September 2007

Alameda County is governed by a Board of Supervisors. They meet at the County of Alameda Administration Building in Oakland, at 9 a.m. for closed sessions and 10 a.m. for open session. Their duties are as follows:

  • Appoint most County officers and employees, except elected officials
  • Provide for the compensation of all County officials and employees
  • Create officers, boards, and commissions as needed, appointing the members and fixing the terms of office
  • Award all contracts for public works.
  • Adopt an annual budget.
  • Provide, publish, and enforce a complete code of rules prescribing the duties and the systems of office and management, accounts, and reports for each County department.
  • Have an annual audit made of all County accounts, books, and records.
  • Supervise the operations of departments and exercise executive and administrative authority throughout County government.
  • Serve as appellate body for employee grievances, planning and zoning.

District 1 Scott Haggerty, President

District 2, Gail Steele

District 3, Alice Lai-Bitker, Vice-President

District 4, Nate Miley

District 5, Keith Carson


District office phone numbers:

District 1: (510) 272-6691
District 2: (510) 272-6692
District 3: (510) 272-6693
District 4: (510) 272-6694
District 5: (510) 272-6695



Oakland City Council members and contact information :


Jane Brunner, District 1 (510)238-7001

Patricia Kernighan, District 2 (510) 238-7002

Nancy Nadel, District 3 (510) 238-7002             

Jean Quan District 4 (510) 238-7004

Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5 (510) 238-7005

Desley Brooks, District 6 (510) 238-7006

Larry Reid, District 7 (510) 238-7007

Henry Chang, At Large

Mayor Ron Dellums

(510) 238-3141

Press Officer: Paul Rose, Communications Director, (510) 238-7914

Michael Hunt, Deputy Communications Director, (510) 238-7413


Over the last year, there’s been a long list of praise and criticism for Mayor Dellums. Some particularly polarizing topics are:

Violence: Dellums has been criticized for not doing enough about increasing violence in Oakland. On Sept. 15 he announced a program that will put 25 peace workers on the streets in the most violent areas.  

Work Ethic: Dellums has been accused of being a lazy mayor. The Novo Metro blog requested he post his daily calendar online to show what he does with time. Dellums has yet to do so.


Police Force: Dellums was also criticized for saying he doesn’t plan on increasing the number of Oakland police officers, despite the fact that Oakland’s force of nearly 740 officers is roughly half the size of cities of comparable size. See SFGate interview.


Development is a hot topic in many of the more upscale areas of Oakland.

The Community and Economic Development Agency Strategic Planning Section, in coordination with the Planning Commission, maintains the General Plan and the Planning Code.

The Oakland General Plan takes precedence over pre-existing zoning laws.

City Planning Commission meeting schedule (.pdf file) There will be a Special Meeting on October 10 to discuss the Oak Knoll redevelopment project. Oak Knoll is a 183-acre site in the hills, a decommissioned Navy property. Roster of commissioners (pdf)

The California State Senator for Oakland is Don Perata, who is Senate President pro Tem.

Contact information:


Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814

District Office
1515 Clay Street, #2202
Oakland, CA 94612

Press Office
State Capitol, Room 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Assemblymember is Sandré Swanson.

Contact information:

Capitol Office

State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0016
Tel: (916) 319-2016
Fax: (916) 319-2116

District Office

1515 Clay Street
Suite 2204
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: (510) 286-1670
Fax: (510) 286-1888

Most of Oakland is represented in the US House of Representatives by Barbara Lee, for the 9th District. Pete Stark represents the 13th District, including the Port of Oakland.

Hillary Clinton campaign block party. Sunday, September 2007, 4:30 to 6:30.

In downtown Oakland by the Federal Building, on Clay St between 12th and 14th.

Oakland is policed by the Oakland Police Department, BART Police, and the California Highway Patrol.

Oakland Police Department
455 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607

Public Information Officer R.Holmgren
Phone: 510.777.7230

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