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Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Considers Adopting Its First Public Lands Policy The policy could lead to more affordable housing developments on city-owned land

Oakland City Councilmembers began a discussion at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting that could ultimately lead to adopting a policy that would govern how to utilize over 1,000 parcels of publically-owned land.
Anti-coal picnic at deFremery Park last Saturday.

Neighbors Celebrate the Right to Stay in a Coal-Free Community

By Steve Stallone, SEIU 1021   More than 200 Oakland residents gathered for a day of food, fun, music and resistance Saturday, May 21 at West Oakland’s deFremery Park, celebrating their right to stay in [...]
Supporters of the Protect Oakland Renters Act pack the City Council chambers at Tuesday’s committee
meeting. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Only Renter Protection Measure Can Keep Tenants in Oakland, Say Advocates Mayor opposes expanding eviction protection to new units in Oakland

Oakland councilmembers could have decided at this week’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee to send a rent protection initiative to the full City Council for approval to put on the November ballot for voters [...]
Members of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters hold up the mayor’s eviction notice at a demonstration in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Renters Serve Eviction Notices to Mayor and City Council Two days after protest, mayor meets with advocates of placing rent initiative on November ballot

Friday, May 20 marks the halfway period of the 90-day housing state of emergency, intended to put a halt on rising rents and evictions while City Council takes action on solutions for Oakland’s housing crisis [...]
Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Courtesy of the East Bay Express.

Oakland Council Dodges Tenants’ Urgent Request to Place Rent Protection Initiative on Ballot by June Deadline, Forces Activists to Gather 22,000 Valid Signatures by May 30

“An item that would not come before the voters before November is not urgent,” said Council President McElhaney.   A heated debate took place at Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting on a procedural motion on [...]
Bay Area residents, environmental activists and health advocates rally in front of City Hall demanding a stop to coal export talks. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Could Ban Coal on June 27 Environmental activists see growing momentum to stop coal trains

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set a date for a final decision on whether coal will be shipped out of Oakland.   The decision is set for a special City Council meeting [...]
Housing activists say a prayer before City Council considers passing the affordable housing impact fees. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland’s New Developer Fees are “Too Low and Too Slow,” Say Housing Activists Affordable housing funds can now go to households earning $110,000 a year

Oakland will finally start charging developers impact fees that will go towards building affordable housing after City Council voted 7-1 to pass an ordinance that several other Bay Area cities have had in place for [...]