Category:Mayors of Oakland, California
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The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Jerry Brown – Edmund Gerald Jerry Brown Jr. is an American politician and lawyer who has served as the 39th Governor of California since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, Brown previously served as the 34th governor from 1975 to 1983, as the only son of Edmund G. Pat Brown Sr. Elected governor in 1974 at age 36, Brown was the youngest California governor in 111 years, Brown was re-elected governor in 1978, and ran against fellow Democrat and incumbent President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 primaries. While challengers to incumbent presidents seldom gain traction, the challenge by Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts did, Brown declined to run for a third term in 1982, instead running for the United States Senate in 1982. However, Brown was defeated by Republican Pete Wilson, and many considered his career to be over. After traveling abroad, Brown returned to California and served as Chairman of the California Democratic Party, after six years out of politics, Brown returned to public life, serving as Mayor of Oakland, and then Attorney General of California. Brown decided to run for another term as governor in 2010, the law limited a governor to two terms, however, the four living governors when the law was passed remained eligible. Brown defeated Meg Whitman in 2010 to become the 39th governor in 2011, on October 7,2013, he became the governor in California history. Brown was re-elected in 2014, with sixty percent of the vote, as a consequence of the 28-year gap between his second and third terms, Brown has been both the sixth-youngest California governor, and the oldest California governor in history. Browns father was of half-Irish and half-German descent, Browns great-grandfather August Schuckman, a German immigrant, settled in California in 1852 during the California Gold Rush. Brown was a member of the California Cadet Corps at St. Ignatius High School, in 1955, Brown entered Santa Clara University for a year, and left to attend Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit novice house, intent on becoming a Catholic priest. Brown left the novitiate after three years, enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics in 1961, Brown went on to Yale Law School and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1964. After law school, Brown worked as a law clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Mathew Tobriner, returning to California, Brown took the state bar exam and passed on his second attempt. He then settled in Los Angeles and joined the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor, in 1969, Brown ran for the newly created Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, which oversaw community colleges in the city, and placed first in a field of 124. In 1970, Brown was elected California Secretary of State, Brown argued before the California Supreme Court and won cases against Standard Oil of California, International Telephone and Telegraph, Gulf Oil, and Mobil for election law violations. In addition, he forced legislators to comply with campaign disclosure laws, while holding this office, he discovered the use of falsely notarized documents by then-President Richard Nixon to fraudulently earn a tax deduction for donation of his pre-presidential papers. Brown also drafted and helped to pass the California Political Reform Act of 1974, Proposition 9, among other provisions, it established the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Brown won the primary with the recognition of his father, Pat Brown
2. George Pardee – George Cooper Pardee was an American doctor of medicine and politician. Pardee was born on July 25,1857, in San Francisco, California, the Pardee family was well known in the San Francisco Bay Area. His father was a prominent oculist in San Francisco and Oakland, enochs stature within the community helped him get elected to the California State Assembly in the early 1870s, and later as the Mayor of Oakland for a single term from 1876 to 1878. Raised in the Pardee Home in Oakland, George Pardee closely followed in his fathers medical background and he attended the nearby University of California, Berkeley, then studied medicine at the Cooper Medical College in San Francisco. In 1885, Pardee traveled abroad to receive his degree at the University of Leipzig in the German Empire. After his return from Germany, Pardee joined his fathers practice, specializing in eye. Like his father, Enoch, Pardee also developed an early interest in politics, by the early 1890s, Pardee had become an active member of the Republican Party, and was elected to the Oakland Board of Health and the Oakland City Council. In 1893, following an election, Pardee became the 29th Mayor of Oakland. During his mayoralship, Pardee began a battle with the Southern Pacific Railroads ownership of the Port of Oakland. At one point, Pardee kicked down a piece of the fence erected by the Southern Pacific out of anger. During the San Francisco plague of 1900–1904, Pardees quick rise in East Bay politics was noticed by the state Republican leadership prior to the 1902 general elections. In the 1902 general elections, Pardee faced a race between the Democrats Lane, Socialist Gideon Brower and Prohibitionist Theodore Kanouse. Pardee barely edged over Lane, winning the governorship with a plurality of 0. 9%, less than 3,000 votes separated the two leading candidates. Assuming the governorship on January 7,1903, Pardee began a program to eradicate San Franciscos bubonic plague outbreak. The plague had been present in the city since 1900, yet was denied by the previous administration of Henry Gage. As both a physician and politician, Pardee realized the dire consequences both to the citys population and the states economy, now under threats of a nationwide boycott. Pardee permitted state health officials and federal authorities of the Marine Hospital Service to stamp out the plague, by the end of 1904, the plague had been brought under control. Nearly 200 deaths were attributed to the outbreak, during his medical studies in the German Empire, Pardee was greatly influenced by Germanys push for higher education and environmental conservation during its rapid industrialization
3. Ron Dellums – Ronald Vernie Ron Dellums served as Oaklands forty-eighth mayor. Dellums was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, Dellums was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California and the first openly socialist successful non-incumbent Congressional candidate since World War II. His politics earned him a place on President Nixons enemies list, during his career in Congress, he fought the MX Missile project and opposed expansion of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber program. Dellums was born in Oakland, California, to Verney and Willa Dellums and his uncle, C. L. Dellums, was one of the organizers and leaders of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. He has a younger sister Theresa and his mother Willa died on August 17,2008, at the age of 89. Dellums attended Oakland Technical High School and McClymonds High School and he served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. Dellums later received his A. A. degree from the Oakland City College in 1958, his B. A. from San Francisco State University in 1960 and he became a psychiatric social worker and political activist in the African American community beginning in the 1960s. He also taught at the San Francisco State University and the University of California, Dellums is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Dellums has been married three times and he married his second wife, attorney Leola Roscoe Higgs, in 1961. He married his wife, Cynthia Lewis, in 2000. Dellums has eight children and stepchildren, One son, Michael, was convicted of a drug-related homicide in 1979, and remains in prison, being repeatedly denied parole due to bad behaviour. Dellums has been in politics for over forty years and he has held positions on the Berkeley City Council, in the US House of Representatives, and was the mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011. Dellums was elected to the Berkeley City Council, after prompting from Maudelle Shirek, Dellums defeated Cohelan in the Democratic primary and won the general election, serving without interruption for 27 years. In 1972, Dellums was reelected to Congress,60 to 38 percent over his Republican opponent, Peter D. Hannaford and his politics earned him a place on the so-called Nixons Enemies List, where his notation stated Dellums had extensive EMK-Tunney support in his election bid. In January,1971, just weeks into his first term, Dellums set up an exhibit of Vietnam war crimes in an annex to his Congressional office, the exhibit featured four large posters depicting atrocities committed by American soldiers, embellished with red paint. The My Lai massacre was followed thereafter by a series of hearings on war crimes in Vietnam. Dellums had called for investigations into the allegations, but Congress chose not to endorse the proceedings. As such, the hearings were ad hoc and only informational in nature, as a condition of room use, press and camera presence were not permitted, however, the proceedings were transcribed
4. Libby Schaaf – Elizabeth Beckman Libby Schaaf is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. She is the mayor of Oakland, California and a member of the Oakland City Council. Schaaf won the November 4,2014, Oakland mayoral election in the 14th round in ranked choice voting with 62. 79% of the vote, before starting her political career, Schaaf was an attorney at the largest firm in Oakland at the time, Reed Smith LLP. She then became the director for the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute in 1995. In 2009, Schaaf graduated from Emerge California, a training program for women who aspire to seek elected office. Before joining the Oakland City Council in 2010, Schaaf served as the Economic Policy Advisor for the council for a year, in 2010, Schaaf was elected to represent her home district, District 4, on the Oakland City Council. Schaaf also strove to increase government transparency and efficiency, build a safer city and she worked extensively on Oakland Police Department reform, hiring more civilian staff and pushing through a plan to unite both the Alameda and Oakland Police Departments. In the race for Oakland mayor, Schaaf was endorsed by Governor of California Jerry Brown, in June 2015, Mayor Schaaf announced the formation of Oakland’s first Department of Transportation. The Department of Transportation assumed some responsibilities formerly held by Oakland Public Works, such as design, resurfacing. In her announcement, Mayor Schaaf said that the focus will be on, “sustainable strategies that can bring needed change quickly to city streets. ”The Department of Transportation consists of 300 employees, previously working in the Department of Public Works and Oakland Police Departments Parking Enforcement operations. Funding for the Department of Transportation came from public resources, including Measure BB. Schaaf hired Matt Nichols as her Policy Director for Transportation and Infrastructure in March 2015, jeff Tumlin was named Interim Director of the department in June 2016. In May 2015, Mayor Schaaf instituted a ban on nighttime marches without permits in public roadways in Oakland, citing existing city policies. The first enforcement of this ban was on May 21, during a #SayHerName march, demonstrators met at Frank Ogawa Plaza before sunset for a rally. After the rally, demonstrators began to march onto the street, Police officers told them to keep to the sidewalks, and cited California Vehicle Code Section 2800, making it an arrestable offense not to comply with the police order. This was an interference with the demonstration given that there had been no serious crimes committed. Other legal experts pointed to similar policies in cities like New York, Schaaf was born in Oakland, California, on November 12,1965. Growing up in Oaklands District 4, Schaaf attended Head-Royce School and Skyline High School and she holds a B. A. in political science from Rollins College and a J. D. from Loyola Law School
5. Henry Durant – Henry Durant was the founding president of the University of California. Durant attended Phillips Academy and the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts, he studied for the ministry at Yale College. In 1833 he was ordained pastor of the Congregational church of Byfield, in the same year, he married Mary E. Buffett of Stanwich, Connecticut. After serving in the ministry for 16 years, he resigned his pastorate and he held that position from 1849 to 1852. In 1853, Durant came to California and founded the Contra Costa Academy, in 1855, the school was chartered as the College of California. The college later disincorporated and merged with the state of Californias Agricultural, Mining, Durant was elected the first president of the University of California on August 16,1870 and resigned only two years later in order to relinquish the position to a younger man. In 1873, the University of California moved to its new Berkeley campus, old age did not keep Durant from being elected the 16th mayor of Oakland, although he only served for three years before dying in office, on January 22,1875. Hotel Durant Biography at UC Berkeley
6. John W. Dwinelle – John Whipple Dwinelle was an American lawyer and politician. He served in a number of posts in California and played important roles in both the legal history of San Francisco and the establishment of the California public university system. Dwinelle was born in Cazenovia, New York, the son of Congressman Justin Dwinell and Louise Whipple and he graduated from Hamilton College in 1834. While studying law, he edited the New York Daily Gazette, the Daily Buffalonian, Dwinelle was admitted to the bar in October 1837 and began a legal practice in Rochester, New York. In 1844 he was elected city attorney of Rochester, the next year he became master of chancery. In 1849, he sailed to San Francisco, California, Dwinelles lengthy brief on these matters of land usage and history were published as The Colonial History of San Francisco. Dwinelle was also the lawyer in an important court case regarding school segregation, in Ward v. Flood, he represented a black child who was refused enrollment at a San Francisco school. This upheld the principle of separate but equal many years before the legal doctrine was adopted by the United States Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson. While this ruling did not desegregate California schools, it did guarantee the right of students to an education. As an Assemblyman, Dwinelle wrote and introduced the 1868 Organic Act establishing the University of California, Dwinelle became one of the first Regents of the University of California. Dwinelle Hall at University of California, Berkeley, the first campus opened as a result of Dwinelles bill, is named for him, while trying to catch a ferry, Dwinelle fell from a pier in Port Costa, California, and drowned. His body washed ashore three weeks later, john W. Dwinelle at Find a Grave
7. John B. Felton – John Brooks Felton was an American jurist and politician who served as the 14th Mayor of Oakland, California. He graduated from Harvard in 1847 and briefly served as a Greek tutor before pursuing the law and he studied the Napoleonic code in Paris for one year and became fluent in both French and Spanish. In 1854, Felton moved to San Francisco to open a law practice with Harvard classmate, the firm, which was later joined by A. C. Felton was an advisor to Levi Parsons of the San Francisco Dock. Felton campaigned unsuccessfully for a seat in the U. S. Senate in 1867 and 1874 and he was Mayor of Oakland from 1869-1870 and a Presidential Elector for California during the 1868,1872, and 1876 Presidential Elections. Felton was the first President of the Board of Trustees of Toland Medical College and was tasked with obtaining the schools charter and he was a regent of the University of California from its inception in 1868 until his death. Felton also served as the President of the San Francisco and Oakland Railroad, the town of Felton, CA is named after John Brooks Felton
8. Frank K. Mott – Frank Kanning Mott was the 35th mayor of Oakland, California. Mott was born in San Francisco on January 21,1866 and his father, who worked for the Central Pacific Railroad, died when he was 11. To support the family, Mott quit school and worked as a boy for Western Union and then as a telephone operator. He entered the business as a clerk at the age of 16. He entered politics in 1894 when then-Mayor George Pardee appointed him to the city council to fill H. P and he went on to serve two more terms before elected Mayor in 1905. He was re-elected in 1907 by a margin, defeating Socialist O. H. Phillbrick,7,317 to 1,226, and re-elected to the term in 1909. Following the adoption of a new city charter establishing a city government in 1910. He achieved, in 1909, final resolution of the waterfront issue which had preoccupied the leaders of Oakland since the citys founding, the railroad gave up its rights to the waterfront in exchange for a fifty-year franchise on the property it then held. In 1909, Mayor Mott welcomed President William H. Taft to Oakland, the Mayor laid the cornerstone for the present City Hall. On January 10,1911, Mott married Mrs. Gertrude Bennett in San Francisco and his family lived at three different addresses while he was mayor—1066 Jackson,1509 Webster, and 276 Lee Street in Adams Point —all since demolished. He served as the citys right-of-way agent from 1927 until his death on December 16,1958, at the age of 92, an Episcopalian, Mott was cremated following his funeral at the Chapel of the Oaks under the auspices of Masonic Lodge 61. Guide to the Frank Kanning Mott Papers at The Bancroft Library Frank K. Mott portrait at the Oakland Museum of California
9. Jean Quan – Jean Quan was the Democratic mayor of Oakland, California. She previously served as City Council member for Oaklands 4th District, upon inauguration on January 3,2011, she became Oaklands first female mayor. Quan ran a campaign for reelection in 2014, losing the mayoral race to Libby Schaaf. Quans husband, Dr. Floyd Huen, is a doctor of medicine for Alameda County. They met at UC Berkeley as activists on Asian-American issues, Quan was on the Oakland School Board for 12 years, starting in 1990 after organizing a citywide parent organization, Save Our Schools. As a parent leader she helped save the program in the Oakland Schools. She served as chair of the California Urban Schools Association, the Asian Pacific Islanders School Board Members Association, and she was appointed by the Clinton Administration to represent School Boards on the Title I Rules Making Committee. In 1996 with Quan as president, the board instituted a program using Standard English Program strategies to teach standard English to African American students. The move created national news with the perception Oakland schools were teaching students Ebonics because there was discussion about Ebonics being used as a teaching tool, in 2002, Jean Quan was elected to her first term as Council Member for Oakland District 4. During her time on the Council she led initiatives, including, “Measure Q”, To prevent the closure of city libraries. “Oakland Wildfire Prevention District”, Funds annual programs of control, safety inspections and homeowner education. “Oakland Cultural Arts Funding”, Hotel Tax to fund the Oakland Zoo, Oakland Museum of California, Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau, “Measure Y for Public Safety and Measure BB”, These initiatives fund Fire, Police and Violence Prevention Programs. The measure funds 63 police officers including geographically deployed beat officers and programs to prevent crimes, Quan was a past chair of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda Recycling Board. She also authored and voted for legislation which banned the use of containers for take out foods. Police claimed Quan and Kaplan joined a human chain which prevented officers from clearing a street, no charges were filed against the Councilwomen. Quan was the victim of a robbery in September of the same year. Quan attributed the crime to lack of employment opportunities in Oakland, Oaklands 2010 election was held under the citys new instant-runoff voting or ranked choice voting ballot system, which allows voters to indicate their first, second, and third choices of candidate. More than 120,000 voters participated in the largest turnout for a Mayors race in recent memory, though ranked choice voting is promoted as a way to reduce mud-slinging between the candidates, Quan paid for several negative hit pieces on her closest rival