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Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) listens as Councilmember Desley Brooks (right) speaks at Tuesday’s CED Committee meeting. Behind Schaaf directly to the right sits California EDD Director Patrick Henning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor Questioned Over Closing Job Centers, Apologizes for Overlooking the Community “I am very conscious of my privilege because of my race,” says Mayor Schaaf

This week was the first chance the community had to talk to the mayor about their concerns over her unilateral decision to close East, Central and West Oakland neighborhood job centers, the lack of transparency [...]
Donald Lacy. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Adopts “Love Life” as Official Motto

The city council this week adopted “Love Life” as the official motto of the City of Oakland, incorporating the slogan in the city’s communications and welcome signs. &nb
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Organize for Moratorium on Rent Increases

In response to rising calls for action from the community, the City Council will vote Tuesday, April 5 on whether to declare a housing state of emergency, in response to an unprecedented crisis that affects [...]
(Bottom row, left to right) Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember Desley Brooks.

Will Council Back Moratorium on Excessive Rents and Unjust Evictions? At least 6 council members’ votes needed to pass state of emergency Tuesday evening

The Oakland Post has asked the eight members of the Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf whether they are supporting a declaration of a housing state of emergency, which is on the council’s agenda [...]
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Nextdoor.com Remains at Center of Racial Profiling Controversy

By Nikolas Zelinski   The social media website Nextdoor.com, designed to connect neighbors, is gradually making changes to its website in the wake of intense criticism for creating a cyber network that allows racial profiling [...]
Miembros de la comunidad preocupados por la crisis de vivienda de Oakland muestran su desaprobación de subvención federal. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Community Protesters: Amid Housing Crisis, Why is Council Funding More Police?

The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday evening to accept a controversial $1.875 million federal grant from the US Department of Justice that would pay 18 percent of the cost of hiring 15 additional Oakland police [...]
Mary King, May 29, 1946 to November 15, 2015

Trailblazer and Champion of the People, Mary King, 69

Mary V. King, an Oakland native who was the first African American on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and served as AC Transit general manager, died on Sunday at the age of 69.
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Officials Will Be Held Accountable in 2016 City Elections for Failing to Halt Gentrification and Keep Residents in Oakland

There is near universal agreement that Oakland is in a housing crisis and that action must be taken quickly to prevent the town from being San Franciso-ized, turning into a city that has lost its [...]