Larry Reid

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Larry Reid

Larry Reid is beginning his fourth 4 year term on the Oakland City Council.

Councilmember Reid serves as the Chairperson for the Public Safety Committee for the City of Oakland, is the former Chairman (and currently a member) of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, a Member of the Joint Powers Authority, which oversees the operations for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, a Member of the City/Port Liaison Committee, a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee for the City of Oakland, and the Rules and Legislation Committee.[1]


Larry Reid was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the University of Cincinnati, and has dedicated his community service efforts for the past 22 years in the City of Oakland. He served as Chief of Staff for former Oakland City Councilmember Aleta Cannon and former Mayor and Assemblymember Elihu Harris.[2]

Supporting Sandre Swanson

In 2006, Larry Reid,Councilmember, Oakland , was one of many prominent Northern California leftists to serve on State Assembly hopeful Sandre Swanson's Honorary Campaign Committee.[3]

DataCenter Donor

In 2007 Larry Reid and Kay Baxter were listed on the DataCenter's annual report as donors to the organization. The Oakland, California based DataCenter is widely regarded as the intellegence wing of the United States Left and has close ties to Cuba.[4]

China trade visit

Jean Quan, and Larry Reid in Beijing

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan lead a delegation May 2011, to China, where she hoped to persuade Chinese investors to see the city as a center for tourism and shipping.

Quan hoped her status as the first Chinese American mayor of a major U.S. city will help the trade mission. Her trip was being organized and paid for by the Port of Oakland.

"We're hoping my being there will help make our port a little bit more high profile," Quan said.

After her election , Quan was celebrated in newspapers around China. In the United States, President Obama invited her and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the White House for a state dinner with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Quan said that her ethnic ties will help, but she said having a prominent politician on a trade mission has its own cultural value.

"People in China don't get how our business (world) is so separate from our government," she said. Quan said having an elected official on such a mission shows that "our political structure blesses this, too."

The trip took 12 people, including City Council President Larry Reid and Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin, to three cities in six days. In Beijing, the group met with Hainan Group to try to persuade them to see Oakland as the center of Northern California travel: Yosemite, Wine Country and San Francisco. Among other things, Quan said, they wanted a direct flight from China to Oakland International Airport - which is owned by the port.[5]