This was expected to be a highly contentious City Council meeting as a number of high stakes items were on the agenda: Bus Rapid Transit for Oakland, the Domain Awareness Center (surveillance center), and the Tools of Violence hammer ban for protests. All three items passed the Council despite protests and interruptions from citizen attendees [source].

Meeting Details

On the agenda: Agenda (34).pdf

The meeting was scheduled to start at 5:30. It started at xxx. At the meeting: Pat Kernighan, Noel Gallo, Dan Kalb, Lynette McElhaney, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan and Libby Schaaf.

Desley Brooks was excused (per Reid travelling on official business)

Mayor Jean Quan arrived at about 5:55.

photo by Victoria Bogden

Open Forum

Lots of speakers spoke for the recycling workers who have been negotiating for over 2 years for a contract. Currently workers make 12$/hr.

a rep from EBASE speaks for a fair contract. photo by tdlove5


Kalb: a CCTimes/Oakland Tribune reporter died during a snorkeling accident in Hawai'i. Mike Taugher. July 31st is a public safety meeting in District 1/North Hills, Rockridge, Temescal and Piedmont Avenue with Captain Toribio.

McElhaney: come to Art & Soul. National Night Out is next week, you can still register. July 31st is Cops and Kids ice cream social at DeFremery Park. (this made the crowd laugh/boo). Asks Kernighan to join Save Oakland Coalition in memory of Quinn Boyer, the paramedic who was killed earlier. SAVE will stand for his life this year.

Kernighan asked people not to make fun of other speakers, then tailed off.

Gallo: thanks families who picked up trash near high street and nicol park. asks ppl to come to josie de la cruz park this saturday. august 10th is 35 and international and in glenview. talks about state hispanic chamber of commerce convention. they were concerned about safety. thanks public works for working on blight in fruitvale.

quan: art and soul, peace and parks program, a japanese festival, 


July 30, 2013 recognized is Oakland PAL Day by consensus. Reid presented the resolution.

photo by tdlove5

Non Consent Calendar



42 speakers signed up.

several speakers concerned about loss of car parking space in front of their business

Many AC Transit staff in attendance to provide info and answer questions

The BRT passed unanimously.

Affordable Housing

59 speakers signed up.

article on the issue: City Council unanimously approves 25% set aside of future tax increment funding for affordable housing. 

passes unanimously

MOUs with unions

passes unanimously

2.4% raises for council