On July 19, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for so-called crisis pregnancy centers to misrepresent themselves as medical clinics or objective health care counselors when in reality they are fronts for anti-abortion activists. The vote makes Oakland the second city in the nation to proactively ban false advertising by CPCs after San Francisco passed a similar ordinance in 2011.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE AND PLAN TO JOIN
Valerie D. Lewis & Otis McGee, Jr.
for a Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off on behalf of their friend
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker
Sunday, March 13, 2016
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Home of Valerie & Otis
5708 Balmoral Dr, Oakland
Sponsors: $700 * $500 * $250
$125 suggested minimum contribution
You are invited to an event supporting Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker's officeholder account, on Friday May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the home of John and Melissa Russo, 6647 Forestland Way, in Oakland.
November 7, 2012
Last night, the voters gave our campaign a resounding and incredible victory with over 68 percent of the vote.
I am so honored that my fellow Oaklanders have elected me to a full term as City Attorney, so I can continue serving the people of this great city with professionalism, integrity, and independence.
I want to thank you for all that you did for the last year to make this victory possible. Whether you donated, helped us call voters on the phone, attended an event or a debate, hosted a house party, posted a lawn sign, or told your neighbors about our campaign, every little bit made a difference. Thank you.
Oakland is a wonderful city, but we owe it to ourselves to make it even better. We have much work to do to make our neighborhoods safer and our government more accountable and fiscally responsible. I hope you will join me in that effort.
With your trust and your support, I am ready to go forward to serve this city we love for the next four years.
Thank you ever so much for putting your faith in me. I promise I will do you proud.
-Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker
Posted: 10/04/2012 06:48:31 PM PDT
Updated: 10/04/2012 06:48:31 PM PDT
There are two serious contenders in the Nov. 6 election who want to run the Oakland City Attorney's Office:
- Lawyer Barbara Parker has worked in the office for 20 years, including 10 years as chief assistant. Last year, when John Russo resigned as city attorney, Parker was appointed to the top post.
- Jane Brunner, a labor and civil rights attorney, has served on the City Council for 20 years.
Oakland's city attorney must provide objective legal advice to city employees and officials, sometimes issuing politically unpopular analyses and recommendations. For this critical position, we see no reason to replace a seasoned professional with a politician.
The campaign itself is Exhibit A. Brunner has leveled charges against Parker about the size of the office's budget using numbers that were set before Parker took office. She has criticized Parker for advice on litigation that, before last year, was the purview of another top assistant.
Brunner's complaints seem to be election-season posturing. She flat-out says the office should be political. We disagree. Although the city attorney is an elected post in Oakland, the officeholder should be a professional first and foremost.
It's too early to judge the Parker tenure, but what we see so far we like. She has made strides to depoliticize the city attorney's office and turn attention back to its core mission. She has reorganized the office and taken steps to control costs.
The choice is clear. Parker deserves a full term.
Read the editorial here.