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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 [...]
Members of Awon Ohun Omnira perform the Ring Shout around an altar in memory of enslaved people at a Juneteenth celebration. Photo by Yesufu Shangosola, 2013.

Juneteenth: Celebrating the Roots of Freedom in Oakland

While parades and festivals mark the Juneteenth holiday in San Francisco, Berkeley, Vallejo and Tracy, Omnira Institute’s 9th annual Juneteenth observation in Oakland focuses on prayer and remembrance.
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 [...]
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 [...]