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Op-Ed: Oakland Officials Brag About Diversity While Black Workers Are Shut Out African-Americans receive only 5% of work on city-funded construction

    African-Americans made up 28 percent of the Oakland population in 2013-2014 but only worked five percent the hours on city-funded construction projects.   That may seem impossible in Oakland, a city that prides [...]
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Oakland Rejects Police Discipline in 74 Percent of Review Board Cases

A new report from the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) reveals that the Oakland City Administrator dismissed or modified the review board’s recommended discipline against police officers in 74 percent of the allegations that [...]
Members of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters hold up the mayor’s eviction notice at a demonstration in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Renters Serve Eviction Notices to Mayor and City Council Two days after protest, mayor meets with advocates of placing rent initiative on November ballot

Friday, May 20 marks the halfway period of the 90-day housing state of emergency, intended to put a halt on rising rents and evictions while City Council takes action on solutions for Oakland’s housing crisis [...]
Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Courtesy of the East Bay Express.

Oakland Council Dodges Tenants’ Urgent Request to Place Rent Protection Initiative on Ballot by June Deadline, Forces Activists to Gather 22,000 Valid Signatures by May 30

“An item that would not come before the voters before November is not urgent,” said Council President McElhaney.   A heated debate took place at Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting on a procedural motion on [...]