January 7, 1991 |
Poverty is on the rise and murders hit an all-time high in 1990. But through it all, Oakland's middle class, black and white, has remained to fight for a city they believe can still attain greatness. If the decay of rusting industrial cities can be reversed anywhere, it is here, they say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1990 |
Although admitting they don't know where Charles David Rothenberg is, Northern California politicians Monday speculated that the man who set his son afire was in Oakland, and at least two public officials vowed to seek the governor's help in having him transferred elsewhere. Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson told a throng of reporters Monday that, based on remarks by Oakland Police Chief George Hart, Wilson thinks that it is "likely" Rothenberg was paroled last week to that city.
January 5, 1999 |
This, then, was the "other" inauguration, a sort of anti-swearing in of little pomp and everyday circumstance. On this bright Monday afternoon, 69 miles from the Sacramento Big Top, the 34th governor of the Golden State became the 48th mayor of this hard-knock city. Just before 1 p.m., Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr.
June 7, 1990 |
The once-revered mayor of this city, Lionel Wilson, agreed Wednesday that his failed attempt to lure back the Los Angeles Raiders had doomed his bid for a fourth term--making him another political victim of team owner Al Davis' attempt to find a new home for his ballclub. But as he calmly acknowledged defeat, Wilson, who carried only 17% of the vote, said he would continue to work to win back the team that left for Los Angeles after the 1981 season.
March 26, 1999 |
In the first phase of a city government shake-up promised by new Mayor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr., Oakland's popular police chief and two other department heads were forced out Thursday, one more was demoted, and the remaining six were put on notice. Sixty additional employees were issued "performance deficiency notices" by Brown and City Manager Robert Bobb, warning them to improve their work or be fired.
November 16, 1998 |
Say this for Jerry Brown, who's been pilloried and parodied, sneered at and scorned to a fare-thee-well: He's enjoying the last laugh. Enjoy is a relative term, of course, for the famously ascetic Edmund G. Brown Jr. What with the elevation of Gray Davis, his former right hand, to his old job as governor, Brown allows as how his days as a political punch line may have finally passed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1998
Oakland Deputy Police Chief Fred Sanchez will become Pomona's police chief Sept. 14, the city manager said Tuesday. Sanchez, 47, became the Oakland department's first Latino deputy chief in April. In Pomona, he will succeed Chief Richard Shaurette, who is retiring. City Manager Severo Esquivel said he chose Sanchez from more than 40 applicants, with the aid of a selection panel.