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Housing activists occupied City Hall during a rally for rent control in June. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Activists Kick Off Campaign to Recall Mayor Libby Schaaf

Activists kicked off a campaign this week to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, criticizing the mayor for an explosive series of scandals in the police department and concerns over her lack of willingness to counter the [...]
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]
Councilmembers Abel Guillén (right) and Noel Gallo opposed each other on selling the E12th St. public parcel to private developers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Sells E12th St. Land Despite Neighbors’ Pleas There is no guarantee that affordable housing will remain in the project

In a last-minute change to the city’s decision to lease the controversial, publically-owned East 12th St. parcel by Lake Merritt to a private developer, the City Council voted on Tuesday instead to sell the land [...]
James Vann

Op-Ed: Housing Moratorium Ends, Council Must Approve Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal

By James Vann   After weeks of testimony at City Council meetings of exorbitant rent increases, cruel evictions, and neighborhood disrupting displacement, on April 5, with over 600 residents crowding City Hall, Oakland’s City Council [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to reform Costa-Hawkins in 2013. He owns an Oakland property that went up for sale this year at $2,595,000. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Oakland Calls for Repeal of State Law Restricting Renter Protections Costa-Hawkins law prohibits rent protections for housing built after 1983

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a resolution urging state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown to repeal or modernize the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prohibits rent protections for housing built [...]
Among those speaking Thursday to council members against the proposed amendments
to Oakland’s Equity Permit Program were (L to R): Robert Brackins, member of 100 Black Men; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council; Rev. Kevin Barnes, Abyssianian Missionary Baptist Church; and Frank Tucker, president of 100 Black Men of the East Bay. Photo by Tanya Dennis.

Proposal Would “Undermine” Oakland Cannabis Industry Reform

The Oakland City Council is considering a proposal from an organization that calls itself the Oakland Diversity and Equity Cannabis Coalition that would reduce the benefits of a recently passed ordinance that gives preference to [...]
Photo courtesy of CBS News.

Oakland’s Top-Paid Employee is a Police Officer Who Earned $500,000 Last Year 83 city staffers earned over $300,000, costing the city $28 million a year

The City of Oakland’s highest paid employee is a police officer named Malcolm E. Miller, who earned a total of $489,662 in salary and benefits in 2015, according to information from the online database transparentcalifornia.com.
Rebecca Kaplan (left) and Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

Oakland Community Backs Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal McElhaney’s version delays tenant protections for one to two years, says Kaplan

    The City Council is poised to place a renter protection measure on the November ballot, but housing advocates and community members are unsure what the measure will look like and if it is [...]
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability speak in front of City Hall about their ballot measure. Photo by Tulio Ospina. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Will an Independent Police Oversight Commission Make the November Ballot in Oakland?

The Oakland City Council, operating under the cloud of a continuing police child sex abuse scandal, is set to decide July 19 whether to place a measure on the November ballot to create a civilian [...]