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Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
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 [...]
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NAACP Hosts School Board Candidate Forum

The NAACP, in conjunction with Oakland Alliance of Black Educators, Elders of Oakland, Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce and Pastor Gerald Agee, will host a candidate forum Monday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 [...]
Brandon Nicholson, director of the Hidden Genius Project accepts funding from AT&T, part of AT&T’s “September Giving” initiative which includes weekly contributions of $20,000 or more to four community organizations helping to empower the students and residents of Oakland.

AT&T’s “September Month of Giving”

Every OUSD student will be assured free tuition their first semester at any of the four Peralta community colleges in the East Bay.   “Our intention is to empower organizations that help inspire, boost academic [...]
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Growing Anger Over “Unfair Termination” of Health Advocate Gigi Crowder

Community members are angry over what they are calling unjust treatment of Gigi Crowder, who is being terminated from her job after serving the African American and other ethnic communities as the Ethnic Services Manager [...]
Aaron Davis (right), on traps, welcomes support from SambaFunk!

After Harassment, Community Rallies to Support Young Lake Merritt Drummer

By Wanda Ravernell   Oakland showed its love for a young local musician who sets up his trap drums on a patch of grass near Grand Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard at Lake Merritt and sets [...]