Oakland mayor

 

Libby Schaaf was sworn in as Oakland's new leader on January 5th, 2015. After she won decisively in the November election, we wanted to learn more about the former city councilwoman. She came into the KALW studios to talk about everything from leadership style, balancing family life with running a city, and what makes Oakland unique. 

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Mayor Jean Quan is the incumbent in the race, and she's been making the case for Oakland to give her a second term. But in the past four years, her leadership of the city has received mixed reviews. She has been criticized for her crackdown of the Occupy encampment. She has also been taken to task for troubles in the controversial Oakland Police Department, which has had a federal monitor and rapid turn-over at the top. But Quan says the city is better off than it was four years ago. She says violent crime is down and the city is finally on the right track.

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Courtney Ruby is Oakland's City Auditor who now wants to be Oakland's next mayor. Ruby says her priority is public safety and since she has experience  crunching the numbers she's convinced that she can find the funds to add at least 200 more police officers on the street.  Not just any kind of officer, Ruby's rallying for more engaged officers and says she's not afraid to take a stand on tough issues.

In the past Ruby has taken on City Hall and forced the city to refund millions in overpaid parking tickets. She's known for questioning shady contracts and exposing what she calls "a broken system."

Ben Trefny

Peter Liu says he’s "the world's smartest leader" and that he has developed a plan in which every Oaklander will have a chance to make a lot of money.

Oakland Mayoral Candidate Interview: Ken Houston

Oct 15, 2014

On November 4th, Oakland voters will pick their next mayor. All month on “Crosscurrents,” we are going to bring you the voices of each of the 15 people who are campaigning for the job.


On November 4th, Oakland voters will pick their next mayor. All month on “Crosscurrents,” we are going to bring you the voices of each of the 15 people who are campaigning for the job.  

Candidate Nancy Sidebotham has lived in Oakland for fifty years, and she is no stranger to campaigns and Oakland city elections. 

Credit: Oakland Wiki

On November 4th, Oakland voters will pick their next mayor. All month on “Crosscurrents,” we are going to bring you the voices of each of the 15 people who are campaigning for the job.  

Who is Bryan Parker?

Mar 19, 2014

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