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Phil Tagami

Tagami’s $1.2 Billion Army Base Project Fails to Create West Oakland Jobs

Community members are raising concerns about what has happened to the promise of jobs for Oakland residents at the $1.2 billion Oakland Army Base development project.“Less than 10 percent of jobs are going to the [...]
From left to right, Dianne Millner, Jai Jennifer, Nishant Sharma, Bill Aboudi, City Administrator Henry Gardner, Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, Dexter Vizinau, George McDaniel, Len Turner, Ken Houston, and John Monetta at Oakland City Hall after signing the 55-year lease for Aboudi's 17-acre army base development. Photo courtesy of Nishant Sharma's Facebook

OMSS $25-Million Army Base Development Will Hire 300 Local Workers

In its marathon negotiations with the city, Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS) owned by Bill Aboudi has faced countless obstacles over many years, even after the City Council approved an agreement.But this week, Aboudi finally [...]
ayor Jean Quan and Councilmember Noel Gallo speak Wednesday at at meeting of church, nonprofit and community leaders in the Mayor's office to mobilize resources to respond to the humanitarian needs of immigrant children arriving in the Bay Area from Central America. Photo by Ken Epstein

Oakland “Locks Arms” to Aid Immigrant Children

The Oakland City Council this week unanimously passed a resolution committing to aiding the humanitarian relief effort for unaccompanied immigrants to the United States, authored by Mayor Jean Quan, Vice Mayor Larry Reid and Councilmember [...]
Carrington Taylor, recent Dewey Academy graduate, speaks Monday  at a rally and barbecue to support the school.  Next to him at left is Dewey student Kelvyn Wallis. Photo by Ken Epstein

Students, Teachers Rally to Save Dewey

Students, teachers and community members held a barbecue Monday to muster their forces to protect Dewey Academy, a longtime continuation high school that is sitting on property at Second Avenue and E. 12th Street that [...]
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Former Foster Youth Sokhom Mao Is Making a Difference

By Victor Valle, CSC. Sokhom Mao shows me the 11th floor of Oakland City Hall, where he chairs meetings for the Citizen’s Police Review Board, an entity that works between community members and police officers [...]
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Judge Blasts Oakland for Mishandling Police Discipline

Federal Judge Thelton Henderson issued a court order this week criticizing the City of Oakland for failing to consult the court-appointed federal overseer when the City Administrator reduced the punishment for a police captain accused [...]
Oakland Police Department

Attorneys Burris, Chanin Meet with Community to “Sustain” Police Accountability

Two leading local civil rights attorneys, John Burris and Jim Chanin, met this week with community members who belong to an Oakland police accountability coalition that is seeking ways to improve oversight of police and [...]
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City Council Considers $1 Billion Chevron Refinery Modernization Project

As Richmond’s City Council considered whether or not to approve the Chevron Refinery Modernization Project, a group of community residents and Chevron workers expressed their support of the $1 billion project at a public hearing [...]
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Mayoral Candidate Jason “Shake” Anderson Talks Jobs, Public Safety, & Youth "Leaders Should Reflect Community, Not Corporate Interests"

As election season gets into full swing, Oakland’s mayoral race is heating up as we get closer to the November elections and mayoral candidate Jason “Shake” Anderson is using this platform to push for progressive [...]
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New Public Ethics Commission Goes to November Ballot

The City Council voted this week to place a charter amendment on the November ballot that would strengthen Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission, creating a more muscular agency with a larger staff and budget to enforce [...]