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Community Members Win Police Accountability Victory



After struggling for two years to overcome city staff resistance to carrying out a council-approved reform of intake of complaints against police, PUEBLO and other community organizations finally may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

At the Public Safety Committee meeting this week, it was announced that the civilian complaint intake workers would be hired by mid November.

Supporters of the City Council decision to put intake of all police complaints into the hands of the Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) have been continually frustrated by what they have seen as City Administrator Deanna Santana’s actions that “at first delayed and then thwarted and subverted” the decision to hire, train and place intake workers at the office of the CPRB, located at Frank Ogawa Plaza.

This past Monday morning they took their demand to Mayor Jean Quan, Santana’s boss, who up until had refused to take a stand on the issue or set date to meet with them.

A delegation of about 15 people, carrying picket signs, went to Quan’s City Hall office, determined to sit there until she talked to them. One of the signs read, “Quan Keep Your Promise.”

They found the door to the office waiting locked. A staff member inside said through the door that the group could continue standing outside in the hallway if they were peaceful.

Otherwise, the police would be called. All staff were involved in meetings and could not meet with the group, the voice in the office said.

However, Anne Campbell Washington, the mayor’s chief of staff, met with four members of the group, who explained their concerns. Finally, they were told mayor would meet with them, Tuesday, July 30.

Fresh from that victory, PUEBLO and other community attended Tuesday evening’s Public Safety Committee meeting, where they announced they had received support for their position from both Thomas Frazier, Thelton Henderson’s compliance officer over OPD, and Mayor Quan.

“Now it’s clear that there is consensus about the direction. The mayor fully supports that the new intake personnel will reside with the CPRB,” said Rashidah Grinage, executive director of PUEBLO, who also handed out a copy of an email from federal Monitor Robert Warshaw that said he and Frazier had no objections to moving complaint intake to CPRB.

Grinage told the Post she had learned about the mayor’s position earlier Tuesday in a conversation with Campbell Washington.

Presenting her report at the meeting, Santana finally gave a timetable for hiring civilian intake workers. She said the process will be completed by Nov. 15

Santana did not refer to her position, stated an earlier Public Safety meeting, that training of intake workers would take up to 18 months and will be conducted by and at OPD’s Internal Affairs Division. After training is completed, the civilian workers might continue to be located at OPD, she said.

Public speakers were enthusiastic about the announced timetable but remained concerned about Santana’s proposals for training and housing the new workers.

“It is absolutely imperative that the civilians who are hired not be placed temporarily or otherwise within the police department. If you do that, there is no need to make any of these changes,” said community member Claudia Kong.

“I urge you to listen to the public will,” said Kim Mejia-Cuellar, a Yale student and graduate of Fremont High School.

“There seems to be a lack of political will to move this process forward,” said Alona Clifton, co-chair of the John George Democratic Club.

Responding, council members assured community members they had the political will to make police reform happen.

The council passed the resolution transferring intake to civilians two years ago, said Councilmember Libby Schaaf, while the “city was in a huge financial crisis. Yet we allocated a million dollars to fund this change.”

“ You want to talk about political will, this council had the political will and still has the political will to make this change,” she said.

Councilmember Lynette McElhaney acknowledged PUEBLO and other community groups that have fought to implement the council’s decision.

“I want to publicly thank PUEBLO and the advocacy of the community to make sure this remained a front burner issue,” McElhaney said, adding that she backs “the concerns the community continues to voice about making sure that as we train the civilians, we ensure they are impartially trained to maintain the integrity” of their work.

The Oakland Police Accountability Coalition includes PUEBLO and more than 20 other organizations, including the Oscar Grant Foundation, Oakland Black Caucus, Nation of Islam, Black Women Organized for Political Action, Paul Robeson Chapter ACLU, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Lakeshore Baptist Church and John George Democratic Club.






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City Council Passes Reid’s Gun Violence Resolution

Officially declaring gun violence a public health crisis within the City of Oakland, the resolution endorses the call from many community-based organizations for Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors to direct an equitable amount of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds into violence prevention resources.   



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Reacting to Oakland’s 100th homicide of the year, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt Councilmember Treva Reid’s gun violence resolution.

Officially declaring gun violence a public health crisis within the City of Oakland, the resolution endorses the call from many community-based organizations for Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors to direct an equitable amount of the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds into violence prevention resources.

“We are in a state of emergency. We can no longer continue to report the lives lost of our loved ones without intentionally working to implement immediate and strategic solutions to stop the onslaught of violence that we are experiencing,” said Reid.

By officially declaring gun violence a public health crisis and calling for additional funding from the county, Reid says Oakland can achieve the following:

  • Deeper investments for violence prevention programs, like Ceasefire and Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO), as well as community healing organizations
  • Funds for culturally responsive mental health services
  • Additional community clinics and providers to support holistic delivery of health services
  • Rental support, down payment assistance, homeownership retention, and affordable housing development
  • Access to life coaching, service connectors, living wage jobs and grants and technical assistance for Black business to enhance economic self sufficiency
  • Expanded work force development and business assistance resources

The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.

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Mayor Breed, S.F. Airport Announce Vaccination Requirement for All Airport Workers

Mandate for all airline, service, concession, and construction employees effective immediately



Portrait of flight attendant standing on airport, wearing face masks and looking at camera.

Mayor London N. Breed and the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced a requirement on Tuesday that all airport workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The mandate, the first for a U.S. airport, goes into effect immediately and requires all on-site personnel to be vaccinated or, if exempt, be tested weekly for COVID-19.

“We know that vaccines are the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 transmission and reduce hospitalizations and deaths,” said Breed. “This new requirement supports our aggressive measures to protect the health and safety of our region and our continued economic recovery. I want to thank SFO for their continued leadership protecting our city and its visitors.”

“Throughout this pandemic, SFO has been leading the aviation industry in protecting passengers and employees alike,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “As SFO prepares for the upcoming holiday travel season, and the return of pre-pandemic passenger levels, we have an obligation to provide a safe airport facility for the traveling public and our on-site employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”

Effective immediately, every SFO tenant or contractor must require all on-site personnel to be fully vaccinated. The Airport continues to offer free vaccines at the SFO Medical Clinic. Exemptions from the vaccination requirement can be granted by the employer for either medical disability or sincerely held religious belief. For employees granted an exemption, the tenant or contractor employer must establish a weekly COVID-19 testing and reporting protocol.

Tenants and contractors will also be required to submit reports on the status of their respective workforce until all on-site personnel are fully vaccinated. Failure to comply could result in fines under the Airport’s Rule and Regulations.

In August 2020, SFO became the first U.S. airport to establish an on-site rapid testing capability and now administers tests to an average of 500 travelers at various on-site locations every day.

In February 2021, SFO first offered vaccines on-site when it partnered with the County of San Mateo to provide vaccines to health care workers and County residents over 65. The Airport converted one of its multi-level garages to serve as a drive-through vaccination facility.

Over 26,500 doses were administered through this program. SFO also launched a vaccination clinic in early May, located in the International Terminal, which offered doses to airport workers, local residents, and travelers. This program was administered through a partnership with Safeway and administered almost 2,200 doses.

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Alameda County Launches New Redistricting Process

The next hearing will occur on Tuesday, Oct.12 at noon on Zoom (Access the meeting link at:



Alameda Redistricting Flyer; "Our Community Has Changed"

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors held a Special Meeting Tuesday to hear public input on redistricting.

The county will begin redrawing districts for its five Board of Supervisors. Redistricting is the process of adjusting existing district boundaries and must occur every 10 years after the population data is available from the decennial Census.

The City of Oakland is also underway with redistricting for its city council and corresponding school board districts. Those new maps will be approved by an Independent Redistricting Commission, as was approved by voters in a 2014 ballot measure.

Alameda County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on the final maps, which must be passed with a 2/3 majority.

Census 2020 data shows that Alameda County grew by 10.7% over that last 10 years and is now home to 1,682,353 residents. More data will be released soon to reflect which Supervisorial districts are too large and which districts are too small in population as currently configured.

With the passage of the FAIR MAPS Act (Fair and Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political Subdivisions), state law now requires counties to follow specific timelines and requirements for their redistricting processes, including holding at least four public hearings, ensuring language access, publishing all materials and meeting information on a website, and collecting input from the public in multiple formats.

“Alameda County is exceeding the new transparency laws for our redistricting process. We’ve even procured a mapping tool to allow the public to draw their own “Communities of Interest” and to propose district maps,” said Casey Farmer, director of community engagement for Alameda County Redistricting 2021.

“Public input is vital to this process, so we’ve made it easy to engage in many ways,” said Farmer. “By taking a few minutes to share your “Communities of Interest,” you will ensure the Board knows which areas you want to remain intact in the new district boundaries.”

Members of the public can engage in the redistricting process in multiple ways, including sharing their Communities of Interest (a geographic area of residents who share economic or social interests) using an online mapping tool, submitting written input or phoning in feedback. The public can also speak at any of the eight Redistricting hearings.

The new district maps must abide by the following criteria: Comply with US and California Constitution (which requires equal population amongst districts), comply with federal Voting Rights Act (to protect race and language minorities), maintain geographic contiguity, and uphold geographic integrity (minimizing the division of neighborhoods, local Communities of Interest “COIs”, or unincorporated areas). District boundaries should be easily identifiable and understandable by residents, should be compactly configured, and cannot favor or discriminate against political parties.

The County’s Redistricting website contains detailed information about the process, the timeline, videos, multilingual outreach materials, and the online Community of Interest mapping tool:

The next hearing will occur on Tuesday, Oct.12 at noon on Zoom (Access the meeting link at:

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