- March. Urban Warrior. A military force “invades” Oakland as a training exercise. A precursor to “Urban Shield.”
- DAC began with a grant from the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2008 to the Port of Oakland to secure port facilities “from terrorists.”
- June. City of Oakland representatives signed a document to “Explore the Development of a Joint Port-OPD-OFD-OES Domain Awareness Coordination Center …”
- Sept. The Federal government tentatively approved a grant to the Port of Oakland for $2.9M to implement the Joint City/Port DAC.
- July. Oakland City Council approves the $2.9M grant noted above.
- ? (Jan-April) Final grant documents signed.
- Oct. A Request for Proposal to Implement Phase I of the DAC is sent out by the City of Oakland.
- ? Contract is given to SAIC.
- Feb. Emails exchanged between SAIC and City officials discussing problems with Oakland’s Nuclear Free Ordinance (see below).
- April (?). SAIC completes Phase I, which “included the Design/build that would include equipment, services and the key City systems’ integration.”
- May. The Port of Oakland approves transferring “Port Security Grant” monies to fund Phase II of the DAC.
- June. Edward Snowden reveals documents describing how the Federal Government and the NSA have been spying on Americans (and everyone else) without regard to privacy and the 4th amendment.
- July. Current and former Occupy Oakland members become aware of the DAC.
- July 17th. Ali Winston, investigative reporter, writes an article published in the San Francisco Chronicle about the DAC: “Oakland Surveillance Center Raises Concerns” http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Oakland-surveillance-center-raises-concerns-4671708.php
- July 26th. A call on the Occupy Oakland calendar “to organize against the DAC” at the Sudo room is listed.
- August. City staff “discover” (reveal) that SAIC is involved or affiliated with nuclear weapons technology research or support, in violation of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Ordinance.
- August 15th. Second meeting to “organize against the DAC.”
- August 29th. Third meeting. The group is now called the “Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group.”
- Sept. OOPG changes its name to the Oakland Privacy Working Group (OPWG).
- Oct. Oakland City Manager Deanna Santana decides to ask the Council to grant her permission to choose a new Phase II contractor from the set of four Phase I contractors whom they had rejected in favor of SAIC last year.
- Oct. OPWG begins to raise opposition to the DAC.
- Oct. 13th. New York Times article about surveillance “Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance” in Oakland and the DAC.
- Nov 19th. City Council votes 6-1 (McElhaney objecting) to approve Santana’s request.
- Nov 27th. Darwin BondGraham and Ali Winston publish “Oakland Surveillance Contractor Lied On Official Documents” documenting the SAIC Nuclear Free Ordinance coverup. http://tinyurl.com/po4frc9_
- Dec (?) First DAC FAQ is created and printed.
- Dec. 30th: Al Jazeera published an article about the DAC and the opposition to it.
- Jan 3rd. OPWG has a booth at First Friday, one of a few over the course of the battle against the DAC.
- Jan. Santana chooses Schneider Electric as the Phase II contractor.
- Jan. DAC opposition grows. OPWG meetings, held weekly at the Sudo room, start to have dozens of people show. Brian Hofer joins the group.
- Jan. OPWG creates an online petition against the DAC. Ultimately it is signed by more than 5000 people!
- Jan 24th. A “cease and desist” letter threatening a lawsuit on the basis of irregularities in awarding the Phase 2 contract is created by OPWG and others and ultimately delivered to the Council.
- Jan 28th. Schneider proposal comes before the City Council Public Safety Committee, where it is approved 3-0-1.
- Feb. Rally and march against the DAC, with giant rat puppet and posters, organized by OPWG. Cat Brooks, Mollie Costello, and Dan Siegel speak at rally.
- Feb. Negotiations amongst City Council members, the ACLU, the EFF and OPWG are held
- Feb 18th. More than 50 people testify in unanimous opposition to the DAC, including a number from the Lighthouse Mosque. City Council discusses scaling back the system to only handle Port Security and emergencies, then votes 6-0-2 to postpone a decision for two weeks.
- March 4th. After unanimous public opposition, the Council voted 5-4, Mayor Quan breaking the tie, in favor of a Port-restricted DAC. Had Quan voted against, or had Mayor-to-be Libby Schaaf abstained instead of voting ‘no,’ the DAC would have been killed outright.
- March. Stingray (cellphone surveillance) and ALPR (license plate reading technology) are raised as potential issues for OPWG.
- July OPWG officially endorses the Berkeley ‘no-tasers’ campaign.
- Sept. OPWG helps protest Urban Shield, resulting in a decision not to hold the militarized police training in Oakland in subsequent years.
- Oct. OPWG members help organize and run “Inside Urban Shield,” a report-back from reporters and others who attended the Urban Shield trainings and “weapons for sale” convention.
- Dec. OPWG members lead the charge to fund and acquire an “FOIA Document Scanner.” Josh Smith acquires the scanner.
- Jan. OPWG members take part in organizing and protests against San Leandro acquiring an armored vehicle, to no avail.
- Jan. Meridith Sward of OPWG creates a Stingray video.
- Feb. Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approves purchase of a “Stingray.” This will later be rescinded.
- March. FLIR becomes an issue (Infrared sensor on a helicopter) in Oakland.
- April. SB 34 (ALPR regulation for California) begins to move through the legislature.
- May. OPWG begins meeting at the OMNI. It had been meeting at the Impact Hub, and before that, at the Sudo room.
- June. PredPol (Predictive Policing) becomes an issue in Oakland. Council allocates $150K to purchase software.
- Sept. OPWG begins working with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, the ACLU and others to create and pass a Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance in Santa Clara County.
- Sept. OPWG begins working with Alameda County Supervisors and the ACLU on an ordinance regulating the use of Stingrays and similar (cellphone intercept technology) by County law enforcement.
- Oct. OPWG members testify at Berkeley City Council against Tasers.
- Oct. OPWG members testify against Urban Shield participation by Berkeley to the Police Review Commission, to no avail.
- Oct. OPWG members testify at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as to the nature of Stingrays and in favor of strict regulation.
- Nov 3rd. OPWG members testify against appropriating money to give OPD 121 additional shotguns to no avail.
- Nov 17th. Alameda County Board of Supervisors passes a Stingray regulation ordinance, allowing deployment only with a warrant and with other, significant restrictions.
- Dec 16th. Berkeley City Council votes not to enact a moratorium on Urban Shield participation by BPD. OPWG members testified in favor, created blown up photos (e.g. “Black Rifles Matter”) and created a video that was shown.
- Jan. Legislation actually creating the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission is finally passed into law. Appointments for the positions begin to be accepted.
- March. OPWG presents at RightsCon in San Francisco.
- April 28th. First BART hearing on ALPRs. OPWG members testify against proposed pilot program.
- May 21. OPWG presents at Left Forum in New York City.
- June 7th. Santa Clara County becomes the first jurisdiction in the nation to pass a Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance
- Jun 21st. Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission (OPAC) appointees approved by City Council.
- July. The first meeting of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission happens. Brian Hofer is elected as chair.
- July. OPWG presents at the HOPE conference in New York City.
- July. Members vote to change the name of OPWG to simply “Oakland Privacy” and to adopt a somewhat revised logo, replacing the “Eye of Sauron” with a digitized eye.
- July. Meetings begin with Oakland Privacy, ACLU and BART officials and BART police to draft a SERO.
- July. Oakland Privacy discovers that CALIBRE Press will be training police in “shoot first” tactics in the Bay Area, and makes a stink, with much press being generated. The Santa Clara sheriff, which was to sponsor the event, withdraws support.
- August. The CALIBRE training takes place at a private location in San Jose.
- Sept. Oakland Privacy begins working in Berkeley to pass a Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance.
- Jan 5th – After months of working on the language, OPAC passes SERO unanimously for consideration by the City Council after a public hearing.
- March – Richmond becomes interested in having a SERO and a privacy commission.
- March – Work on modifying proposed statewide SERO by Senator Hill to make it stronger, or opposing it if not.