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Oakland Looks at Starting a Public Bank Bank would provide alternative to handing city money to Wall Street

The Oakland City Council this week unanimously approved a feasibility study to establish a public bank that would operate in the public interest, giving low-interest loans to small and medium-sized businesses and help fund affordable [...]

Op-Ed: A Call to Overhaul Oakland’s Planning Department

By Pamela Drake   A diverse coalition of Oakland residents, artists and small business people has been demanding a change in the way the city Planning Department does business with developers whose giant projects severely [...]
Las organizaciones de derechos de los inmigrantes muestran su apoyo a la propuesta de "Derecho a Asesorar a los Inmigrantes" en la rueda de prensa del martes frente al Ayuntamiento de San Francisco. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Los defensores de los derechos de los inmigrantes de SF buscan fondos para combatir las deportaciones de Trump Propuesta de $5 millones de dólares contrataría a 23 nuevos abogados de inmigración para representar inmigrantes detenidos

Manteniendo a San Francisco a su promesa de permanecer una ciudad santuario para sus residentes inmigrantes, las organizaciones de derechos de los inmigrantes y la Oficina del Defensor Público están pidiendo a la ciudad financiar [...]
Dozens of people gathered in front of Oakland City Hall in support of the City Council's sanctuary city resolution on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Pledges to Lock Arms Against Anti-Immigrant Threats

Oakland City Council unanimously passed a ‘sanctuary city’ resolution, reaffirming that the city will protect its immigrant and undocumented residents from deportations in the face of president-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigration threats. &nb
Immigrant rights organizations show their support for the “Right to Counsel for Immigrants” proposal at Tuesday’s press conference in front of San Francisco City Hall. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

SF Immigrant Rights Advocates Seek Funding to Fight Trump Deportations $5 million proposal would hire 23 new immigration attorneys to represent detained immigrants

Holding San Francisco to its promise of remaining a sanctuary city for its immigrant residents, immigrant rights organizations and the Public Defender’s Office are asking the city to fund increased legal services to provide representation [...]
Paul Chávez, Director Ejecutivo del Centro Legal de la Raza, habla en la conferencia de prensa del martes anunciando la colaboración entre los grupos locales de derechos de los inmigrantes y la ciudad para brindar una representación universal a los residentes indocumentados de Oakland. Chávez está flanqueado por representantes del Centro Legal y el Concejal Noel Gallo (izquierda) y la alcaldesa Libby Schaaf (a la derecha). Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Oakland, SF Consideran la formación de equipos de respuesta inmigratoria para combatir deportaciones bajo Trump Las ciudades están trabajando con organizaciones sin fines de lucro para lograr representación legal universal para los residentes indocumentados

La alcaldesa Libby Schaaf anunció esta semana que Oakland se ha comprometido a permanecer como una ciudad santuario, comprometiéndose a lograr “representación legal universal” para todos sus residentes indocumentados y trabajando con grupos de derechos [...]
Paul Chavez, Executive Director of Centro Legal de la Raza, speaks at Tuesday's press conference announcing the collaboration between local immigrant rights groups and the city to provide universal representation for Oakland's undocumented residents. Chavez is flanked by representatives of Centro Legal and Councilmember Noel Gallo (left) and Mayor Libby Schaaf (right). Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland, SF Consider Forming Response Teams to Fight Deportations Under Trump Cities working with nonprofits to achieve universal legal representation for undocumented residents

Mayor Libby Schaaf announced this week that Oakland is committed to remaining a sanctuary city, pledging to achieve “universal legal representation” for all its undocumented residents and working with immigrant rights groups and heads of [...]
Speakers at the Post Salon at Geoffrey's Inner Circle on Sept. 27 were (L to R): Gay Plair Cobb, Alicia Contreras, Margaret Gordon, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Next ‘Post Salon’ Will Look at Local Banking, New OUSD Superintendent 

The next Post Salon, Sunday, Dec. 4, will discuss two important question: What would a Public Bank mean for Oakland, and how should Oakland go about picking a new schools’ superintendent?
James Harris speaks on Supt. Wilson's resignation at a press conference on Tuesday. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Schools Supt. Antwan Wilson Resigns Mid-Year to Lead Washington, D.C. Schools

  Ending months of rumors that he was applying for jobs at school districts around the country, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Antwan Wilson announced this week that he is quitting after two-and-a-half years [...]
Ayodele Nzinga (left) and Lailan Huen spoke Monday
evening at the Oakland City Council meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Coalition Wins Community Benefits from Wood Partners Downtown Apartment Development

Representatives of a community and labor coalition this week declared a victory in their six-month fight to win community benefits from Wood Partners’ 262-unit, one square-block apartment development, winning significant changes in an agreement that [...]