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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 [...]
The city administrator's office donated work boots and supplies to four construction workers from Oakland in 2014 to help them in the process of qualifying for jobs at the Oakland Army Base. Left to right, Johnny Evans, Fernander Thompson, Otis Duckett, Jonothan Dumas, employment services supervisor of the the city´s Contract Compliance & Employment Services Division, and Jeffery Duckett.

Will City-funded Jobs Go to Oakland’s Black Residents? City Council will vote Tuesday on jobs policy that promotes equity

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to guarantee jobs for unemployed and underemployed African American and women workers who have long been left out of opportunities to work on city-funded construction projects.
Lynette McElhaney and Peggy Moore

Oakland Council Candidates’ Finance Statements Reveal Big Spenders, Large Campaign Debts

Campaign finance statements of Oakland City Council candidates were officially released last week, revealing large unpaid expenses in at least one campaign and heavy contributions by real estate developers and the police union in others.

Oakland Cannabis Proposal to Fund Social Services Deadlocks in Council

Public Safety Committee officials on Tuesday deadlocked on a proposal by council members Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo and Larry Reid that would require all pot businesses in Oakland to share their earnings with the city [...]

Oakland Council to Vote on Cannabis Program to Finance Social Services, Tuesday, Sept. 27

City Council will be voting next week on updating Oakland’s local cannabis Equity Permit Program in such a way that would generate millions of dollars from the city’s marijuana industry to help fund greatly needed [...]
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Rashidah Grinage, Kitty Kelly Epstein and Carroll Fife. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Local Jobs Policy Moves Forward in Oakland City Council

Councilmembers passed a resolution guaranteeing local hiring for Oaklanders on city-funded projects at Thursday’s Rules and Legislation committee, forwarding the jobs policy resolution to next week’s Community and Economic Development Committee. &
Mika McCants, owner of Spoiled Boutique in Oak- land. Photo by Ken Epstein.

New Task Force Could Advocate for Oakland’s Diverse Small Businesses

A number of residents are raising questions about a City Council Community and Economic Development (CED) decision this week to create a small business task force.