Tag Archives: Lynette Gibson McElhaney

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 [...]
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 [...]
Carroll Fife spoke at a recent Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, opposing the closing of neighborhood job centers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Community Pressure Forces Council Members to Seek Funding to Save West Oakland and Fruitvale Job Centers

Members of the Oakland City Council are looking for ways to save West Oakland and Fruitvale neighborhood career centers in the wake of community protests over Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to close the centers at [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
Oakland residents stand in line at Tuesday's CED Committee meeting to speak out against moving funds promised to build low-income affordable housing to building housing
for more affluent families. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Guts Affordable Housing Funds for Low-Income Oaklanders

Oakland City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee on Tuesday approved an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Libby Schaaf that affordable housing advocates say will “gut” low-income housing funds by expanding the definition of “affordable [...]
Oakland students rally in front of the Alice Street Mural to protest two market-rate housing developments that
threaten the Malonga Center’s businesses and will destroy the iconic mural. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Malonga Center Supporters Say Market-Rate Project May Cripple Cultural Institution

    Nearly a month after City Council passed a resolution designating the 14th Street corridor in downtown Oakland as the Black Arts Movement Business District “to highlight, celebrate, preserve and support the contributions of [...]