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OPD Sgt. Mike Gantt (left) and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel announce their claim against the city and Mayor Libby Schaaf for allegedly retaliating against the officer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

OPD Sergeant Files Retaliation Claim Against City and Mayor Schaaf

A decorated homicide investigator for the Oakland Police Department (OPD) has filed a claim against the City of Oakland, saying he was retaliated against by top elected officials and from within the department for breaking [...]
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Community Leaders Support Kharyshi Wiginton in D-3 School Board Race

  Demanding new leadership, former school Boardmember Greg Hodge and other Oakland Black leaders have endorsed Kharyshi Wiginton for District 3 School Board.In her campaign to unseat incumbent Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Wiginton opposing corporate donors who [...]
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Oakland Public Ethics Commission Sues Council President McElhaney

Less than a week before the elections, Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney is being sued by the city’s Public Ethics Commission, saying she repeatedly failed to turn over public records, stalling an investigation into [...]
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Oakland’s Support for Unemployed and Laid Off Workers Questioned

Long brewing concerns about whether Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration is attempting to undermine or terminate the use of federal funds to support job programs for the unemployed and underemployed came to a head at this [...]
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Kaplan Faces Four Candidates for At-Large Council Seat

The city council’s at-large seat has attracted the greatest number of candidates, which has incumbent Rebecca Kaplan facing off against four opponents —Peggy Moore, Bruce Quan, Matt Hummel and Nancy Sidebotham. &
Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney skipped most of Tuesday night's council meeting to attend a party for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

McElhaney Skips Council Meeting to Attend Political Party as Criticism Mounts Over Alleged Ethics Violations

                        Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney faced intense criticism from fellow council members and the community at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, where [...]
Lailan Huen (front), Carroll Fife (left) and Pamela Drake (right) calling for equitable development with the Chinatown Coalition at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Oakland Coalition Calls for Planning Commission Accountability

Community members and activists from the Chinatown Coalition are calling for changes in how the City and Planning Commission make development decisions.   The group says all city development projects should be passed with signed [...]
The city administrator's office donated work boots and supplies to four construction workers from Oakland in 2014 to help them in the process of qualifying for jobs at the Oakland Army Base. Left to right, Johnny Evans, Fernander Thompson, Otis Duckett, Jonothan Dumas, employment services supervisor of the the city´s Contract Compliance & Employment Services Division, and Jeffery Duckett.

Will City-funded Jobs Go to Oakland’s Black Residents? City Council will vote Tuesday on jobs policy that promotes equity

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to guarantee jobs for unemployed and underemployed African American and women workers who have long been left out of opportunities to work on city-funded construction projects.
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Oakland Council Candidates’ Finance Statements Reveal Big Spenders, Large Campaign Debts

Campaign finance statements of Oakland City Council candidates were officially released last week, revealing large unpaid expenses in at least one campaign and heavy contributions by real estate developers and the police union in others.
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Did Oakland Councilmembers Violate Council Procedures to Pass Cannabis Proposal?

Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Abel Guillén may have violated City Council procedures last week when they tried to take a cannabis resolution that died in the Rules Committee, and then schedule the failed proposal for [...]