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Kharyshi Wiginton Challenges West Oakland School Board Incumbent Pro-charter school groups pour $70,000 into District 3 campaign

Two-term incumbent Jumoke Hinton Hodge is facing three challengers to represent District 3 on the Oakland Board of Education in a race that is focusing on the school board’s infatuation with charter schools, lack of [...]

Kaplan Faces Four Candidates for At-Large Council Seat

The city council’s at-large seat has attracted the greatest number of candidates, which has incumbent Rebecca Kaplan facing off against four opponents —Peggy Moore, Bruce Quan, Matt Hummel and Nancy Sidebotham. &
Cypress Mandela Executive Director Art Shanks (left) and Executive Director Scott Leary of the Bay Area Builders Exchange are with with the trainees and instructors of Cypress Mandela Training Center, which offers pre-apprenticeship  training in Oakland.

Oakland Passes Policy for Equity on City Funded Building Projects City will require contractors to give fair share of jobs to African Americans and other minorities

In what may be one of the strongest equity policies in the nation, the Oakland City Council this week adopted a resolution requiring contractors to hire African Americans, women and Asian American workers, who will [...]
Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney skipped most of Tuesday night's council meeting to attend a party for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

McElhaney Skips Council Meeting to Attend Political Party as Criticism Mounts Over Alleged Ethics Violations

                        Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney faced intense criticism from fellow council members and the community at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, where [...]
Lailan Huen (front), Carroll Fife (left) and Pamela Drake (right) calling for equitable development with the Chinatown Coalition at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Oakland Coalition Calls for Planning Commission Accountability

Community members and activists from the Chinatown Coalition are calling for changes in how the City and Planning Commission make development decisions.   The group says all city development projects should be passed with signed [...]
Members of Youth Spirit Artworks stand beside their new mural, 'Visions of Mother Nature.' (Photo courtesy Youth Spirit Artworks/ Facebook).

Street Spirit Newspaper Secures New Partner, Seeks Community Support After losing its 22-year funding source, Street Spirit will operate under Youth Spirit Artworks

There are few media outlets that exist purely to support and raise the voices of the homeless community.   “Street Spirit,” a newspaper serving the Bay Area’s homeless, breaks mainstream media trends by reporting on [...]