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DAN SIEGEL / DARYELLE PRESTON COMPLAINT HAS OAKLAND MAYOR'S RACE IMPLICATIONS

DAN SIEGEL / DARYELLE PRESTON COMPLAINT HAS OAKLAND MAYOR'S RACE IMPLICATIONS

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Published by Zennie Abraham
Dan Siegel, the civil rights lawyer of Siegel and Lee, and Oakland Mayor's Race Candidate, has filed a complaint against The City of Oakland and Deanna Santana in her role as Chief Administrative Officer.

Dan Siegel filed the complaint on behalf of Daryelle LaWanna Preston. Ms. Preston asserts that she was asked to lie about Councilmember Desley Brooks such that Brooks would have been accused of illegal hiring practices at the Rainbow Teen Center. Daryelle LaWanna Preston refused to do that, and says through Siegel that, along with other assertions, caused her to be wrongfully terminated from her job as Employee Relations Director at the City of Oakland.

Overall, the total scope of allegations is damning to the City of Oakland and to some in the Oakland Mayor's Race, specifically Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby.

It was Quan who hired Santana and served as her boss before recently firing her, though the public face was that Santana resigned. Ruby wrote the Oakland City Auditor Report that accused Brooks of violating the Oakland City Charter and on the matter of the Rainbow Teen Center and alleged illegal hiring practices.

If Preston's complaint prevails, it means what other insiders, some on the Oakland City Council, have already claimed to me: that Ruby was investigating something that did not exist. Moreover, the Siegel says the charge against Brooks seems to have been made-up based on email gossip, but no hard proof.

Indeed, the complaint states that Brooks had asked Santanta for "guidance" in the hiring process, but Santana but got none, however Personnel Director Andrea Gourdine, not Brooks, approved the illegal hiring practice. All of that, yet Brooks, in Ruby's report, was fingered for doing what in reality Gourdine had done - and even though no evidence pointed to her.

The report Ruby issued in 2013 caused Oakland City Hall to be terribly racially divided. Brooks is black, as is Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid, who was also named in the report.

Dan Siegel has told me, and in an upcoming video interview, that the complaint impacts Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Auditor Ruby, and even Oakland Council President Pat Kernighnan - Mr. Siegel may have all of them deposed.

Stay tuned.
Dan Siegel, the civil rights lawyer of Siegel and Lee, and Oakland Mayor's Race Candidate, has filed a complaint against The City of Oakland and Deanna Santana in her role as Chief Administrative Officer.

Dan Siegel filed the complaint on behalf of Daryelle LaWanna Preston. Ms. Preston asserts that she was asked to lie about Councilmember Desley Brooks such that Brooks would have been accused of illegal hiring practices at the Rainbow Teen Center. Daryelle LaWanna Preston refused to do that, and says through Siegel that, along with other assertions, caused her to be wrongfully terminated from her job as Employee Relations Director at the City of Oakland.

Overall, the total scope of allegations is damning to the City of Oakland and to some in the Oakland Mayor's Race, specifically Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby.

It was Quan who hired Santana and served as her boss before recently firing her, though the public face was that Santana resigned. Ruby wrote the Oakland City Auditor Report that accused Brooks of violating the Oakland City Charter and on the matter of the Rainbow Teen Center and alleged illegal hiring practices.

If Preston's complaint prevails, it means what other insiders, some on the Oakland City Council, have already claimed to me: that Ruby was investigating something that did not exist. Moreover, the Siegel says the charge against Brooks seems to have been made-up based on email gossip, but no hard proof.

Indeed, the complaint states that Brooks had asked Santanta for "guidance" in the hiring process, but Santana but got none, however Personnel Director Andrea Gourdine, not Brooks, approved the illegal hiring practice. All of that, yet Brooks, in Ruby's report, was fingered for doing what in reality Gourdine had done - and even though no evidence pointed to her.

The report Ruby issued in 2013 caused Oakland City Hall to be terribly racially divided. Brooks is black, as is Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid, who was also named in the report.

Dan Siegel has told me, and in an upcoming video interview, that the complaint impacts Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Auditor Ruby, and even Oakland Council President Pat Kernighnan - Mr. Siegel may have all of them deposed.

Stay tuned.

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 Preston v. City of Oakland 
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et al.
, No.  Verified Complaint—112345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728DAN !"#"$, %N 56400&N'A (. )"*+A, %N 294411!"#"$  '""499 14t- treet, ite 300&a/land, California 94612+elep-one 510 8391200aimile 510 4446698 Attorne for laintiff DA'"$$" $A:ANNA "+&N
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ALAMEDA 
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 VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
"mploment?Ci;il i>-t
Jury Trial Demanded
laintiff Darelle $a:anna reton omplain a>aint defendant Cit of &a/land, Deanna antana, and D&" 1 t-ro>- 10, a follo@
PRELIMINARY STATEMENT
1.laintiff Darelle $a:anna reton @a emploed  defendant Cit of &a/land a t-e "mploee elation Diretor of t-e Cit of &a/land @-en -e reported e;eral
 
 Preston v. City of Oakland 
,
et al.
, No.  Verified Complaint—212345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728 ;iolation of tate and loal la@ to -er per;ior and delined to follo@ order t-at  @old -a;e ;iolated t-e la@..2.irt, plaintiff reton refed to follo@ order from -er perior, defendant Cit  Adminitrator Deanna antana Bantana to falif offiial oral and @ritten reportaot &a/land aino@ +een Center B+C t-at @old @ron>l tate t-at &a/land Cit Conil memer Dele %roo/ B%roo/-ad intentionall appro;ed ille>al -irin> pratie at +C and i>ned off improperl on eEipment reeipt. !f tre, t-ee aation @old -a;e  ;iolated &a/land Cit C-arter F 218, @-i- old relt in %roo/ remo;al from t-e Conil.3.eond, plaintiff reton reaonal elie;ed t-at ire C-ief +erea Deloa- eed Beed en>a>ed in a ;iolation of &a/land Cit &rdinane 12903, F 1.10 @-en -e repeatedl diretl ne>otiated and i>ned tentati;e a>reement B+A @it- irefi>-ter $oal 55 B$oal 55 @it-ot ). reton preent a "mploee elation Diretor or Cit Conil at-oriGation. % la@, ). reton mt -a;e otainedmt >ain appro;al from t-e Cit Conil for eed to i>n t-e ontrat. 4.antana aited eed in attemptin> to oneal eed nla@fl ne>otiation and i>natre of +A, and antana retaliated a>aint ). reton @-en -e reported eed at to antana and t-e Cit Attorne of &a/land.5.+-ird, plaintiff reton reaonal elie;ed -er perior, defendant antana, and <atano <aaine B<aaine, +rear )ana>er and eronnel Diretor of t-e Cit of &a/land, @ere en>a>ed in ;iolation of  tate la@, inldin> Cal. #o;Ht Code F 3508.5,  @-en t-e failed to ollet nion de from temporar part time emploee repreented   t-e er;ie "mploee !nternational Inion B"!I. 6.). reton reaonal elie;ed t-at <aaine interfered @it- t-e in;eti>ation of t-e failre to ollet nion de  ontatin> t-e reident of t-e "!I -apter and promiin> to pa "!I all de o@ed in eJ-an>e for droppin> t-e >rie;ane, t-ere  ;iolatin> Cal. #o;Ht Code F 3506.
 
 Preston v. City of Oakland 
,
et al.
, No.  Verified Complaint—3123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627287.laintiff reported all of t-e ao;e at to -er perior, defendant Cit Adminitrator antana.8.Defendant antana reponded to plaintiff report to -er re>ardin> t-ee  ;iolation of la@, and to plaintiff refal to oe ille>al order,  arrin> ot a erie of ad;ere ation lminatin> in plaintiff termination. 9.). reton rin> t-i ation for ;iolation of t-e California $aor Code F 1102.5, and -er ontittional ri>-t to free pee- ndert-ro>- 42 I..C. F 1983.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
10.laintiff laim arie nder t-e tattor la@ of t-e tate of California and of t-e Inited tate.11.+-e ation >i;in> rie to t-i la@it orred in t-e Cont of Alameda.
PARTIES
12.At all rele;ant time, plaintiff Darelle $a:anna reton @a t-e "mploee elation Diretor for t-e Cit of &a/land.13.At all rele;ant time, defendant Cit of &a/land @a a pli entit and -arter it loated in Alameda Cont.14.At all rele;ant time, defendant Deanna antana @a t-e Cit Adminitrator for t-e Cit of &a/land. -e i ed in -er indi;idal apait  15.+-e tre name and apaitie of t-e defendant named -erein a Doe 1 t-ro>- 10, inli;e, @-et-er indi;idal, orporate, aoiate, or ot-er@ie are n/no@n to plaintiff, @-o t-erefore e - defendant  fititio name prant to Code of Ci;il roedre etion 474. laintiff i informed and elie;e, and t-ereon alle>e, t-at ea- of t-e fititiol named defendant i reponile in t-e manner et fort- -erein, or ome ot-er manner for t-e orrene alle>ed -erein and t-at t-e dama>e a alle>ed -erein @ere proJimatel aed  t-eir ondt. laintiff i informed and  elie;e, and t-ereon alle>e, t-at ea- of t-e fititiol named defendant i a

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