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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 [...]
(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 [...]
Low wage workers and housing advocates wake up
Mayor Libby Schaaf at her house Monday morning,
demanding protections for Oakland’s most vulnerable
residents. Photo by Nicole Dean.

Sunrise Protest Urges Oakland Mayor to Wake Up and Fight Displacement

Dozens of low-wage workers and housing rights advocates gave Mayor Libby Schaaf a wake up call at her house early Monday morning, demanding that she take urgent action to protect Oakland’s most vulnerable residents from [...]
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) [...]
Ismael Okunade, co-owner of Miliki, Oakland’s only Nigerian restaurant soon to be replaced by a beer garden. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

One of Oakland’s Only Nigerian Restaurants Makes Way for Beer Garden and Gelato Shop

A beer garden and gelato shop may soon replace Miliki, one of Oakland’s only Nigerian restaurants, located at 3725 MacArthur Blvd. in the Laurel District.   The restaurant’s landlord, Paul Schneider, is looking to turn [...]
Supporters of the Protect Oakland Renters Act pack the City Council chambers at Tuesday’s committee
meeting. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Only Renter Protection Measure Can Keep Tenants in Oakland, Say Advocates Mayor opposes expanding eviction protection to new units in Oakland

Oakland councilmembers could have decided at this week’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee to send a rent protection initiative to the full City Council for approval to put on the November ballot for voters [...]
Lynette Gibson McElhaney. Courtesy of the East Bay Express.

Oakland Council Dodges Tenants’ Urgent Request to Place Rent Protection Initiative on Ballot by June Deadline, Forces Activists to Gather 22,000 Valid Signatures by May 30

“An item that would not come before the voters before November is not urgent,” said Council President McElhaney.   A heated debate took place at Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting on a procedural motion on [...]
Post publisher Paul Cobb.

Mayor Schaaf’s “Plantation-Style” Approach Leaves Oakland Community No Seat at the Table, Says Post Publisher

Congresswoman Barbara Lee addressed the Post Salon on Sunday with Troy Williams to discuss the need to remove barriers to employment and government services for the formerly incarcerated.
Housing activists say a prayer before City Council considers passing the affordable housing impact fees. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland’s New Developer Fees are “Too Low and Too Slow,” Say Housing Activists Affordable housing funds can now go to households earning $110,000 a year

Oakland will finally start charging developers impact fees that will go towards building affordable housing after City Council voted 7-1 to pass an ordinance that several other Bay Area cities have had in place for [...]