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Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney skipped most of Tuesday night's council meeting to attend a party for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

McElhaney Skips Council Meeting to Attend Political Party as Criticism Mounts Over Alleged Ethics Violations

                        Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney faced intense criticism from fellow council members and the community at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, where [...]
Lailan Huen (front), Carroll Fife (left) and Pamela Drake (right) calling for equitable development with the Chinatown Coalition at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Oakland Coalition Calls for Planning Commission Accountability

Community members and activists from the Chinatown Coalition are calling for changes in how the City and Planning Commission make development decisions.   The group says all city development projects should be passed with signed [...]
Members of Youth Spirit Artworks stand beside their new mural, 'Visions of Mother Nature.' (Photo courtesy Youth Spirit Artworks/ Facebook).

Street Spirit Newspaper Secures New Partner, Seeks Community Support After losing its 22-year funding source, Street Spirit will operate under Youth Spirit Artworks

There are few media outlets that exist purely to support and raise the voices of the homeless community.   “Street Spirit,” a newspaper serving the Bay Area’s homeless, breaks mainstream media trends by reporting on [...]
The city administrator's office donated work boots and supplies to four construction workers from Oakland in 2014 to help them in the process of qualifying for jobs at the Oakland Army Base. Left to right, Johnny Evans, Fernander Thompson, Otis Duckett, Jonothan Dumas, employment services supervisor of the the city´s Contract Compliance & Employment Services Division, and Jeffery Duckett.

Will City-funded Jobs Go to Oakland’s Black Residents? City Council will vote Tuesday on jobs policy that promotes equity

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to guarantee jobs for unemployed and underemployed African American and women workers who have long been left out of opportunities to work on city-funded construction projects.
Lynette McElhaney and Peggy Moore

Oakland Council Candidates’ Finance Statements Reveal Big Spenders, Large Campaign Debts

Campaign finance statements of Oakland City Council candidates were officially released last week, revealing large unpaid expenses in at least one campaign and heavy contributions by real estate developers and the police union in others.
President Barack Obama awards the 2015 National Medal of Arts to record producer and songwriter, Berry Gordy, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama Presents Awards to Outstanding Artists, Authors and Performers

President Barack Obama presented awards last Thursday at the White House to two-dozen recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal, including music producer Berry Gordy, author Sandra Cisneros, playwright and [...]
Registered Nurse Mary Jo Albert speaks at Prop. 61 bus tour kickoff in Los Angeles last week.

Nurses Endorse Measures for Gun Safety, Death Penalty Repeal, Lower Drug Prices

The California Nurses Association (CAN) /National Nurses United has announced support for several initiatives on the California November ballot, including Proposition 63, to strengthen gun safety, and Proposition 62, the latest bid to repeal the [...]