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Noel Gallo and Viola Gonzales

Noel Gallo Faces Viola Gonzales in Oakland District 5 Race Gallo popular for backing renters’ protection and police commission

In the City Council race for Oakland District 5, incumbent Noel Gallo is facing off against Viola Gonzales, who previously served on the Oakland Board of Education as an appointee of then-Mayor Jerry Brown.
Mayor Libby Schaaf

Mayor Schaaf Seeks to Unseat Oakland City Council Incumbents

There are indications that Mayor Libby Schaaf may be attempting to remake the city’s political landscape by backing more compliant candidates for the City Council and school board.
From left to right: Orson Aguilar, President, Greenlining Institute; Post Publisher Paul Cobb; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council; and Councilmember Noel Gallo attended the medical cannabis mixer on Sunday.

Hundreds Attend Oakland Medical Cannabis Mixer for Drug War Victims

The City of Oakland held a medical cannabis mixer on Sunday, to allow Oaklanders interested in medical cannabis permits and who satisfy the equity program criteria to explore partnership opportunities and learn more about the [...]
Fliers opposing the soda tax depict a bag of groceries and can be found on many store fronts in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Councilmembers to File Complaint Against the No Oakland Grocery Tax Campaign City Leaders Say Soda Tax Opponents Misleading Oakland Voters

Campaign groups opposing a proposed city soda tax may soon be under investigation by local and federal agencies once three Oakland City Council members file complaints saying the groups are deceptively advertising against the ballot [...]
(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 [...]
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 [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.