Election 2012

Coverage of the 2012 election.

OPOA president Barry Donelan (left) looks at former president Dom Arotzarena at a press conference last year.

Election brings mixed results for Oakland police union

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association -- the police union, a nonprofit organization representing the city’s police officers -- has for years dabbled in the political scene, endorsing candidates and spending thousands of dollars each election...
Proposition 35, California's anti-human trafficking initiative, passed with 81 percent of the vote on Election Day.

California voted ‘yes’ on Prop 35; experts, police and sex workers disagree on impact

California voters passed Proposition 35 by 81 percent, but there is little agreement among law enforcement agencies, legal experts and sex workers about how the initiative will affect the sex industry, especially with regard to...
Alyson Yarus, senior associate at Noll & Tam Architects and Planners, discusses the Oakland Zoo's California Trail project. Opponents to Measure A1 claim that funds from the parcel tax would have gone toward the expansion project.

After fierce fight, Oakland Zoo parcel tax measure fails

Alameda County’s Measure A1, which would have created a parcel tax to fund animal care and educational programs at the Oakland Zoo, set off a stir of claims and counterclaims between zoo officials and local...
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters said Tuesday, November 13 that voting officials have roughly 20,000 ballots left to count from the November 2012 election. Photo credit creative commons.

Roughly 20,000 ballots left to count in November 2012 election

With the apparent victories of District 1 city council candidate Dan Kalb and at-large councilmember Rebecca Kaplan still not technically complete, voting officials said Tuesday—a week after the polls closed—that there are still roughly 20,000...
A breakdown of campaign spending in Oakland

What did Oakland District 1, At-Large and City Attorney candidates spend to get your vote?

Oakland North looked into political spending for three recent local races, breaking down what candidates spent, per voter, for the District One City Council race, the at-large seat and for City Attorney.
Dan Kalb was elected as Oakland City Council Member for District 1 on November 6. Photo by Aaron Mendelson.

New faces join Oakland City Council, School Board ranks

After months of fundraising, campaigning and speeches all around the city, five new faces will join the Oakland City Council and the city’s school board. Some of them have never held public office before; others...
As President Obama was elected for a second time, the band played and the building came alive.

Fours Years Later: African Americans in Oakland react to President Obama’s reelection

Four years ago, people danced in the streets in front of Everett and Jones BBQ Restaurant in Jack London Square. They embraced loved ones and high-fived total strangers. The news cameras rolled, and non-reporters became...
A Prop 37 supporter on Election Day this year. Photo courtesy of Lauren Kate Rosenblum Richmond Confidential.

Prop 37 failed, but found support in Alameda County

Although voters in Alameda County were in favor of Prop 37—a statewide ballot measure that would have required the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods—the proposition failed to gather enough votes statewide and was rejected...
Dan Kalb campaigning at the MacArthur BART station on Election Day. In District 1, Dan Kalb won after seven rounds of balloting, with 52.25 percent. Amy Lemley finished second with 47.75 percent.

The vote is in: Victory for Kalb, Kaplan, Gallo and Parker; A1 and B1 fail

After several rounds of ranked choice balloting, Oakland and Alameda County election returns are in. In the Oakland at-large contest, after five rounds of balloting, incumbent Rebecca Kaplan secured a victory with 60.74 percent of...