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Environmental activists rallied recently in front of Oakland Army Base
developer Phil Tagami ‘s office. Photo courtesy of Occupy Oakland.

Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.
Josh Healey, an Eastlake resident, spoke out Tuesday against the Council's decision to sell the East 12th property to a private developer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Mum After Exposure of Confidential Legal Opinion Council ignored City Attorney’s advice that sale of Lake Merritt parcel was illegal

The Oakland City Council was uncharacteristically at a loss for words this week after public exposure that it had moved ahead on a controversial sale of city property near Lake Merritt to UrbanCore Development, ignoring [...]
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts Fired Batts served as Oakland Chief of Police from 2009 to 2011

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been fired, according to a Wednesday press release from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.   Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become Interim Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, according [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf with summer interns, city staff, and partners of the City of Oakland Classroom2Careers program at the kick-off reception this week.

Mayor Schaaf Welcomes Summer Interns to City Hall

Mayor Libby Schaaf, together with youth employment partners, corporate donors, and city staff welcomed summer interns to City Hall this week during a kick-off reception for Oakland’s Classrooms2Careers program.
An advertisement outside Frank Ogawa Plaza was altered in protest to Mayor Schaaf and the City Council's avoidance of the city's legal opinion. Photo courtesy of Save the E12 Parcel for the People.

Council’s Decision to Sell East 12th Street Property Violates State Law, Says City Attorney Council to meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. for final vote on luxury apartment tower

In a confidential legal opinion issued in February to the City Council, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker told councilmembers that their plan to sell the East 12th Street parcel to UrbanCore Development for the construction [...]
Young people work on their police reform proposals.

City Youth Make Their Voices Heard on Police Reform

The City of Oakland’s Youth Advisory Commission, which serves as a liaison between local policymakers and young people, recently released recommendations on improving relations between local law enforcement, the communities they police and the city’s [...]
Community members complained that they were being locked out of City Council meetings. Photo
courtesy of Ella Baker Center.

Judge Orders Schaaf and Staff to Stop Denying Access to Public Meetings

An Alameda County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Oakland City Council to reopen public access to the second-floor galleries overlooking the council chambers.
Councilmember Noel Gallo, who has been organizing safety walks along International Boulevard to deter
crime and prostitution, was able to secure funding in the new budget to create a shelter for sexually exploited girls. But, he says the money is still inadequate. Photo
courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

City’s Passes $2.4 Billion Budget, Leaving Some Residents Angry and Dissatisfied

The Oakland City Council this week passed a two-year $2.4 billion budget based on a local economy that is rebounding from years of recession. With input from councilmembers and the community, Mayor Libby Schaaf and [...]
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Brooks’ Victory for Oakland’s New Department of Race and Equity Community support for historic measure garnered council’s unanimous vote

After months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted this week to create a Department of Race and Equity to address systemic racism and inequality in the City of Oakland.