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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.
Speakers at CDBG meeting on Aug. 31. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Community Worries About Future of Federal Neighborhood Funding City staff is “effectively killing” community boards, says Councilmember Brooks

Confusion and disagreement over the way the city allocates its federal funding for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods has some residents worried that their neighborhood will not be getting proper say in the allocation process.
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo by Phil Konstantin (Flickr/ CC)

Tenant Protection Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval If signed into law by, bill could protect renters from blacklisting and unfair credit damage

For families and individuals facing eviction in California, troubles rarely cease after a court hearing – even if the tenants win their case and aren’t evicted. &
Carroll Fife (left) and Jahmese Myres spoke Thursday at a community meeting to demand living wage jobs at
a new Port of Oakland warehouse development. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Coalition Demands Port of Oakland Agree to Living Wage Warehouse Jobs Rally for jobs at Port Commission meeting Thursday at noon

A coalition of local organizations is pushing for the Port of Oakland to create living wage jobs for Oakland residents at a logistics center the port is getting ready to build.