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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 [...]
Post publisher Paul Cobb.

Mayor Schaaf’s “Plantation-Style” Approach Leaves Oakland Community No Seat at the Table, Says Post Publisher

Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressed the Post Salon on Sunday with Troy Williams to discuss the need to remove barriers to employment and government services for the formerly incarcerated.
Housing activists say a prayer before City Council considers passing the affordable housing impact fees. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland’s New Developer Fees are “Too Low and Too Slow,” Say Housing Activists Affordable housing funds can now go to households earning $110,000 a year

Oakland will finally start charging developers impact fees that will go towards building affordable housing after City Council voted 7-1 to pass an ordinance that several other Bay Area cities have had in place for [...]
Job seekers use computers at the West Oakland One-Stop Career Center.

Mayor Schaaf to Close East and West Oakland Job Centers

One consequence of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s unilateral reorganization of existing federally funded job programs will be the shutting down of East and West Oakland Neighborhood Career Centers, which last year had visits of almost 9,500 [...]
Photo courtesy of the Oakland Justice Coalition.

Disappointed by Council Members, Housing Activists Organize to Put Rent Protection on Ballot

The City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee voted last week to delay a decision that could have put one of the most important rent protection initiatives directly onto the November ballot, bypassing the need to [...]