A History of Corruption in Oakland Politics
1854: Oakland incorporated and Horace W. Carpentier elected the first mayor; his 364 votes out-numbered the voting population of the town. ( hmmmm interesting point!)
Thirteen days later, Mayor Carpentier obtains exclusive use of the Waterfront for a period of thirty years.
1855: In reaction to Carpentier's land grab, he is expelled from office. A lengthy court battle ensues over ownership of the Waterfront.
1868: The possibility that Oakland might be selected as the western terminus for the transcontinental railroad brings the dispute with Carpentier to a head. Carpentier agrees to deed his rights to the Oakland Waterfront Company. Later it is learned that Carpentier is President of the Oakland Waterfront Company!
Is there something in the water?