Oakland Public Ethics Commission Opens Investigation Against Councilmember Sheng Thao
The Oakland Public Ethics Commission sent the following email letter to former City of Oakland Councilmember Sheng Thao Employee LeAna Powell. It runs contrary to and proves wrong a news report claiming that the Public Ethics Commission started its investigation in July and not October. The following document that was sent to Zennie62Media proves it was started on October 28, 2022.
Here’s the email letter text:
October 28, 2022
To LeAna Powell
Re: City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission Case #22-18
To LeAna Powell
This is a courtesy notice to inform you that on October 28, 2022 the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission (PEC) opened an investigation based upon an informal complaint you made to our office concerning allegations that City Councilmember Sheng Thao may have used one or more members of her City Council staff to work or volunteer for her 2022 mayoral campaign while those staffers were on City time and receiving City salaries. We are also investigating allegations that the Councilmember may have induced or coerced one or more members of her City Council staff to work on or volunteer on her 2022 mayoral campaign as a condition of their continued employment in her Council office.
The investigation is ongoing and no allegations have yet been proved. There is no deadline for completion of the investigation.
We will contact you again as soon as we have concluded our investigation and determined whether or not any violations occurred. We may also contact you before the investigation is completed, if we need any documents, interviews, or other evidence from you. You are also welcome to provide any oral or documentary evidence you think may be helpful to the investigation.
This investigation is confidential and I cannot provide you with updates or other information relating to the specifics of it. You may contact me with any general questions you may have about our investigative or resolution process.
A full copy of the PEC’s complaint and investigation procedures may be found on our website at
SIMON RUSSELL | Acting Enforcement Chief City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission
This means that Sheng Thao will walk into the Mayor’s Office under a cloud of suspicion. Coupled with allegations and a lawsuit by attorney Marleen Sachs stating that Sheng Thao received preferential treatment in the process of submitting her ballot signatures before the August 12th 2022 5 PM PST deadline, Sheng Thao may become the only Oakland Mayor-Elect who could lose her job within just weeks or months after starting it.
Here is Ms. Powell talking about what happened to her when she worked for Sheng Thao:
Here is my interview with attorney Marleen Sachs:
Here’s Oakland Mayoral Candidate Derrick Soo, who broke the City Clerk Signature Story:
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