Tag Archives: Oakland Police Department

Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...

You Tell Us: Cellphone ‘kill switches’ will cut robberies

About three-fourths of robberies in Oakland involve theft of smartphones. Now a bill passed by the State Senate will require "kill switches" to inactive the phones, thereby removing the incentive to steal them, writes District...
Mayor Jean Quan administers the oath to new Oakland chief of police Sean Whent

Sean Whent named as permanent Oakland Police Chief

After serving for a year as interim police chief, Sean Whent, an 18-year veteran of the force, was named permanent chief of Oakland Police Department by Mayor Jean Quan at Oakland City Hall Wednesday. “As...
Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Mayoral candidate and civil rights lawyer Dan Seigel speaks out against the DAC: "This is not for Oakland." Photo by Becca Andrews.

DAC foes vow to keep ‘watching’ surveillance plan

The Oakland community filled City Hall last week to speak out against the Domain Awareness Center, a surveillance center that has been a source of controversy since July.
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Quan depicts rising Oakland with 10K Two plan

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan painted her vision of Oakland rising, with her 10K Two plan for new housing, a rebuilt police force in progress, and the retention of its beloved sports teams.
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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: examining arrests among black male students in OUSD

Oakland’s black youth are arrested in school at a rate that is more than double their proportion of the school population, a community nonprofit said.
Dozens of speakers lined up at Tuesday night's Public Safety Committee meeting to speak out against a proposed youth curfew in Oakland.

Councilmember Noel Gallo’s push for city-wide youth curfew shot down Tuesday night

Oakland City Councilmember’s Noel Gallo’s appeal that “Every city in the U.S. has a curfew” drew boos and yelling from the packed council chambers as his controversial anti-crime strategy was roundly condemned by citizens and...
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In the face of criticism, OPD’s Ceasefire strives to move forward

Pastor Billy Dixon Jr. leaned forward in his seat. “Do you know what 26 seconds of solid gunfire sounds like?” he asked. He placed his cell phone on the table, and started a timer. “Bang...
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Few answers about Jordan’s medical retirement at press conference

City and police officials expressed their surprise at Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan’s abrupt resignation, but had few details about what prompted the Wednesday morning announcement.
Johnson officially sworn in as Police Chief by City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, March 2012. Photo by Ryan Phillips

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announces resignation

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan announced Wednesday morning that he is stepping down from the department and seeking medical retirement. The abrupt resignation came moments before a scheduled news conference with Jordan and former New...
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Meet William Bratton, former top cop in LA and New York, now Oakland’s security advisor

William Bratton’s caused a stir in Oakland, and he hasn’t even arrived yet. The former top cop in Los Angeles and New York has been contracted by Strategic Policy Partnership, a law enforcement consulting group...