O’Malley Strikes Back covers the battle for justice in Alameda County’s criminal justice system where the DA ignores patterns of misconduct

Alameda County Superior Court
Alameda County Superior Court
Alameda County Superior Court — Credit: Sophie Ho

In the midst of a pandemic, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley “strikes back” against charges that her office has a “troubling and extensive pattern of misconduct.”

In a commendable act of bravery, the public defender’s office took a public stance against the years of misconduct they have witnessed in DA Nancy O’Malley’s office. Their motion to disqualify the entire office from a case states that O’Malley “ignores misconduct in the ranks and in fact covers up that misconduct…


Thank you so much for sounding the alarm about this in the midst of the pandemic! Blessings to you!


Oath Keepers-leaders of the January 6th insurrection have openly recruited law enforcement and politicians in Alameda County

Oath Keepers in Alameda County
Oath Keepers in Alameda County
Oath Keepers Booth at 2017 Urban Shield event — Credits: Courtesy of CBS SF Bay Area

On January 6, 2021, everyday white citizens tried to overthrow the government. They were led by white supremacist organizations well-known to our government. One of those groups is the Oath Keepers, a right-wing extremist group that operates in Alameda County.

In Alameda County there are rumors that our Sheriff Greg Ahern is a member of the Oath Keepers. Suspicions are that, even if Sheriff Ahern is not a member, he embraces their beliefs. In 2017, the Oath Keepers had a booth at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office’s Urban Shield training program. The booth shown above was at a church in…


The Oakland A’s and the Oakland City Council must not make a backroom deal to sell public land to billionaire John Fisher and cost taxpayers millions for a Stadium

Oakland Coliseum Baseball Field
Oakland Coliseum Baseball Field
Oakland Coliseum, Credit: Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

Keep the A’s at the Coliseum

The Oakland City Council is considering whether to sell its half interest in the Oakland Coliseum property to the A’s at the below‑market rate of $85 million. The Coliseum is some of the most valuable land in the entire Bay Area. This public land should not be handed over without full, public deliberation — especially when the sale would be at a discounted price. At a minimum, the City must require that, if the A’s buy the land, they must actually build their stadium at the Coliseum site.

Oakland Always Gets the Short End of the Deal

Among American cities with major‑league sports franchises, Oakland has ended up on…


Public Land should not be handed over to a billionaire family without full transparency — especially when selling at a discounted price

Oakland Coliseum Baseball Field
Oakland Coliseum Baseball Field
Oakland Coliseum, Credit: Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

Municipalities everywhere are grappling with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Oakland is no exception. The city is understandably looking everywhere for ways to fill the budget hole.

But it is gravely concerning that the City Council met behind closed doors last week to hammer out a plan to sell the city’s half of the Oakland Coliseum property to the A’s at the below-market rate of $85 million.

The Coliseum is some of the most valuable land in the entire Bay Area. This public land should not be handed over without full, public deliberation — especially when the sale would be…


Follow The Money gives “the 411” on how law enforcement unions buy protection from local DAs and elected officials and how to stop it!

#Justice for George Floyd Poster
#Justice for George Floyd Poster

This week, San Francisco is leaning way forward in criminal justice reform in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, joined by Diane Becton, the first Black woman District Attorney in Contra Costa County, George Gascon, the former SF District Attorney and San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar called for the California State Bar to pass an ethics rule prohibiting prosecutors from accepting political donations and endorsements from law enforcement agencies and police unions.

Wow! This hits home in Alameda County. They decided to “Follow the Money!”

Follow The Money

In 2018, Republican Alameda…


America is not so beautiful as we experience the staggering death toll of COVID-19 and struggle to maintain stability in the midst of total economic chaos and a dying democracy

Body Bag demonstration outside Trump International Hotel in Northwest D.C
Body Bag demonstration outside Trump International Hotel in Northwest D.C
Body Bag demonstration outside Trump International Hotel in Northwest D.C
Credit: Yilmaz Akin / Provided by Subminimal

Warning: this is a dark piece in a dark time.

As I think about what to write this morning, I recognize the need to express the shame, horror and fear of this moment. Almost 100,000 people dead from COVID-19. Millions of people have no way to pay for food or rent. Millions of elders are at risk of death or homelessness. Yet, we cling to the shreds of a dying democracy and a fantasy called “getting back to normal.”

The shame is that we as a nation seem oblivious to the tragedy of so many unnecessary deaths in our midst…


San Leandro police’s shooting of Steven Taylor will test California’s new law for use of deadly force by police and could result in a statewide police accountability standard if the Attorney General steps into the case

Steven Taylor killed by police in San Leandro California, April 18, 2020.
Steven Taylor killed by police in San Leandro California, April 18, 2020.
Steven Taylor killed by police in San Leandro California, April 18, 2020. Photo Courtesy of S. Lee Merritt

I live in Oakland California about 3 miles from San Leandro, California. San Leandro is what some call a “bedroom community” to Oakland. It’s a City where restrictive covenants and land use permits were used to stop Black people from moving from Oakland to San Leandro. Local celebrity Brian Copeland tells the story of how he grew up in San Leandro when it was 94% white. Copeland wrote a play and a book about it.

Most folks in the East Bay know San Leandro’s history. So when San Leandro police shot and killed Steven Taylor in a Walmart store on…


As Bernie Sanders suspends his presidential campaign, I feel like going on even knowing the “beloved community” will not come in my lifetime

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and compatriots at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and compatriots at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and compatriots at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963, Credit: Corbis/Getty Images

This was a rough week. It started on Saturday, April 4th as I remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. That awful night in Memphis traumatized the entire country. It was such a game-changer for me personally. Yet, here we are, some 52 years later and barely a mention of the event that shook America to its core. It seems that the pandemic “trumps” everything.

Fast forward to April 8, 2020 — a day that will live in infamy for me and so many others. The day that Bernie Sanders “suspended” his campaign for the U.S. Presidency.

The…


50 Years ago, a stranger opened her heart and home to become a foster Mom for a kid she did not know. Honoring her in my journey from juvenile hall to the US Supreme Court.

50 Years Today, it’s February 24th. I’m in juvenile hall. For at least the 3rd time. 50 years ago today I was a foster kid with no where to go. So, they put me in juvenile hall. And 50 years today, my foster Mom, Alice Aaron, decided to open her heart and her home to take a chance on me. Known affectionately as “GinaMama”, she was every kid’s dream grandmother — she loved all of us unconditionally.

Still, it’s 1970. This is not a good year for me. Or our country. The country is at war — both externally and…

Pamela Y. Price

CA Lawyer of the Year in Employment (2002). Champion of Justice. Civil Rights Warrior. Title IX Pioneer. Survivor of Ohio juvenile justice & foster care system.

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