Mayoral Race

California Governor Jerry Brown endorses Libby Schaaf

The sounds of cheering, clapping, and whistling filled the air outside Oakland mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf’s campaign headquarters Monday as California Governor Jerry Brown was introduced on a small stage in the backyard. “This is so exciting, I may have to run for mayor again,” Brown joked as he took position in front of the microphone to address the 140-plus people packed into the yard. “I’m here to endorse Libby Schaaf,” said Brown, after talking about his admiration of Oakland. …

Mayoral candidate: Courtney Ruby

Courtney Ruby, 47, is no stranger to politics.  Now in her eighth year as Oakland’s elected city auditor, she’s entered a large crowd of candidates seeking to unseat incumbent Mayor Jean Quan. “I have proven leadership experience,” she said. “I’ve been under the hood of almost every department, I know what’s broken, and I have the skills to fix it. I have turned a troubled agency into performing model audit organization.” She is running on the promise of keeping public…