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Demonstrators rallied on Thursday outside the Rotunda building in downtown Oakland, where Phil Tagami’s California Capital & Investment Group is located, calling on him to keep his promise not to bring coal into Oakland. Photo by Ethan Buckner.

McElhaney Puts Damper on Tagami’s Coal Plan

News has spread of developer Phil Tagami’s action to negotiate a deal with four counties in Utah to ship coal to a new export terminal at the Oakland Army Base that could begin operation as [...]

OP-ED: Oakland Needs a Department to Address Institutionalized Injustice

Two-thirds of the people who live in Oakland are not white and Oakland has a long history of struggle for racial justice.   Yet the situation of most whites is quite different from the situation [...]

San Leandro to Host Town Hall Meeting

San Leandro will host a town hall meeting Monday, May 11 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for residents of City Council Districts 1, 2 and 5. <
Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaks with seniors at the West Oakland Senior Center. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee “Fighting the Good Fight”

Congresswoman Barbara Lee met this week with seniors at the West Oakland Senior Center in Oakland to hear their concerns and share with them the work that she is doing on Capitol Hill to protect [...]
A pile of coal sits near the Crandall Canyon Mine northwest of Huntington. Mining experts say Utah has about 40-45 years of coal left. Photo courtesy of Kristin Nichols, Deseret Morning News.

Tagami’s Behind-the-Scenes Deal to Bring Coal to Oakland Draws Opposition

Now that the Oakland Army Base development project is well underway, city developer and project manager Phil Tagami is working on a behind-the-scenes $53 million deal to ship coal from Utah through the new Oakland [...]
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Healthcare Racial Disparities Continue Despite ACA

More Californians than ever before have health insurance, but coverage isn’t care, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has magnified the deep racial, ethnic and cultural disparities in accessing quality health care in California. <
Josh Healey was one of the people who spoke on the bullhorn after protesters shut down the Oakland City Council meeting Tuesday, May 5. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Protesters Take Over Council Chambers, Demand Affordable Housing Not Luxury Apartments

Oakland City Council chambers became ground zero for protests against gentrification and displacement this week as young activists chained themselves together to keep the City Council meeting from taking place, instead holding a rally for [...]
'Stingray' cell phone surveillance technology.

OP-ED: Oakland Poised to Lead in Protecting Privacy Rights

by Brian Hofer and JP Massar Here in Oakland we have no citywide privacy policy, no privacy or data-retention policies for use of surveillance equipment, and no policy concerning the use of the Oakland Police [...]