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Some In Oakland See Choice Between Police Reforms and Public Safety

May 15, 2013 | 3:29 pm

Some In Oakland See Choice Between Police Reforms and Public Safety

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The Oakland Police Department seemed to be specializing in chaos the last couple of weeks. On May 3, a scathing report was issued by Thomas Frazier, the court-appointed overseer charged with ensuring that the department complies with long-delayed reforms stemming from a 10-year-old federal lawsuit. Five days later, the department’s consultant Bill Bratton was supposed to […]

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Oakland City Council Members Face ‘Interference’ Charges

March 22, 2013 | 1:33 pm

Oakland City Council Members Face ‘Interference’ Charges

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You can call your city council member because your garbage didn’t get picked up, or because your basement is flooding in a storm. But don’t ask for help with your parking ticket, let alone a city job. You can get the council member in big trouble. Such trouble emerged on Thursday when City Auditor Courtney […]

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Oakland City Council Approves Campaign Sunlight Ordinance

March 5, 2013 | 3:48 pm

Oakland City Council Approves Campaign Sunlight Ordinance

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Update: The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to require all local candidates and committees to file their campaign finance reports online. The ordinance goes into effect immediately. The bill’s sponsor, Councilwoman Libby Schaff, says it will increase political transparency and save the city money. City Attorney Barbara Parker and City Clerk Latonda Simmons […]

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New Overseer Could Disrupt Oakland Police Routines

March 5, 2013 | 3:32 pm

New Overseer Could Disrupt Oakland Police Routines

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Oakland police officers can expect to see change in their department. Thomas Frazier, appointed to oversee the Oakland police by a federal judge on Monday, has a reputation as an innovator not afraid to shatter police department traditions. Frazier is taking on a job that previous chiefs could not, or would not, do: bring the […]

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Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

December 5, 2012 | 10:36 pm

Oakland Police Avoid Federal Takeover, Give Up Control of Department

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Oakland police officials have agreed to surrender authority of the department’s command staff to a court- appointed director. City leaders say they’re optimistic the deal with plaintiff’s attorneys and the police union will prevent a federal takeover. The department was under that threat after failing to complete court-ordered reforms in the 2003 Riders misconduct case. Critics have said Oakland police were […]

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Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

October 11, 2012 | 4:41 pm

Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

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In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the cash-poor city of Oakland is trying to make the mighty United States of America stop enforcing its laws against the sale of marijuana. We wondered on what basis the city expects to prevail. The answer comes from the legal concept estoppel, which in plain English means something like “a […]

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