Tag Archives: Oakland City Council

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Developer Loses Financial Backer for East 12th Street Luxury Apartments

  Urban Core Development has lost it financial backer after the City of Oakland agreed to seek a new bid for the property at East 12th Street by Lake Merritt. The developer is now seeking [...]
Joan Story and Ces Butner, Port of Oakland Commissioners. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Council Approves Appointment of Butner, Story to Port Board

The Oakland City Council this week confirmed the reappointment of incumbent Commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner to the Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners.   The council also approved the appointment to the port board [...]
Josh Healey, an Eastlake resident, spoke out Tuesday against the Council's decision to sell the East 12th property to a private developer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Mum After Exposure of Confidential Legal Opinion Council ignored City Attorney’s advice that sale of Lake Merritt parcel was illegal

The Oakland City Council was uncharacteristically at a loss for words this week after public exposure that it had moved ahead on a controversial sale of city property near Lake Merritt to UrbanCore Development, ignoring [...]
An advertisement outside Frank Ogawa Plaza was altered in protest to Mayor Schaaf and the City Council's avoidance of the city's legal opinion. Photo courtesy of Save the E12 Parcel for the People.

Council’s Decision to Sell East 12th Street Property Violates State Law, Says City Attorney Council to meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. for final vote on luxury apartment tower

In a confidential legal opinion issued in February to the City Council, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker told councilmembers that their plan to sell the East 12th Street parcel to UrbanCore Development for the construction [...]
Community members complained that they were being locked out of City Council meetings. Photo
courtesy of Ella Baker Center.

Judge Orders Schaaf and Staff to Stop Denying Access to Public Meetings

An Alameda County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Oakland City Council to reopen public access to the second-floor galleries overlooking the council chambers.
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Brooks’ Victory for Oakland’s New Department of Race and Equity Community support for historic measure garnered council’s unanimous vote

After months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted this week to create a Department of Race and Equity to address systemic racism and inequality in the City of Oakland.
Oakland City Hall

City Council Set to Approve New Budget

As the Oakland City Council prepares to vote on the city budget for the next two years, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Mayor Libby Schaaf are saying they are in basic agreement on spending [...]
Among the members of Eastlake United for Justice, which is opposing the new apartment tower by Lake Merritt, are: (L to R): Teresita Bautista, Nyia McClendon, Nischit Hegde, D. Alwan, Monica Garcia, Kah’lea McClendon, Mari Rose Taruc and son Kawayan, Victoria McClendon, Alma Blackwell and Amy Vanderwarker.

City Council Set to Approve Sale of City Land for Luxury Apartment Tower

The Oakland City Council is set to vote Tuesday evening on a controversial proposal to sell a city-owned parcel to build a luxury apartment tower at the corner of East 12th Street and Lake Merritt.
Josh Healey was one of the people who spoke on the bullhorn after protesters shut down the Oakland City Council meeting Tuesday, May 5. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Protesters Take Over Council Chambers, Demand Affordable Housing Not Luxury Apartments

Oakland City Council chambers became ground zero for protests against gentrification and displacement this week as young activists chained themselves together to keep the City Council meeting from taking place, instead holding a rally for [...]