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And it was recently discovered that he ran for City Council in District 5 in 1983- tag line, "An Effective Voice/Not Just a Channel." In 1988 or 1992 (please clarify if you know) Gene Hazzard also ran for the At-Large city council seat against Frank Ogawa and lost. He then sued for a recall election (with the help of Phil Tagami) but the effort failed. It's not clear when Gene Hazzard and Phil Tagami went from being friends/allies to mortal enemies.
He's also one of the organizers of one of the campaigns behind the movement to recall Jean Quan: http://oaklandnorth.net/2012/02/17/oaklands-two-mayoral-recall-efforts-begin-gathering-signatures/