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.
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.
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.
Oakland City Attorney’s Mid-Year Annual Report shows major savings for taxpayers Report shows outside counsel costs down 40%, payouts for claims & lawsuits down more than 50% in most recent fiscal year
OAKLAND, CA – A report released today by the City Attorney’s Office shows a significant reduction in the City’s legal costs as payouts, settlements and bills for outside attorneys plummeted in Fiscal Year 2011-2012.
The Mid-Year Annual Report shows the cost of payouts for claims and lawsuits, which include settlements and judgments against the City, fell by more than 50% in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2012. Records show the decline of more than $6.7 million – a 53% drop from the previous fiscal year – is unprecedented in modern City history.
The cost of outside counsel also fell sharply – by 40% – in FY 2011-12.