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Members of Alameda County United for Immigrant Rights introduced the resolution for due process to the Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday morning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Demands Alameda County Cut Ties with Immigrant Deportation Agency A resolution introduced to the Board of Supervisors puts pressure on Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop cooperating with ICE

Immigrant rights activists introduced a resolution to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning, demanding that the county uphold due process for immigrants and undocumented residents who are arrested and sent to county jail.
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Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
Mika McCants, owner of Spoiled Boutique in Oak- land. Photo by Ken Epstein.

New Task Force Could Advocate for Oakland’s Diverse Small Businesses

A number of residents are raising questions about a City Council Community and Economic Development (CED) decision this week to create a small business task force.
Speakers at CDBG meeting on Aug. 31. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Community Worries About Future of Federal Neighborhood Funding City staff is “effectively killing” community boards, says Councilmember Brooks

Confusion and disagreement over the way the city allocates its federal funding for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods has some residents worried that their neighborhood will not be getting proper say in the allocation process.
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Kristy Chee, Jeri Abram, Noni Session, Rev. Daniel Buford of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Gay Plair Cobb and Carroll Fife. Photo by Ken Epstein

Council Members Must Pass Strong Local Jobs Policy, Say Residents Many ask: Why pass $600 million bond unless it puts Oaklanders to work on city-funded projects?

Oaklanders are being asked to vote in November for a $600-million infrastructure bond to enhance streets, sidewalks, lighting and sewers.   But is the City Council willing step up to guarantee before November that the [...]
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Growing Anger Over “Unfair Termination” of Health Advocate Gigi Crowder

Community members are angry over what they are calling unjust treatment of Gigi Crowder, who is being terminated from her job after serving the African American and other ethnic communities as the Ethnic Services Manager [...]
Aaron Davis (right), on traps, welcomes support from SambaFunk!

After Harassment, Community Rallies to Support Young Lake Merritt Drummer

By Wanda Ravernell   Oakland showed its love for a young local musician who sets up his trap drums on a patch of grass near Grand Avenue and Macarthur Boulevard at Lake Merritt and sets [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo by Phil Konstantin (Flickr/ CC)

Tenant Protection Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval If signed into law by, bill could protect renters from blacklisting and unfair credit damage

For families and individuals facing eviction in California, troubles rarely cease after a court hearing – even if the tenants win their case and aren’t evicted. &