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(Left to right) Rev. Ben McBride, Rashidah Grinage, Noel Gallo. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Police Commission Will Be on November Ballot

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a November ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission, which will have the power to investigate and impose discipline [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf. Ben Margot/AP

Did Mayor Schaaf Intimidate Council Members to Vote to Enhance Her Power?

Only two members of the City Council – Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan – were willing to stand up for a motion to deprive the mayor of the power to appoint three members of the [...]
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African American Chamber of Commerce Introduces New Leaders

  The Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC), will host the Chairman’s Reception at the Coliseum Lexus in Oakland on Thursday, July 28 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., to introduce the chamber’s new leaders. [...]
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Alameda County First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

Thousands of low-income Alameda County families will no longer pay juvenile probation and public defender fees.   On July 12, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end the assessment and collection on [...]
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Youth Summit Calls on Employers to Invest in Boys and Men of Color

The Invest in Youth Summit, sponsored by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and other organizations, was held Thursday at the Oakland Convention Center, convening hundreds of boys and men of color between the ages of 18 [...]
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) and Councilmember Desley Brooks

Misgivings Over Mayor Schaaf’s Bond Measure Little community input, not enough funds for affordable housing among community’s complaints

A number of community leaders are expressing misgivings about Oakland Mayor Libby’s Schaaf’s $600 million infrastructure and affordable housing bond, approved by the City Council this week at the end of a nine-hour marathon meeting [...]
Oakland recyclers rally in front of City Hall Tuesday, seeking to save Alliance Metals. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Community Leaders Seek to Save West Oakland Recycling Plant City Attorney Parker closing only source of income for many homeless

A number of Oakland’s poorest residents and their supporters showed up at this week’s City Council meeting, asking council members to intervene to save Alliance Metals in West Oakland, a recycling center that is the [...]
Sinorti Iris Stegman (right), a college student and intern at the Dellums Institute for Social Justice whose family was once homeless in Oakland, urges the City Council on Tuesday to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Renter Protection Going to Oakland Voters in November “This is a fight for the soul of Oakland,” say housing advocates, gearing up for a voter registration drive

In an historic win for tenants’ rights advocates and Oakland’s most vulnerable residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday morning after seven hours to place the strongest renter protection initiative that the city has [...]