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Cortney Glenn (in yellow) and Paula Beal (to her right), backed by community members,
speak to Mayor Schaaf’s Chief of Staff Tomiquia Moss at the front desk of the mayor’s office on Thursday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Evicted Family Tells Oakland Mayor Schaaf: “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”

Family members, along with their children and supporters, packed into the lobby of the office of Mayor Libby Schaaf in City Hall Thursday afternoon, demanding that the mayor take steps to provide emergency relief for [...]
Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of Oakland Private Industry Council; and Kevin Blackburn, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

San Francisco Bank Creates $40 Million Initiative to Help Underserved Communities

  To determine best practices for creating quality jobs and small business expansion in underserved communities, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco ( on June 15 held a seminar in Oakland with local, [...]
Alvaro Sanchez

Assembly Passes Bill to Bring Climate Change Funds to Disadvantaged Communities

This week with bipartisan support the California Assembly passed AB 1550 (Gomez), designed to ensure that the benefits of California’s climate change policies reach the communities and households that need them most.
Jason Bell, director of SF State's Project Rebound program, will head up a statewide effort to expand the program to seven additional California State University campuses, making it accessible to 70 percent of individuals monitored by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

$500,000 Grant Will Fund Project Rebound Programs at CSU Campuses

Courtesy of SFSU News   San Francisco State University will lead a statewide effort to expand college access for formerly incarcerated individuals, the University announced today.   Seven California State University campuses — Bakersfield, Fresno, [...]
dmuhammad

Op-Ed: Oakland Can Have Health and Good Jobs Without Coal

By Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10   Dear Mayor Schaaf and City Council members,   I’m a longshoreman and elected Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10. After much discussion, my union [...]
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan helped rewrite the
renter protection measure being voted on July 5. Photos by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Council to Vote July 5 on Placing Renter Protection on November Ballot Protections would “benefit Oakland’s economy,” says Assistant City Administrator

For about six months, housing experts and tenants’ rights advocates have been pushing to place a renter protection initiative onto the November ballot, and now the Oakland City Council will vote next week on whether [...]