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Mayor Schaaf Accused of Promoting Acting Police Chief Without Notifying Public Sources say Assistant Chief Downing is promoting white officers at expense of Black officers

Concerns are being raised that Mayor Libby Schaaf has promoted Oakland Police Department (OPD) Acting Assistant Chief David Downing to a position as permanent Assistant Police Chief, without informing the public or the City Council.
Fliers opposing the soda tax depict a bag of groceries and can be found on many store fronts in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Councilmembers to File Complaint Against the No Oakland Grocery Tax Campaign City Leaders Say Soda Tax Opponents Misleading Oakland Voters

Campaign groups opposing a proposed city soda tax may soon be under investigation by local and federal agencies once three Oakland City Council members file complaints saying the groups are deceptively advertising against the ballot [...]
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Will $600 Million City Infrastructure Bond Benefit Oakland Flatland Neighborhoods?

Community members are raising questions about whether Mayor Libby Schaaf’s $600 million infrastructure bond, which will be on the ballot in November, will be used to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers in flatland neighborhoods [...]
Lailan Huen of the Block by Block Organizing Network
said the Chinatown Coalition needs more time to negotiate community benefits with developers. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Chinatown Residents Demand Community Benefits from Market Rate Housing Development The Oakland Planning Commission delayed its decision, saying the community and developers need more time to negotiate

Oakland Chinatown affordable housing advocates achieved a short reprieve Wednesday when the Planning Commission voted for a two-week delay on the approval of a 416-unit development project known as W12.
Oakland Port Services’ CEO Bill Aboudi stands in front of his 24-hour mini-mart and truck scales for Port of Oakland truckers and longshoremen. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Port Moves to Evict Business That Keeps Big Trucks Off West Oakland Streets

Oakland Port Services, a locally owned small business that provides unique services for independent truck drivers at the Port of Oakland, has received an eviction notice after negotiations for relocation on port land fell through.
A Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Photo via Facebook.

Oakland Bans Misleading Anti-Abortion Ads

Oakland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance recently tightening regulations around false advertisements by fake pregnancy clinics who suggest they perform abortions and instead try to dissuade people from having abortions.
(Left to right) Rev. Ben McBride, Rashidah Grinage, Noel Gallo. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Police Commission Will Be on November Ballot

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a November ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission, which will have the power to investigate and impose discipline [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf. Ben Margot/AP

Did Mayor Schaaf Intimidate Council Members to Vote to Enhance Her Power?

Only two members of the City Council – Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan – were willing to stand up for a motion to deprive the mayor of the power to appoint three members of the [...]