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The Department of Transportation will be in charge of projects like the city’s bike lines.

Schaaf Hires $300,000 Part-time Consultant for Eight Months Will $600 million infrastructure bond be “piggy bank” for mayor’s pet projects?

Mayor Libby Schaaf has hired a consultant for $300,000 to work part time for eight months – waiving the competitive bidding process – to establish a new Department of Transportation for the City of Oakland. [...]
Photo by Anna Belle Peevey, courtesy of Oakland North.

Oakland Considers Steps to Protect Low-Income Residential Hotels

Oakland is considering passing regulations to protect residential hotels for low- and very-low income residents.   “Increasingly, speculative real estate investors have begun to target Oakland’s residential hotels as potential lucrative conversion projects,” according to [...]
Huber Trenado, Roseann Torres and Mike Hutchinson

Torres, Hutchinson and Trenado Run in Oakland District 5 School Board Race

Three candidates are actively campaigning for the District 5 seat on the Oakland Board of Education: incumbent Roseann Torres, Oakland native and school activist Mike Hutchinson and middle school teacher Huber Trenado, who is part [...]
Castlemont players lie on their backs with their hands up during the anthem while Kaepernick takes a knee. (Twitter/kirkmorrison).

Oakland High Schoolers Join Kaepernick in National Anthem Protest

As dozens of athletes across the country are joining 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his national anthem protest, one group of young protestors has grabbed the nation’s attention.

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 [...]
Noni Session and Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Noni Session Faces Lynette McElhaney in District 3 Race

With nearly one month left before Oaklanders head to the voting booths, City Council candidates are ramping up their campaign efforts to reach undecided voters.   District 3 is seeing political newcomer Noni Session campaigning [...]
Nurses, local leaders and community members held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss negative health impacts of Sutter’s intention to close Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association (CNA).

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.   In order to avoid state-mandated earthquake safety upgrades, Sutter Health, which operates Alta [...]