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Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Considers Adopting Its First Public Lands Policy The policy could lead to more affordable housing developments on city-owned land

Oakland City Councilmembers began a discussion at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting that could ultimately lead to adopting a policy that would govern how to utilize over 1,000 parcels of publically-owned land.
Ismael Okunade, co-owner of Miliki, Oakland’s only Nigerian restaurant soon to be replaced by a beer garden. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

One of Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurants Makes Way for Beer Garden and Gelato Shop

A beer garden and gelato shop may soon replace Miliki, one of Oakland’s only Nigerian restaurants, located at 3725 MacArthur Blvd. in the Laurel District.   The restaurant’s landlord, Paul Schneider, is looking to turn [...]
Anti-coal picnic at deFremery Park last Saturday.

Neighbors Celebrate the Right to Stay in a Coal-Free Community

By Steve Stallone, SEIU 1021   More than 200 Oakland residents gathered for a day of food, fun, music and resistance Saturday, May 21 at West Oakland’s deFremery Park, celebrating their right to stay in [...]
Supporters of the Protect Oakland Renters Act pack the City Council chambers at Tuesday’s committee
meeting. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Only Renter Protection Measure Can Keep Tenants in Oakland, Say Advocates Mayor opposes expanding eviction protection to new units in Oakland

Oakland councilmembers could have decided at this week’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee to send a rent protection initiative to the full City Council for approval to put on the November ballot for voters [...]
Mona Treviño (center) speaks at Wednesday’s school board meeting while members of Schools Oakland Students Deserve temporarily shut down the meeting protesting a takeover of the school district by charter schools. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Education Activists Protest Charter School Takeover of Oakland Public Schools

Education activists of color marched to the Oakland Board of Education Wednesday meeting, where they shut down the meeting for about 20 minutes to demand that the school board take a stand to halt “Common [...]
Board of Education members speak to special education parents about the district’s five core beliefs, which
include community engagement, at the special education Community Advisory Committee meeting. (Left
to right) Roseann Torres, Jumoke Hinton Hodge, James Harris, and Shanthi Gonzales. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Special Ed Parents Say Oakland School District Breaking Federal Law School administrators walk out of community meeting

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) administrators walked out of the most recent meeting of the district’s official special education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) after parents voted unanimously to criticize the district for moving ahead to [...]