Dan Siegel announces candidacy for Oakland mayor


Oakland attorney Dan Siegel, known for a long history of involvement in Bay Area social justice movements, joined a group of more than 150 supporters in front of Oakland City Hall this morning to announce his candidacy for mayor.

In a speech emphasizing his campaign ideals of social and economic justice, Siegel called for shutting down Oakland’s recently approved Domain Awareness Center, raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making improvements in public education “to level the playing field between children from affluent backgrounds and children from poor backgrounds,” and shifting the city’s approach to policing by reorganizing the police department to foster deeper community engagement. We caught a few moments from his speech here:

Guardian video by Rebecca Bowe

Siegel’s campaign co-chair is Walter Reilly, a prominent attorney affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild who said he has a long history of involvement with civil rights and social justice movements. “This is a continuation of that struggle,” he said, adding that Siegel’s affiliation with “a progressive and class-conscious movement” is sorely needed in Oakland.

Left Coast Communications was tapped as Siegel’s campaign consultant. Siegel’s communications director is Cat Brooks, who was previously an organizer and sometimes spokesperson for Occupy Oakland.

In 2011, when the Occupy Oakland encampment sprung up in front of Oakland City Hall, Siegel resigned as a legal advisor to Mayor Jean Quan over a difference in opinion about her handling of the protest movement. Police crackdowns on Occupy, which resulted in violence and the serious injury of veteran Scott Olsen, made national headlines that year. 

Olga Miranda, an organizer with San Francisco janitors union, SEIU Local 87, also spoke on Siegel’s behalf. “San Francisco has become for the rich, and we understand that,” she said. “But at the same time, Oakland isn’t even taking care of its own.” Referencing gentrification, a term that seemed to be everyone's lips, she added, “Dan understands that if you live in Oakland, you should be able to stay in Oakland.”

Asked why he’d decided to run, Siegel told the Bay Guardian, “I feel that not only in Oakland but across the country, things are really ripe for change. When you have a city like Oakland where so many people are in poverty or on the edge of poverty, or don’t have jobs or face evictions … it’s no wonder that the social contract falls apart. It seems to me that what government should do is elevate the circumstances of all people, and particularly people who are poor and disadvantaged.”


Posted by Guest on Jan. 09, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

isn't at all effective in reducing criminal behavior.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 09, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

get a handle on Oakland crime.

The best hope for Oakland is that enough San Franciscans move there to change the overall culture away from crime and towards prosperity through enterprise and hard work.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 09, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

They are going to fuck this guy like they fucked Xtina Olague and and almost did in Normal Yee.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 10, 2014 @ 9:01 am

An overnight raise to a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage only within city limits would basically force hundreds of small businesses to lay off semi-skilled labor.

I wonder if Dan Siegel's law firm even pays the janitors that clean it's office $15 an hour.

Posted by Dave on Jan. 10, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

They will happily condemn hundreds, if not thousands, of their constituents to unemployment as long as they can assert an ideological non sequitur.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 10, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Your racially coded language works best right where it is, behind a computer screen. BIGOTS, move to san francisco.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 29, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

LIU for Mayor of Oakland 2014, I'll defeat all other candidates with less than $1,000.

Posted by Peter Y. Liu on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

I'll defeat all other candidates with less than $1,000.

Posted by Peter Y. Liu on Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

How come the working class gets forced out of San Francisco due to market forces but in Oakland the same process is called "gentrification"? What is it called in SF?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 24, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

I'll vote for Dan Siegel just to abolish the Domain Awareness Center. The Deep State is now the biggest threat of all to American society. Check out Bill Moyer's interview this week with Mike Lofghren on PBS. We need to create as many free cities, states and areas as possible.

And Oakland, if you can, free yourself from Silicon Valley, one of the major partners of the New Deep State.

Live simpler, but live FREE.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 25, 2014 @ 12:34 am

There's a recipe for success for Oakland

Posted by Guest on Feb. 25, 2014 @ 7:48 am

Don Macleay pointed out a demonstrated and potentially worsening leadership problem, here in Oakland Local. "Can Dan Siegel show some leadership at KPFA?" http://oaklandlocal.com/2014/03/can-dan-siegel-show-some-leadership-at-k...

Posted by Ann Garrison on Apr. 03, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

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