Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf filed papers on Monday to run for mayor in 2014 with reducing police response times and creating jobs as part of her platform.
The Alameda County civil grand jury issued a scathing report on the Oakland City Council’s ability to police itself, calling for the council to strengthen and better fund its Public Ethics Commission.
A public hearing was scheduled for Friday in Oakland to discuss a proposed state law that would allow Oakland to essentially circumvent California’s existing gun regulations in favor of something one city councilwoman suggested is better suited for violence-plagued Oakland.
This weekend Oakland’s Police Department is changing its strategy per the recommendation of consultant team on fighting crime by shrinking police districts. Critics say it doesn’t add more police.
The Oakland City Council approved spending $162,000 for two more months of the extra patrols.
Oakland City Council’s Finance Committee approved funding to rebuild the police department by unanimous vote on Tuesday. The three-step plan now goes to a vote before city council.
Residents of the Oakmore District of the Oakland Hills , where Mayor Jean Quan resides, met on Wednesday night to demand city leaders provide more police to stop escalating home-invasion robberies and other violent crimes.
An Oakland City councilmember said Thursday the city should explore whether officers from other police agencies could bolster staffing at the Oakland Police Department until the next academy class graduates.
One Oakland City Council member is encouraging residents to invest in home video cameras for security since the city is short on police officers.
Occupy protesters shouted down members of the Oakland City Council during a meeting at which the board was planned to vote on bolstering enforcement of protests in the city.