Category: Politics

  • Crowds come out to Quan’s first town hall meeting – Inside Bay Area

    Jean Quan promised to hold 5 townhall meetings within Oakland during the first 100 days of being in office. This weekend she held her first one in West Oakland. Find out what happened by reading this article by the Tribune. Crowds come out to Quan’s first town hall meeting – Inside Bay Area.

  • Oakland welcomes a new branch library | A Better Oakland

    As most of those who are acquainted with me know, I am an avid reader and spent most of my young life at somebody’s library. With that in mind, I am excited to share with you that the new East Oakland Branch is opening this weekend!! I can’t go this weekend, but I am definitely […]

  • Pleasant Valley Safeway returns to Design Review | A Better Oakland

    Did you know that Safeway is planning to redevelop the shopping center on Pleasant Valley Road? A bigger Safeway with more parking, but possibly loosing CVS? Want to weigh in, discuss, protest or agree? The City Planning Commission will be meeting this Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5 PM at Oakland City Hall Hearing Room […]

  • Residents stand up for themselves at Oakland City Council Meeting

    At the Jan, 11 Oakland City Council meeting, I got to witness civil activism in action. Young and old came out to speak against the gang injunctions. It renewed my faith in the political process.

  • City Council: how to participate.

    Because of the efforts of the Martin Luther King, Jr and others who were part of the Civil Rights Movement, every American citizen has the right to take part in the running of their government. In this post I share with you how you can participate in Oakland City Council meetings.

  • Is it politics or guns that we should be scared of?

    If Loughner had gone to the Safeway carrying a regular pistol, the kind most Americans think of when they think of the right to bear arms, Giffords would probably still have been shot and we would still be having that conversation about whether it was a sane idea to put her Congressional district in the cross hairs of a rifle on the Internet. But we might not have lost a federal judge, a 76-year-old church volunteer, two elderly women, Giffords’s 30-year-old constituent services director and a 9-year-old girl who had recently been elected to the student council at her school and went to the event because she wanted to see how democracy worked. Loughner’s gun, a 9-millimeter Glock, is extremely easy to fire over and over, and it can carry a 30-bullet clip. It is “not suited for hunting or personal protection,” said Paul Helmke, the president of the Brady Campaign. “What it’s good for is killing and injuring a lot of people quickly.”

  • Don’t look to one person, Oakland.

    City of Oakland Inauguration and election of Mayor Jean Quan was exciting and inspiring. However is that enough to make the changes we need?

  • Thanks Sarah Palin. You rock! 😉

    Sarah Palin is allowing bloggers to have the BEST WEEK EVER. She’s bashing the Bushes and the Obamas. No one is safe!

  • Change requires all of us.

    You may not have all the money needed, but you have the power to make change.

  • Adventures in Oakland Politics: The Others!

    I decided to post the videos of “The Others” : Don Macleay, Larry Lionel Young Jr, George Harland, Arnold Fields and Don Perata. They each gave closing remarks which are considered “stump speeches”. I am going to let their own words speak for themselves.