So I didn’t really take many pictures of the ceremonies last night at City Hall, because I wanted to just watch and enjoy the occasion rather than being all distracted with my camera.
But since, in typical Oakland fashion, the whole thing started like 45 minutes late, I did have plenty of time to just look around soak in the jubilant atmosphere in the Council chambers, which was just so refreshing (and also to think about how it may have been wise to wear more comfortable shoes). It was incredible to see that room so packed. It was just completely overflowing, which you almost never see, and when you do, the people in the room tend not to be very happy. So this was just totally awesome.
And I also had plenty of time to remember just how beautiful that room is, which sometimes I forget.
And to appreciate the lovely floral arrangements. (They look expensive! Someone should alert KTVU!)
And then, of course, what we all came to see.
I put my camera away after taking the above photo, so that’s all I have to share. But the whole event was just so touching and I was so happy to be there. I was also pleased to see last night, when I ended up watching, by sheer coincidence, the TV news for the second time in two days and probably also in like six months, that KTVU showed the Oakland ceremonies first and also gave us the longest time.