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City Proposes “Bleak” Budget for Jobs and Training Programs Frank Tucker Removed from WIB Board, Reinstated by Mayor’s Office

The Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) this week released a “bleak” budget proposal for 2015-1016 that would slash funding for jobs and job training between 19 percent and 22 percent, and 50 percent for the [...]
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Berkeley Launches Program to Help Homeowners Conserve Energy And Water

Berkeley this week officially launched the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.
Lance Jackson, COO of Seville Group Inc., is the new interim chief of the Facilities and Planning Department for the Oakland school district.

Jackson gets $30,000 a Month to Replace White’s $13,000 Jackson Not Implicated in West Contra Costa Investigation, Says OUSD

The Oakland Unified School District has hired Lance Jackson as the interim head of the Division of Facilities and Management Department at the cost of $30,000 a month.
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A Push for Alameda County to Fund Re-entry Programs

Alameda County and other California counties have begun receiving millions of dollars a year to partially offset the state decision to save money by shifting many inmates from state prisons to local jails.
The City of Oakland's proposed 800-acre “Coliseum City” is designed to rise upon Oakland’s existing Coliseum site and 550 acres of adjacent land on the other side of I-880. The plan includes nearly 6,000 units of housing, three hotels, over 500,000 square feet of retail space, and nearly 7 million square feet of science, technology, office, and industrial space.

Coliseum City Project Should Benefit Oakland Residents, Say Local Groups Mayor Schaaf does not support building sports arena in business park

At least three local organizations and coalitions are pushing to make sure that the Coliseum City project – if it comes to pass – will provide economic and social benefits to the people who live [...]
Oakland Unified School District headquarters at Second Ave. in Oakland.

OUSD Says HQ Is “Presumed to Be Beyond Repair,” But Architects Say It Can Be Renovated for Half the Cost of New Building

The Oakland Unified District seems to be acting on a presumption that its headquarters – the Paul Robeson Administration Building at 1025 Second Ave. – that was wrecked by a water leak needs to be [...]
(Left to right) Chris Hillyard, General Manager/Co-owner of Farley’s, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Kiara Gomez, employee at Farley’s, and Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Café. Photo by Conway Jones.

Oakland’s New Minimum Wage Takes Effect

Voter-enacted ballot Measure FF, which raises the minimum wage in Oakland from $9 to $12.25/hour, became effective March 2.   The measure, which passed with an 82 percent majority in November, requires employers to provide [...]