October 2013>>>A number of bills offered by East Bay legislators come to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration. He signs Assemblymember Nancy Skinner’s high-capacity ammunition bill, along with State Ellen Corbett’s limo safety legislation. However, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s non-citizen juror bill is vetoed, as is Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s free condoms for prison inmates legislation and a bill giving the Oakland City Council power to enact its own gun control laws.
>>> Coliseum City’s new investment group receives a year-long extension of the exclusive negotiating agreement with the city and county. Later, Oakland city staff reports early benchmarks for the sprawling stadium project have been met. The first six months of 2014, however, will be crucial for the future of the Raiders and Athletics in Oakland.
>>>If the candidate’s campaign bank accounts are any indication, the race in the 15th Congressional District will be a cakewalk for Rep. Eric Swalwell. Campaign finance reports show him with a balance four times greater than his fellow Democratic opponent, State Sen. Ellen Corbett.
>>>A deal ending a second work stoppage at BART, this time four-days long, is reached. However, BART management will claim they made a typographical error within the new agreement. Going into 2014, the deal is still up in the air while trains continue to run.
>>>Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer makes a curious return in a two-part television interview with KGO-TV. Nothing new is gleaned from Lockyer other than the appearance of a feather tattoo along the hairline of her neck.
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>>>Wheelchair-bound, stem cell activist Roman Reed announces he will run for the open state senate seat in the 10th District. Reed, also a Fremont planning commissioner, was paralyzed in 1994 during a football game at Chabot College.
>>>The Alameda City Council decides not to award a contract to Phil Tagami for leasing and management services at Alameda Point. However, they urge him to return later and develop the space. A few weeks later, the same council, though, says yes to former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata regarding a $90,000 consulting contract for lobbying the State Legislature.
>>>Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo’s pet project to enact a youth curfew ordinance fails. Even the police chief sides against it since it stretches an already thin force even further. “If they're stopping a bunch of 16-year-olds out at night, I don’t think that’s a good use of their time,” says Councilmember Dan Kalb.
>>>The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approve a resolution urging President Obama to begin discussing the possibilities of reforming marijuana laws. It also calls on the administration to halt crack downs on some dispensaries in the county. The resolution is seen as a foreshadowing of a potential state ballot measure next year to legalize pot.
>>>The Coliseum Joint Powers Authority approves a two-year lease extension for the Athletics and a one-year deal for the Raiders as the Oakland stadium saga heads down an important stretch in early 2014. Councilmember Larry Reid tells the Coliseum City investors, however, to “show me the money!” Mayor Quan predicts a deal with the Raiders will be had sometime in the summer of 2014.
December>>>Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf enters the race to unseat Mayor Jean Quan next year. Like the other two challengers in the race, Schaaf says she can do a better job of lowering crime and fostering government transparency.
>>>The seemingly never-ending saga to keep the A’s in Oakland gets a significant boost, at least, the most exciting news in years, with a report up to three investments groups have interest in building a 38,000-seat waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal and possibly even buying the club, if it becomes available.
>>>More change coming to Oakland in 2014. City Administrator Deanna Santana becomes a finalist for the same job in Dallas and Council President Pat Kernighan announces her retirement at the end of her term next year.
>>>The race for a host of exciting political races ramp up for the 2014 midterm elections. Click here for a list of some the candidates running for office next year in the East Bay.
****MONDAY, Part I: The Fight Over Public Safety Erupts Over Bratton, Drones
TUESDAY, Part II Oakland Gets Three Police Chiefs In A Week; Censure In The Air; BART Strike Rattles Bay Area
WEDNESDAY, Part III Sum Ting Wong, Indeed; Privacy Concerns Raised Over Surveillance Center