A number of assemblies and marches occurred peacefully in Oakland today.
“I want to thank Chief Howard Jordan and all our police officers and City staff for their hard work tonight,” said Mayor Jean Quan. “After strong communication and planning with our dedicated, thriving downtown business community, we saw police acting with attentiveness and professionalism to facilitate a peaceful demonstration. I’m pleased that the vast majority of the protesters remained peaceful as well. Tonight shows how far we’ve all come since last year and how much we’ve learned as we worked together to improve public safety in general.” more »
Downtown Oakland is experiencing a true renaissance. New restaurants, clubs, galleries, festivals and well-attended performances at the iconic downtown theaters are creating critical mass and generating great buzz leading to a bustling 24-hour downtown that is garnering regional and national media attention including the New York Times ranking Oakland the 5th best place to visit in the world. more »
Oakland, CA – On Thursday, October 18th, the City of Oakland took an important
step to address the serious violence that has long plagued our city: the official launch
of Oakland’s Operation Ceasefire—an evidence-based strategy designed to
significantly reduce gang and group related homicides and non-fatal shootings in
Oakland in the near term. more »
Oakland, CA — On October 11, 2012, at 8:30 AM, and 9:00 AM, two separate
armed robberies were reported at different locations (near the Franklin School).
Both victims described the suspect and an associated vehicle that was used as the
get away car. more »
The Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD) today released a report on the status of investigations into Occupy Oakland-related demonstrations. Occupy Oakland has given rise to the largest influx of complaints the Police Department has ever had on one event or series of events. Chief Jordan upholds high level of accountability for misconduct. more »
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with the City of Oakland to upgrade 241 City-owned streetlight fixtures in four areas of East Oakland: major thoroughfares at Seminary Avenue and International Boulevard, International Boulevard near 98th Avenue, MacArthur Boulevard near 73rd Avenue, and International Boulevard near 73rd Avenue. The areas were selected based on public safety considerations and community input. The older, high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights will be changed out with new, energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. The new streetlights will provide brighter, more natural light to help improve public safety and lower the City’s energy costs.
“Good lighting is an important element of an environment that enhances safety and is a fundamental concept in crime prevention; PG&E’s supportive role in these lighting improvements highlights a second fundamental concept – community involvement,” stated Chief Howard A. Jordan. more »
Oakland, CA — On October 3, 2012, the Alameda County District Attorney’s
Office charged Oakland residents Richard Nguyen and Reyona Lampkin with three
counts of second-degree robbery in connection with the Pave Jewelry Store
robbery. more »