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The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center across from Lake Merritt in Oakland. Image courtesy of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Development Moves Forward at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

Orton Development, which has the exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) on the $52 million renovation of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center at Lake Merritt, provided a glimpse of its proposed project this week at a [...]
(L to R): Sandré Swanson, Barbara Lee and Nate Miley

Nate Miley Wins Reelection; Swanson Will Face Skinner in November Election

In the battle for the open 9th district seat in the State Senate, Democrats Sandré Swanson and Nancy Skinner will face a rematch in November. Skinner won 47 percent of the vote while Swanson received [...]
Carroll Fife spoke at a recent Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, opposing the closing of neighborhood job centers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Pressure Forces Council Members to Seek Funding to Save West Oakland and Fruitvale Job Centers

Members of the Oakland City Council are looking for ways to save West Oakland and Fruitvale neighborhood career centers in the wake of community protests over Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to close the centers at [...]
A mural at 1600 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 2012. Photo by Anne-Sophie Braendlin, courtesy of Oakland North.

Oakland at National Forefront of Cannabis Reform

The Oakland City Council unanimously backed a resolution this week urging the state of California to create a process to erase criminal records for cannabis-related offenses and to remove restrictions that prohibit offenders from participating [...]
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Congressional Leaders Call for Greater Tech Diversity

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Members of the Tri-Caucus introduced a Congressional resolution this week calling for greater transparency and access to computer science education for all students to ensure greater diversity in the booming tech [...]
Speakers at this week’s Workforce Development Board meeting included (L to R): Richard de Jauregui of the
Oakland Private Industry Council, Kathy Chao Rothberg of Lao Family Community Development and District 5 City Councilmember Noel Gallo. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Community Fights to Save West Oakland, Fruitvale Job Centers Community pledges to use Schaaf’s “It’s a Hella Time” slogan for Oakland’s jobless

Oakland community members are opposing Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to close West Oakland and the Fruitvale District job centers that provide services to the unemployed.   Together, the West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center and the [...]