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Oakland Council to Vote on Cannabis Program to Finance Social Services, Tuesday, Sept. 27

City Council will be voting next week on updating Oakland’s local cannabis Equity Permit Program in such a way that would generate millions of dollars from the city’s marijuana industry to help fund greatly needed [...]
Nurses, local leaders and community members held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss negative health impacts of Sutter’s intention to close Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association (CNA).

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.   In order to avoid state-mandated earthquake safety upgrades, Sutter Health, which operates Alta [...]
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Rashidah Grinage, Kitty Kelly Epstein and Carroll Fife. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Local Jobs Policy Moves Forward in Oakland City Council

Councilmembers passed a resolution guaranteeing local hiring for Oaklanders on city-funded projects at Thursday’s Rules and Legislation committee, forwarding the jobs policy resolution to next week’s Community and Economic Development Committee. &
Activists outside Oakland City Hall raise a sign in support of the #ByeLibby campaign. (Photo from @surjbayarea/Twitter)

Oakland Approves Petition to Recall Mayor Schaaf

Now that the City of Oakland has approved a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, activists are hitting the streets to talk with residents and to collect signatures for their campaign.
Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan stands in solidarity at a No DAPL rally in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Oaklanders Back Native American Activists at Standing Rock City Council unanimously supports activists fghting North Dakota oil pipeline

When Oakland resident Rosa Aqeel first heard about protests over an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota, she immediately felt compelled to show her support.
Members of Alameda County United for Immigrant Rights introduced the resolution for due process to the Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday morning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Demands Alameda County Cut Ties with Immigrant Deportation Agency A resolution introduced to the Board of Supervisors puts pressure on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop cooperating with ICE

Immigrant rights activists introduced a resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, demanding that the county uphold due process for immigrants and undocumented residents who are arrested and sent to county jail.
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]
Speaking at the news conference were (L to R) OPD Deputy Police Chief John Lois, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Mayor Libby Schaaf. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Four Police Officers Fired, Seven Others Suspended in Police Sex Crime Scandal “I am deeply sorry for the harm this scandal has caused,” says Mayor Schaaf

The City of Oakland this week concluded its administrative investigation of the sex crime scandal involving over a dozen Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers, which led to the removal of three police chiefs in one [...]
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Oakland Police Association Backs Noel Gallo’s Opponent “I am elected to represent the public, not the police union,” said Gallo

The Oakland Police Officers Association (OPOA) has given $1,400 in campaign contributions to Viola Gonzales, who is running for District 5 City Council seat against incumbent Noel Gallo, according to a campaign finance disclosure form.