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Many recyclers gain their only source of income by hauling their recyclables to Alliance Metals in West Oakland, a recycling center now facing closure. Photo courtesy of Street Spirit.

Oakland Shutting Down a Recycling Center, Destroys Lifeline for Homeless Neighbors complained that seeing shopping carts in the street was a nuisance, and the city listened

By Rena Rickles, Street Spirit More than 400 customers of Alliance Metals, a West Oakland recycling center, will lose their only source of income once the center is closed down in August due to complaints [...]
(L to R): Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio, James Vann and Kitty Kelly Epstein speak at Sunday’s
Post Salon about what steps the city has taken to protect Oakland renters during the moratorium. Carroll Fife
moderated the discussion. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Councilmembers Stall Proposal to Extend Housing Moratorium

Community pressure has been mounting for the city to extend the temporary moratorium on rent increases and illegal evictions until the City Council takes decisive action to pass laws that provide long-term protections for Oakland’s [...]
Low wage workers and housing advocates wake up
Mayor Libby Schaaf at her house Monday morning,
demanding protections for Oakland’s most vulnerable
residents. Photo by Nicole Dean.

Sunrise Protest Urges Oakland Mayor to Wake Up and Fight Displacement

Dozens of low-wage workers and housing rights advocates gave Mayor Libby Schaaf a wake up call at her house early Monday morning, demanding that she take urgent action to protect Oakland’s most vulnerable residents from [...]
Waiting to speak  at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting are (L to R): Tyrone Cosey, Chris Jackson, Assata Olugbala and Councilmember Noel Gallo. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Pledge to Keep Three Oakland Neighborhood Job Centers from Closing Mayor eliminated funding for centers in East Oakland, West Oakland and Fruitvale District

A majority of City Council members are determined to find the money in the city budget to save the neighborhood job centers in East, West and Central Oakland that serve unemployed and underemployed workers.
Libby Schaaf

Op-Ed: Libby Schaaf Should Apologize It’s clear the mayor lied to the residents of Oakland about Police Chief Whent’s departure

By Robert Gammon, Oakland Magazine   Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is facing the biggest challenge of her political career right now—and she’s failing badly.   The Oakland Police Department’s horrid sexual misconduct scandal has already [...]