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Oakland residents stand in line at Tuesday's CED Committee meeting to speak out against moving funds promised to build low-income affordable housing to building housing
for more affluent families. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Guts Affordable Housing Funds for Low-Income Oaklanders

Oakland City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee on Tuesday approved an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Libby Schaaf that affordable housing advocates say will “gut” low-income housing funds by expanding the definition of “affordable [...]
Photo courtesy of Coalition for Police Accountability.

Coalition for Police Accountability Launches Ballot Initiative

A coalition of 30 diverse organizations in Oakland have announced the launch of Measure X, to be put before voters in November 2016.     The proposed charter change would empower an independent police commission [...]
Protests at Oakland City Hall are driven by the displacement of longtime Oakland residents, which has already reached crisis proportions and disproportionately impacts the city's Black residents. Photo of protest Tuesday at Oakland City Council, courtesy of Tulio Ospina.

Community Presses City Council to Call Housing State of Emergency Council Will Vote April 5 on Moratorium on Excessive Rental Increases and Unjust Evictions

Housing justice organizers are asking residents to attend the Tuesday, April 5 City Council meeting to push council members to pass a housing state of emergency in Oakland.
Fotos por Tulio Ospina

Food Truckers Take to the Streets Against City Discrimination, Police Harassment Ordinance to protect food truck vendors has been locked in city bureaucracy for 6 years

Over 20 Latino-owned food trucks led a mobile march down International Boulevard in Oakland Monday – from 46th Avenue and International to City Hall –disrupting traffic to pressure the city to pass an ordinance to [...]
Over 100 Oakland residents disrupted Tuesday’s City Council meeting in an attempt to halt a vote that would give UrbanCore an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement to develop the public E 12th St. parcel. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Approves Luxury Development Despite Public Outcry Council leaves the chambers and takes vote in a private room without the public

Oakland’s City Council has voted to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with UrbanCore and East Bay Asian Local Development Corp. to build 252 market rate units on a hotly contested parcel of public [...]
Photo by Ken Epstein.

Anti-Displacement Activists Shut Down Mayor’s Economic Development Summit Demand Oakland Declare Housing State of Emergency

  Over 100 local residents barricaded the entrances to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Summit on Friday morning, March 18, demanding an end to development-driven displacement and that the city declare a housing [...]
Councilmember Abel Guillen (center) listens as Michael Pyatok speaks for UrbanCore during the Feb. 29 public hearing. The East 12th St. parcel sits on the district Guillen represents. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Set to Approve 252 Luxury Units on Public E. 12th St. Parcel City May Be Violating California’s Surplus Lands Act Once Again, Say Activists

The Oakland City Council is set to approve an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement for a largely market rate housing project proposed by developer UrbanCore and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation on the hotly contested city-owned [...]
Speakers at city council committee meeting March 3 call for council to declare a housing state of emergency and moratorium on rent increases and evictions. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Organize for April 5 City Council Meeting to Pass Housing State of Emergency

The Post Salon will host a special organizing meeting Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., to prepare for the April 5 City Council meeting, where the council will consider passing a housing state [...]
OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson. Photo courtesy of Oakland North.

New York Times Looks at National Significance of Oakland’s Fight Over Billionaire-Backed Charter Schools

A front-page article published recently in the New York Times examines the battle in Oakland over the growing power of corporate-backed charter schools, which the Times says could impact the future of public education across [...]