campaign to galvanize the disenfranchised, the tired, the holders-on.

“The past four years have brought us ongoing incidents (of) police violence and scandals, massive displacement of black and brown long-time community members, and nearly 3,000 people sleep on the streets every night. It doesn’t have to be this way,” she wrote.

Brooks, whose given name is Sheilagh Polk, is a member of the ONYX Organizing Committee and the co-founder of the Anti Police Terror Project. In those roles, the West Oakland resident has led several protests against the Oakland Police Department and has called for defunding it. Her endorsements include civil rights attorney Dan Siegel and the uncle of Oscar Grant, Cephus “Bobby” Johnson.
Oakland  mayor  Cat_Brooks  BlackLivesMatter 
may 2018 by Quercki
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