FBI Raids Oakland Mayor’s Home Amid Recall Effort

The FBI raided the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao on Thursday, as she faces a recall effort due to increasing crime and budget issues in the city. The movement to recall Thao has gained enough support to appear on the November ballot, having secured 40,000 signatures, surpassing the required 25,000.

Along with Mayor Thao’s home, federal agents also searched the residences of the Duong family, known for their political influence and contributions to Thao’s campaign and other city officials. The Duong family owns Cal Waste Solutions, a recycling company currently under investigation for a potential money-laundering scheme, although the FBI did not confirm if the raids were related to this investigation.

In a statement, the FBI confirmed, “The FBI conducted court-authorized law enforcement activity on Maiden Lane in Oakland this morning. We are unable to provide additional information at this time.” Agents were seen removing boxes from Thao’s home, but the contents and reasons for the seizures remain unclear.

Cal Waste Solutions is reportedly cooperating with authorities. A company spokesperson told CBS News, “We are confident the government will conclude that they are not involved in anything unlawful.” There has been no comment from Mayor Thao’s office regarding the raid.

The raid follows a period of rising violent crime and retail theft in Oakland throughout 2023. Residents have criticized Thao for the delay in appointing a new police chief after former Chief LeRonne Armstrong was removed, a process that took over a year.