A kick-off meeting of the Beautification Council in East Oakland this week brought together community, city and county leaders seeking ways to make a dent in out-of-control trash dumping and graffiti that are blighting Oakland [...]
A proposal to redirect $200,000 in federal youth job funding to hire a single city administrator, who would serve as the city’s youth employment coordinator, was met with resounding opposition this week from community members [...]
Oakland workers rally at City Hall during one-day strike Monday. Negotiations are continuing between the city and over 3,000 workers in SEIU Local 1021 and IFPE Local 21. Photo by Ken A. Epstein.
By Ken A. Epstein Oakland’s new two-year $2 billion budget – the first in five years to be based on rising city revenues – focuses on hiring more police and reducing blight in the city. [...]
By Ken A. Epstein While most of our neighbors are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, Oakland’s Mayor elect Jean Quan is working furiously to prepare to step into her new role as chief executive of the [...]
By Ken Epstein A few years ago, people may have thought Marc Calloway, 25, was down for the count. He had some conflicts with his parents, which ended up with him spending three months in [...]