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Kaplan Faces Four Candidates for At-Large Council Seat

The city council’s at-large seat has attracted the greatest number of candidates, which has incumbent Rebecca Kaplan facing off against four opponents —Peggy Moore, Bruce Quan, Matt Hummel and Nancy Sidebotham. &
Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney skipped most of Tuesday night's council meeting to attend a party for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

McElhaney Skips Council Meeting to Attend Political Party as Criticism Mounts Over Alleged Ethics Violations

                        Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney faced intense criticism from fellow council members and the community at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, where [...]
Lailan Huen (front), Carroll Fife (left) and Pamela Drake (right) calling for equitable development with the Chinatown Coalition at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Oakland Coalition Calls for Planning Commission Accountability

Community members and activists from the Chinatown Coalition are calling for changes in how the City and Planning Commission make development decisions.   The group says all city development projects should be passed with signed [...]
The city administrator's office donated work boots and supplies to four construction workers from Oakland in 2014 to help them in the process of qualifying for jobs at the Oakland Army Base. Left to right, Johnny Evans, Fernander Thompson, Otis Duckett, Jonothan Dumas, employment services supervisor of the the city´s Contract Compliance & Employment Services Division, and Jeffery Duckett.

Will City-funded Jobs Go to Oakland’s Black Residents? City Council will vote Tuesday on jobs policy that promotes equity

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to guarantee jobs for unemployed and underemployed African American and women workers who have long been left out of opportunities to work on city-funded construction projects.
Lynette McElhaney and Peggy Moore

Oakland Council Candidates’ Finance Statements Reveal Big Spenders, Large Campaign Debts

Campaign finance statements of Oakland City Council candidates were officially released last week, revealing large unpaid expenses in at least one campaign and heavy contributions by real estate developers and the police union in others.

Did Oakland Councilmembers Violate Council Procedures to Pass Cannabis Proposal?

Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Abel Guillén may have violated City Council procedures last week when they tried to take a cannabis resolution that died in the Rules Committee, and then schedule the failed proposal for [...]
The Department of Transportation will be in charge of projects like the city’s bike lines.

Schaaf Hires $300,000 Part-time Consultant for Eight Months Will $600 million infrastructure bond be “piggy bank” for mayor’s pet projects?

Mayor Libby Schaaf has hired a consultant for $300,000 to work part time for eight months – waiving the competitive bidding process – to establish a new Department of Transportation for the City of Oakland. [...]