Highlights From Last Night’s City Council Meeting: Parcel Tax is a Go; Parker Named City Attorney

Big fun last night as the Oakland City Council debated a number of contentious issues and set the ballot for this fall’s special election. The bullet points:

Barbara Parker, who’s been acting as the city attorney since John Russo left for Alameda, was officially appointed City Attorney with a 5-3 vote. Voting for her appointment — which will fill out Russo’s term and end in January 2013 — were Councilmembers Larry Reid, Pat Kernighan, Rebecca Kaplan, Nancy Nadel, and Libby Schaaf; Desley Brooks, Ignacio de la Fuente, and Jane Brunner voted against. Of particular note: Councilwoman Brunner — who’s openly said she wants the job and whose (now removed and cached) web site said so as recently as yesterday afternoon — didn’t abstain, nor did she say anything when a deputy city attorney asked the council if any of them would also be seeking the office (and would therefore have a conflict of interest). Regardless, Parker enjoyed massive public support at the meeting: Of the dozens of speakers during public comment, not one spoke against her, and the chambers were filled with folks wearing neon “I Support BJP” stickers.*

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