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Op-Ed: A Call to Overhaul Oakland’s Planning Department

By Pamela Drake   A diverse coalition of Oakland residents, artists and small business people has been demanding a change in the way the city Planning Department does business with developers whose giant projects severely [...]
Dozens of people gathered in front of Oakland City Hall in support of the City Council's sanctuary city resolution on Tuesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Pledges to Lock Arms Against Anti-Immigrant Threats

Oakland City Council unanimously passed a ‘sanctuary city’ resolution, reaffirming that the city will protect its immigrant and undocumented residents from deportations in the face of president-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigration threats. &nb
Ayodele Nzinga (left) and Lailan Huen spoke Monday
evening at the Oakland City Council meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Coalition Wins Community Benefits from Wood Partners Downtown Apartment Development

Representatives of a community and labor coalition this week declared a victory in their six-month fight to win community benefits from Wood Partners’ 262-unit, one square-block apartment development, winning significant changes in an agreement that [...]
Oakland homeless encampment. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

Oakland Infrastructure Bond Delayed to Include Housing for the Homeless

The City Council was set Tuesday night to pass what seemed to be an uncontroversial law to enact the Measure KK Affordable Housing and Infrastructure Bond, which was approved by voters last week.
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How Will Oaklanders Benefit From Multi-Billion Dollar Cannabis Industry?

The dispute over Oakland’s new cannabis regulations is fundamentally an argument over fairness.   Does equity require that the city’s cannabis business licenses be granted to the “pioneers” who came to Oakland to set up [...]
Noel Gallo and Roseann Torres

Oakland Incumbents Overcome Challengers in School Board and City Council Races

In Oakland’s school board and City Council races, incumbents managed to hold off challengers, leaving the status quo perhaps shaken but intact.   In District 3, which includes West Oakland, Lynette Gibson McElhaney held onto [...]
Photo courtesy of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters.

Oakland Progressive Campaigns Score Major Victories Overwhelming Wins for Renters Protection, Police Accountability, Rebecca Kaplan

Local community organizations and progressives are celebrating overwhelming victories for improved renter protections (Measure JJ), police accountability (Measure LL) and the reelection of At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, a champion of police reform and affordable housing [...]
Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Oakland Public Ethics Commission Sues Council President McElhaney

Less than a week before the elections, Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney is being sued by the city’s Public Ethics Commission, saying she repeatedly failed to turn over public records, stalling an investigation into [...]
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Kaplan Faces Four Candidates for At-Large Council Seat

The city council’s at-large seat has attracted the greatest number of candidates, which has incumbent Rebecca Kaplan facing off against four opponents —Peggy Moore, Bruce Quan, Matt Hummel and Nancy Sidebotham. &
Cypress Mandela Executive Director Art Shanks (left) and Executive Director Scott Leary of the Bay Area Builders Exchange are with with the trainees and instructors of Cypress Mandela Training Center, which offers pre-apprenticeship  training in Oakland.

Oakland Passes Policy for Equity on City Funded Building Projects City will require contractors to give fair share of jobs to African Americans and other minorities

In what may be one of the strongest equity policies in the nation, the Oakland City Council this week adopted a resolution requiring contractors to hire African Americans, women and Asian American workers, who will [...]