Tag Archives: City of Oakland

Council President Lynette McElhaney and Council President Pro Tem Larry Reid convened the Special Council Hearing on Jan. 24.

City Leaders Address Concerns Raised by Black Lives Matter Movement

Many Oakland residents are saying that the City Council’s public hearing on critical issues that impact African Americans in Oakland is a good first step.   Held last Saturday in City Hall chambers, the packed [...]
Standing at the podium during the City Council's public hearing were (L to R): Karissa Lewis, Black Radical Farmer, Black Friday 14; Robbie Clark, Black Friday 14, Black Lives Matter; Mollie Costello, Black Friday 14, Alan Blueford Center for Justice; Nell Myhand, Black Friday 14; and Cat Brooks, ONYX, Black Power Network, Black Friday 14. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Community Members at Public Hearing Say: “The People Have Had Enough”

Oakland has the chance to be a model for cities across the country on how city government can effectively respond to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to activists and City Councilmembers.
Robert Schwartz of Key Source International (left) and James Curtis, president of the Oakland Commerce Corporation, wait for their opportunity to speak at the Oakland Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday at City Hall. Photos by Ken Epstein.

Small Businesses Object to Coliseum City Development

Representatives of small businesses are complaining that city staff is on a fast track to adopt a formal plan for a massive Coliseum City development project, which has reached the final stages of approval without [...]
Supporters of 14 protesters arrested at West Oakland BART on Nov. 28 chant and hold up a banner Thursday afternoon at the beginning of a BART Board of Directors meeting in Oakland before police push them out of the room.  The banner reads: "We Stand with the Black Friday 14. Drop the charges." Most of the supporters could not fit into the meeting room. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Supporters of Black Friday Protesters Demand That BART Drop All Charges

Protesters who took over the West Oakland BART station and shut down the trains on Black Friday received an outpouring of support on Thursday as community members rallied outside the BART Board meeting demanding that [...]
School Board member Jumoke Hinton-Hodge

OP-ED: Castlemont, Fremont, and McClymonds Don’t Need to be Charters

By Jumoke Hinton Hodge, District 3 Oakland School Board Member The Oakland Post headline was shocking to say the least. There is nothing written or recorded stating schools would be turned over to charters in [...]
Longtime educator and coach at McClymonds, Ben Tapscott speaks at Tuesday's community meeting at McClymonds High School. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

McClymonds Community Speaks Out on OUSD Redesign “McClymonds will not become a charter,” Says District Official

Concerned about the future of their local neighborhood school, parents, teachers, and alumni of McClymonds High School showed up at a community meeting Tuesday night in the school cafeteria, looking for answers from the school [...]
A protest in Oakland Monday night after the St. Louis grand jury decision. Photo by Laura Ming Wong.

Special Council Hearing for Black Lives Matter, Jan. 24

City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Councilmember Larry Reid will hold a special Oakland City Council hearing on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m., at City Hall in the Council Chambers.The meeting will examine the [...]
Boardmember Jody London, Supt. Antwan Wilson and Board President James Harris listen to speakers at Wednesday's board meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

District Seeks to Explain Redesign Process for Five Schools

Parents, students, teachers and community members are struggling to understand exactly what the district has in mind for their schools after it announced the start of a “high quality” school redesign process at five Oakland [...]
Students held signs and spoke at the school board meeting on Wednesday, opposing the school district's redesign plan. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Students and Board Members Weigh-in on School Changes

Student and teacher speakers at Wednesday night’s board meeting raised their concerns about the school redesign process that the district administration has initiated at five Oakland schools.In interviews with the Oakland Post, school board members [...]