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Black Arts Movement Business District Wants Artists to Have Affordable Housing

The Oakland Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD) is backing Mayor Libby Schaaf’s announcement of housing grants for East Oakland artists and is asking that the mayor also secure housing and space for the artists [...]
Las consecuencias del incendio que estalló en Ghost Ship en Oakland el viernes por la noche. Foto cortesía de LA Times.

El incendio en Oakland producto de la crisis de vivienda y la negligencia de la ciudad, dicen los defensores de la vivienda

En los días siguientes al trágico incendio en un convertido almacén en Oakland que mató a 36 personas el viernes, la ciudad y los miembros de la comunidad han estado luchando por respuestas a lo [...]
Participants at the December Post Salon Community Assembly discussed proposals for conducting a search for a new schools’ superintendent who is committed to Oakland
students and families. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Post Salon Community Assembly Wants Transparent Search for New Schools’ Chief Salon advises departing superintendent not to sell property or lease city building

Community members, speaking at last Sunday’s Post Salon Community Assembly, are calling on the Oakland Board of Education to conduct a transparent and inclusive process to pick a new school district superintendent to replace Antwan [...]
The aftermath of the fire that broke out at Ghost Ship in Oakland on Friday night. Photo courtesy of LA Times.

Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Caused by Housing Crisis and City Negligence, Say Tenant Advocates

In the days following the tragic fire at a converted warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people on Friday, the city and community members have been scrambling for answers to what could have led to [...]

Are Mayor Schaaf and City Administrator Seeking to Escape Blame for Oakland Ghost Ship Fire?

As Oakland attempts to come to grips with the underlying causes and responsibility for the horrific fire last week that claimed 36 lives, there are indications that Mayor Libby Schaaf and the city administration may [...]
Travis Hough's father speaks to the crowd of mourners while his mother holds a portrait of him during the vigil in the pergola at Lake Merritt in Oakland on Monday. (Denis Perez / CCCAdvocate)

Nation Mourns 36 Lost to Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Many were artists, teachers and members of the LGBT community

The Bay Area and people across the country remain in mourning days after an Oakland warehouse fire took the lives of at least 36 people on Friday night, in what is deemed the country’s deadliest [...]
Decenas de personas se reunieron frente al Ayuntamiento de Oakland en apoyo a la resolución del Ayuntamiento de la ciudad el martes. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Oakland se compromete a permanecer unido para oponerse a amenazas anti-inmigrantes

El Concejo Municipal de Oakland aprobó por unanimidad una resolución de “ciudad santuario”, reafirmando que la ciudad protegerá a sus residentes inmigrantes e indocumentados de las deportaciones frente a las amenazas contra la inmigración del [...]

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 [...]