Desley Brooks

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Desley Brooks
Member of the Oakland City Council
from District 6
Assumed office
Preceded by Moses Mayne
Vice Mayor
Assumed office
Jan 2011
Preceded by Ignacio De La Fuente

Desley Brooks is a City Council member on the Oakland City Council, a position she's held since 2002. In January 2011, Brooks was also inaugurated as the Vice Mayor of Oakland, California.[1]

Brooks was first elected to the council in 2002, taking the seat formerly held by Moses Mayne.[2][3] Brooks was born in New Orleans, and she grew up in Los Angeles and Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of Washington and a J.D. from Seattle University.[4] Prior to her service on the city council, Brooks served Chief of Staff to Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson.[5] In 2002, Brooks listed endorsements by a number of individuals including sitting city council member Nancy Nadel and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel.

In 2008 Brooks sued San Francisco Chronicle for libel.[6] That case, Brooks v. San Francisco Chronicle, was ultimately dismissed.[7]

In 2010 Brooks spoke on the one-year anniversary of the BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant.[8]

In 2011 Council member Brooks was among the protestors sleeping in tents on the inaugural night of the Occupy Oakland encampment.[9]

In 2012, Brooks put forward a public safety proposal calling for, among other things, better lighting in high crime areas of the city.[10]


  1. ^ "Oakland Inauguration: Larry Reid Is Council President, Desley Brooks Is Oakland's Vice Mayor". 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  2. ^ Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross (2006-05-01). "Brooks' city funds helped spur Dellums run". Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ Fairvote Democracy and Instant Run-off Voting examines the 2002 Mayne-Brooks race
  4. ^ Jonathan Wafer, Berkeley Daily Planet "10 Questions for Oakland Council member Desley Brooks", 2008-05-08
  5. ^ Desley Brooks bio, 2002
  6. ^ Robert Gammon "Desley Brooks Versus Chip Johnson"
  7. ^ First Amendment Coalition Brooks v. San Francisco Chronicle
  8. ^ "Vigil honors Oscar Grant, BART slaying victim". 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  9. ^ Maher, Sean (11 October 2011). "Council member camps overnight with Occupy Oakland protesters". Contra Costa Times. Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Oakland considers plan to light high crime areas". 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 

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