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Op-Ed: Oakland Officials Brag About Diversity While Black Workers Are Shut Out African-Americans receive only 5% of work on city-funded construction

    African-Americans made up 28 percent of the Oakland population in 2013-2014 but only worked five percent the hours on city-funded construction projects.   That may seem impossible in Oakland, a city that prides [...]
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Oakland Rejects Police Discipline in 74 Percent of Review Board Cases

A new report from the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) reveals that the Oakland City Administrator dismissed or modified the review board’s recommended discipline against police officers in 74 percent of the allegations that [...]
Members of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters hold up the mayor’s eviction notice at a demonstration in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Renters Serve Eviction Notices to Mayor and City Council Two days after protest, mayor meets with advocates of placing rent initiative on November ballot

Friday, May 20 marks the halfway period of the 90-day housing state of emergency, intended to put a halt on rising rents and evictions while City Council takes action on solutions for Oakland’s housing crisis [...]
Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Courtesy of the East Bay Express.

Oakland Council Dodges Tenants’ Urgent Request to Place Rent Protection Initiative on Ballot by June Deadline, Forces Activists to Gather 22,000 Valid Signatures by May 30

“An item that would not come before the voters before November is not urgent,” said Council President McElhaney.   A heated debate took place at Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting on a procedural motion on [...]
Larry Reid. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Council Votes to Use Unspent Job Funds for Jobseekers City staff says there will be no unspent fund

Councilmember Larry Reid’s resolution to recommend that any unspent city funds go to nonprofits that provide job services to the unemployed passed unanimously at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. &
Bay Area residents, environmental activists and health advocates rally in front of City Hall demanding a stop to coal export talks. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Could Ban Coal on June 27 Environmental activists see growing momentum to stop coal trains

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set a date for a final decision on whether coal will be shipped out of Oakland.   The decision is set for a special City Council meeting [...]
WDB executive director John Bailey leaves $340,000
Oakland salary package for a Dept. of Labor position.
He was responsible for sending back $600,000 to the state rather than giving it to Oakland non-profits. The
mayor praised him for his service. “I did what the mayor asked me to do,” said Bailey. Mayor Schaaf said, “I do not apologize for putting people of color in front of me when I talk about these issues.” Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor’s Staff Admits Responsibility for Not Applying for $2 Million for Summer Youth Jobs Her staffer who failed to apply for the funds leaves to work for Dept. of Labor overseeing city’s jobs funds

During a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Libby Schaaf’s staff admitted responsibility for failing to apply for a $2 million federal grant to provide summer jobs for Oakland youth.
Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) listens as Councilmember Desley Brooks (right) speaks at Tuesday’s CED Committee meeting. Behind Schaaf directly to the right sits California EDD Director Patrick Henning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor Questioned Over Closing Job Centers, Apologizes for Overlooking the Community “I am very conscious of my privilege because of my race,” says Mayor Schaaf

This week was the first chance the community had to talk to the mayor about their concerns over her unilateral decision to close East, Central and West Oakland neighborhood job centers, the lack of transparency [...]