Oakland Mayor Responds to Protests

What Went on in the East Bay


Protest Ban The city has begun enforcing a prohibition on nighttime on-street protests, no longer allowing protestors to march in streets but on sidewalks instead. Mayor Schaaf also has stepped up security at City Hall, where balcony seating has been discontinued and bags are now searched.


Clearcut Coming Non-native French broom, eucalyptus, and Monterey pines in the Oakland hills are coming down. FEMA will reduce those species over the next decade and add oak and redwood trees. Opponents contend it should be removing groundbrush and other detritus.


Tower Delayed A 24-story market-rate apartment near Lake Merritt is on hold, even after a compromise to include 30 units of affordable housing. The city wants more time to study community benefits.


Howdy Pardner Overland, a new country-western bar, has opened at the foot of Jack London Square. Expect line dancing lessons, burgers, barbecue, and Tex-Mex brunch.


New Man George Zimmer, the ousted Men’s Wearhouse founder, is now promoting zTailors, his new Oakland company that tailors by demand via an app.


Condor Treated A 6-year-old condor has been treated for lead poisoning at the Oakland Zoo. Miracle is the first wild condor chick hatched in California in 100 years. The lead is believed to have come from shotgun pellets in dead animals she may have eaten.


Bridge Steel The Oakland Museum of California is giving away 450 tons of steel from the old Bay Bridge span. Local artists had lobbied to use the scrap. Oct. 1 is the deadline for first-round applicants.


Yearbook Recalled The Berkeley High yearbook was recalled for comments describing its Academy of Medicine and Public Service as “a small learning community focus [sic] on medicine, making our future doctors, dentists, nurses, physicians, fire chiefs and trash collators [sic].”


Too Grisly? Noel Gallo posted a photo of a bloodied corpse on social media to highlight the dangers of a railroad crossing in his district. The councilman photographed a cyclist seconds after he was killed by an Amtrak train. The image was later removed, but Gallo told the Chronicle, “This is what’s happening in my neighborhood.”

—Judith M. Gallman

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