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Sinorti Iris Stegman (right), a college student and intern at the Dellums Institute for Social Justice whose family was once homeless in Oakland, urges the City Council on Tuesday to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Renter Protection Going to Oakland Voters in November “This is a fight for the soul of Oakland,” say housing advocates, gearing up for a voter registration drive

In an historic win for tenants’ rights advocates and Oakland’s most vulnerable residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday morning after seven hours to place the strongest renter protection initiative that the city has [...]
Housing activists occupied City Hall during a rally for rent control in June. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Activists Kick Off Campaign to Recall Mayor Libby Schaaf

Activists kicked off a campaign this week to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, criticizing the mayor for an explosive series of scandals in the police department and concerns over her lack of willingness to counter the [...]
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]
Councilmembers Abel Guillén (right) and Noel Gallo opposed each other on selling the E12th St. public parcel to private developers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Sells E12th St. Land Despite Neighbors’ Pleas There is no guarantee that affordable housing will remain in the project

In a last-minute change to the city’s decision to lease the controversial, publically-owned East 12th St. parcel by Lake Merritt to a private developer, the City Council voted on Tuesday instead to sell the land [...]
James Vann

Op-Ed: Housing Moratorium Ends, Council Must Approve Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal

By James Vann   After weeks of testimony at City Council meetings of exorbitant rent increases, cruel evictions, and neighborhood disrupting displacement, on April 5, with over 600 residents crowding City Hall, Oakland’s City Council [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to reform Costa-Hawkins in 2013. He owns an Oakland property that went up for sale this year at $2,595,000. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Oakland Calls for Repeal of State Law Restricting Renter Protections Costa-Hawkins law prohibits rent protections for housing built after 1983

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a resolution urging state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown to repeal or modernize the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prohibits rent protections for housing built [...]
Community members and organizers with the Bay Area Restaurant Workers Movement picket outside of Calavera during First Friday in Oakland. Photo courtesy of Brooke Anderson Photography.

Hundreds Call for Boycott of Calavera Restaurant After Alleged Labor Abuse Former workers say they were not paid minimum wage, overtime or given time for breaks

Hundreds of restaurant workers and community members are calling for a boycott of Calavera, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Oakland, after several kitchen workers were fired from a job they say was riddled with abuse [...]
Rebecca Kaplan (left) and Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

Oakland Community Backs Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal McElhaney’s version delays tenant protections for one to two years, says Kaplan

    The City Council is poised to place a renter protection measure on the November ballot, but housing advocates and community members are unsure what the measure will look like and if it is [...]
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 [...]
Cat Brooks (center) of the Anti Police-Terror Project speaks at a press conference in front of the Oakland Police Department about the several demands the community has of the city and the police department. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Black Lives Matter Demands Oakland Mayor Schaaf Resign Civilian-controlled policing and more community investment on community list of demands

While Oakland is reeling from widening revelations of the Oakland Police Department’s rape and racist text scandals, the community is demanding changes to the way the police department is run and to the city’s public [...]