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TRASH TALK: We Will Not Roll Over, Say Councilmembers

City Councilmembers are unwavering in the face of what they consider to be the bullying and intimidation tactics of Waste Management (WM), a nationwide trash collection company that lost the City’s $1 billion trash and [...]
A petition gatherer sitting in front of  Oaklands Walmart on Hegenberger Rd.  Photo by Tasion Kwamilele.

TRASH TALK: Oaklanders Say Petition Gatherers “Lie, Bully and Harass” Petitioners resort to anti-immigrant racism

Pam Drake, director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, was in her office last week when she ran afoul of Waste Management’s signature gatherers. She went outside to see for herself when she heard there [...]
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Waste Management Goes Grassroots to Overturn Garbage Deal The corporation is funding the referendum, calling itself “Oakland Residents for a Clean City”

Oakland residents may have thought that the city’s acrimonious trash debates were over last month when the City Council ousted Texas-based Waste Management corporation that has had a lock on the billion-dollar garbage contract for [...]
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Commentary: Siegel Is Mayoral Candidate Best Suited to Make Needed Changes

This series has been an attempt to only compare the mayoral candidates’ positions on crime policy . But policy concerns are rarely independent from each other.To reasonably apportion your votes in our rank choice voting [...]
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Oakland Fast Food Workers Demand $15 Wage and Union Rights

A number of Oakland fast-food workers walked off their jobs Thursday to support demands for wage increases of $15 an hour and union rights at a rally inside the Oakland McDonald’s at Telegraph Avenue and [...]
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Richmond Hosts “Put the Guns Down” Free Community Event

In 2007 Richmond California was ranked America’s ninth most dangerous city. In 2013 Richmond was ranked America’s 69th dangerous city. Homicide rates are dropping nationally, but not steep enough. The homicide crisis in the black [...]
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City Needs to Recruit More Oakland Residents as Police Officers, Says Kaplan  Only 8 percent of OPD officers are local residents

Mayoral candidate and City Council President Pro-Tem Rebecca Kaplan today announced a proposal to require the city to hire more Oakland residents to work as officers at the Oakland Police Department.