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Pastor Ken Chambers (right) and supporters of the ordinance banning coal speak at Monday’s city council meeting in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Bans Coal Shipments Clergy agree to come together to heal the community after the city’s division

In an historic victory for environmental activists and local communities, the City Council voted unanimously at a heated council meeting this week to ban large amounts of coal from being stored and handled in Oakland.
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Op-Ed: Oakland Can Have Health and Good Jobs Without Coal

By Derrick Muhammad, ILWU Local 10   Dear Mayor Schaaf and City Council members,   I’m a longshoreman and elected Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10. After much discussion, my union [...]
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan helped rewrite the
renter protection measure being voted on July 5. Photos by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Council to Vote July 5 on Placing Renter Protection on November Ballot Protections would “benefit Oakland’s economy,” says Assistant City Administrator

For about six months, housing experts and tenants’ rights advocates have been pushing to place a renter protection initiative onto the November ballot, and now the Oakland City Council will vote next week on whether [...]
Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney. (Tulio Ospina)

Grand Jury Report: McElhaney Violated State Ethics and City Regulations, “Conflict of Interest for Personal Gain”

The final report by the Alameda County Grand Jury, released this week, accuses City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney of violating “state ethics, rules and city regulations” when she used public resources and her authority [...]
(L to R): Assistant City Administrator Claudia Cappio, James Vann and Kitty Kelly Epstein speak at Sunday’s
Post Salon about what steps the city has taken to protect Oakland renters during the moratorium. Carroll Fife
moderated the discussion. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Councilmembers Stall Proposal to Extend Housing Moratorium

Community pressure has been mounting for the city to extend the temporary moratorium on rent increases and illegal evictions until the City Council takes decisive action to pass laws that provide long-term protections for Oakland’s [...]
Waiting to speak  at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting are (L to R): Tyrone Cosey, Chris Jackson, Assata Olugbala and Councilmember Noel Gallo. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Pledge to Keep Three Oakland Neighborhood Job Centers from Closing Mayor eliminated funding for centers in East Oakland, West Oakland and Fruitvale District

A majority of City Council members are determined to find the money in the city budget to save the neighborhood job centers in East, West and Central Oakland that serve unemployed and underemployed workers.
Photo by Tulio Ospina.

How to Protect Oakland Renters After Emergency Housing Moratorium Ends on July 5

Oakland has operated under a housing state of emergency for the past two months. This ordinance has stopped hundreds and perhaps thousands of Oakland renters from having their rent raised above 1.7 percent (per year) [...]
Carroll Fife spoke at a recent Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, opposing the closing of neighborhood job centers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Pressure Forces Council Members to Seek Funding to Save West Oakland and Fruitvale Job Centers

Members of the Oakland City Council are looking for ways to save West Oakland and Fruitvale neighborhood career centers in the wake of community protests over Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to close the centers at [...]