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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 [...]
Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney skipped most of Tuesday night's council meeting to attend a party for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

McElhaney Skips Council Meeting to Attend Political Party as Criticism Mounts Over Alleged Ethics Violations

                        Oakland Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney faced intense criticism from fellow council members and the community at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, where [...]
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Did Oakland Councilmembers Violate Council Procedures to Pass Cannabis Proposal?

Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Abel Guillén may have violated City Council procedures last week when they tried to take a cannabis resolution that died in the Rules Committee, and then schedule the failed proposal for [...]
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Oakland Cannabis Proposal to Fund Social Services Deadlocks in Council

Public Safety Committee officials on Tuesday deadlocked on a proposal by council members Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo and Larry Reid that would require all pot businesses in Oakland to share their earnings with the city [...]
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Oakland Council to Vote on Cannabis Program to Finance Social Services, Tuesday, Sept. 27

City Council will be voting next week on updating Oakland’s local cannabis Equity Permit Program in such a way that would generate millions of dollars from the city’s marijuana industry to help fund greatly needed [...]
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Councilmembers Seek More Local Residents, People of Color as Police Officers

The City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted to continue discussing proposals to reform Oakland Police Department (OPD) hiring and recruitment practices to enable more local residents to become OPD officers.
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 [...]