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Mayor Libby Schaaf with summer interns, city staff, and partners of the City of Oakland Classroom2Careers program at the kick-off reception this week.

Mayor Schaaf Welcomes Summer Interns to City Hall

Mayor Libby Schaaf, together with youth employment partners, corporate donors, and city staff welcomed summer interns to City Hall this week during a kick-off reception for Oakland’s Classrooms2Careers program.
An advertisement outside Frank Ogawa Plaza was altered in protest to Mayor Schaaf and the City Council's avoidance of the city's legal opinion. Photo courtesy of Save the E12 Parcel for the People.

Council’s Decision to Sell East 12th Street Property Violates State Law, Says City Attorney Council to meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. for final vote on luxury apartment tower

In a confidential legal opinion issued in February to the City Council, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker told councilmembers that their plan to sell the East 12th Street parcel to UrbanCore Development for the construction [...]
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was appointed as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Baltimore Mayor to Lead U.S. Conference of Mayors

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   Outgoing president Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointed her as head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd annual four-day [...]
Young people work on their police reform proposals.

City Youth Make Their Voices Heard on Police Reform

The City of Oakland’s Youth Advisory Commission, which serves as a liaison between local policymakers and young people, recently released recommendations on improving relations between local law enforcement, the communities they police and the city’s [...]
Community members complained that they were being locked out of City Council meetings. Photo
courtesy of Ella Baker Center.

Judge Orders Schaaf and Staff to Stop Denying Access to Public Meetings

An Alameda County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Oakland City Council to reopen public access to the second-floor galleries overlooking the council chambers.
Councilmember Noel Gallo, who has been organizing safety walks along International Boulevard to deter
crime and prostitution, was able to secure funding in the new budget to create a shelter for sexually exploited girls. But, he says the money is still inadequate. Photo
courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

City’s Passes $2.4 Billion Budget, Leaving Some Residents Angry and Dissatisfied

The Oakland City Council this week passed a two-year $2.4 billion budget based on a local economy that is rebounding from years of recession. With input from councilmembers and the community, Mayor Libby Schaaf and [...]
Dontre Hamilton. (Photo: AP Photo/Family photo courtesy of Dameion Perkins)

OP-ED: Police Must Stop Killing Mentally Ill Citizens

By Gwen Moore     The life of a man with schizophrenia, 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, ended after he was struck by 14 bullets from a Milwaukee police officer’s handgun on April 30, 2014. The lethal [...]
San Quentin State Prison, located in Marin County, is California's only prison for men on death row. Photo courtesy of San Quentin News.

Lawsuits Challenge Solitary Confinement in State Prisons as “Inhumane and Degrading” The “solitary confinement regime…will bring you to the edge of madness,” says Justice Kennedy

Oakland attorney Dan Siegel has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held indefinitely in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison’s Adjustment Center, demanding an end to what they consider to be [...]
Rebecca Kaplan

OP-ED: Why I Support Brooks’ Race & Equity Proposal

The City of Oakland has many reasons to be a leader on racial justice and social equity. In order to ensure that Oakland makes improvements that are lasting and comprehensive for its diverse populations, we [...]