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Phil Tagami

Phil Tagami Responds to Post on Facebook

Master Developer Phil Tagami has responded on Facebook to a Post article questioning Oakland’s commitment to ensuring that the city’s $1.2 billion Army Base project hires local residents and overcomes the historic barriers that have [...]
Tony Thurmond speaks at a house party. Photo by Ken Epstein

Thurmond Outraises Echols in Race for Assembly District 15

District 15 Assembly Candidate Tony Thurmond raised 30 percent more in campaign contributions during the last reporting period than his opponent, Elizabeth Echols, according to reports published by the Secretary of State.District 15 covers parts [...]
Oakland, Calif. City Attorney Barbara Parker poses for a photograph at City Hall, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Oakland. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

City Attorney Sues Owners of West Grand Hotel for Appalling Conditions

The Oakland City Attorney this week sued the absentee owners of the West Grand Hotel, a single room occupancy rental property that has a reputation for for drug activity and unsafe, inhumane living conditions. For [...]
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 [...]