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Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed


  In a hurried effort to respond to the affordability crisis facing renters, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the launch of the (SHIP) Safe Housing Inspection Program.     The SHIP will allow fire officials to [...]
Community members and anti-displacement activists surround Director of Planning and Building, Rachel Flynn, at the Downtown Specific Plan design workshop Monday night. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Turns Up the Volume to Defend Residents and Businesses City staff Rachel Flynn said there is no housing crisis in Oakland

  Community members are raising the volume on their demands that the city protect Oaklanders’ rights following a number of noise complaints by a few residents targeting Lake Merritt drummers and Black churches.
Work on the Oakland Army Base development could halt if disagreements over the coal terminal are not resolved.

Environmental Groups’ Legal Action Could Halt Coal Terminal

  Environmental and community groups—Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and San Francisco Baykeepers—have filed a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) action in Alameda County Superior Court challenging the export of [...]

Obama’s HUD Proposes to Cut Rent Subsidies for Low-Income Residents

  Amid an intensifying housing crisis in Oakland, City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Councilmember Desley Brooks are speaking out against a new proposal from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) to [...]

Oakland Petition: Neighbors Should not Racially Profile Neighbors

Oakland community activist Ann Nomura and her family have begun a petition calling on the City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department (OPD) to stop posting on a popular social media site that is [...]
Drummers of the SambaFunk! Funkquarians perform with members of the public at Lake Merritt in protest. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Is Oakland a “Sanctuary City” for Its Sanctuaries? Gentrifiers cause the city to use police and fines to punish drummers, churches and creative artists

  Black churches in Oakland are being asked to moderate their worship voices after neighbors have made noise complaints to the city about the volume of the gospel that is reaching beyond the church walls.

Oakland Files Federal Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo for Predatory Lending

City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo recently to recover damages caused by the Well Fargo’s Banks widespread predatory and discriminatory lending practices.
The SambaFunk! Funkquarians led the drum circle protest with over a hundred drummers in front of City Hall on Monday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Racially Profiled, Drummers Make Noise about Gentrification in Oakland

    Over one hundred people, most of them drummers, gathered in front of City Hall Monday evening to bring attention to what longtime Oaklanders feel is an increase in tensions between longtime residents and [...]