Tag Archives: Oakland City Council

Left to right: Art Shanks, executive director of Cypress Mandela Training Center; Councilmember Larry Reid; Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council; Paul Cobb; and civil rights attorney Dan Siegel. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Gay Plair Cobb Honored for 30 Years of Service

Oakland City Council this week honored Gay Plair Cobb, CEO of the Oakland Private Industry Council (PIC), for her 30 years of dedicated service assisting job seekers in Oakland. Through her leadership, the Oakland PIC [...]
Work on the Oakland Army Base development could halt if disagreements over the coal terminal are not resolved.

Environmental Groups’ Legal Action Could Halt Coal Terminal

  Environmental and community groups—Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) and San Francisco Baykeepers—have filed a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) action in Alameda County Superior Court challenging the export of [...]
The SambaFunk! Funkquarians led the drum circle protest with over a hundred drummers in front of City Hall on Monday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Racially Profiled, Drummers Make Noise about Gentrification in Oakland

    Over one hundred people, most of them drummers, gathered in front of City Hall Monday evening to bring attention to what longtime Oaklanders feel is an increase in tensions between longtime residents and [...]
A panel of experts spoke at the Oakland City Council's public hearing on the housing crisis on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Left to right:  Muntu Davis, Alameda County public health director; Kalima Rose, senior director of the PolicyLink Center; Edward Del Beccaro, Transwestern; and Alma Blackwell, Oakland Housing Rights Organizer at Causa Justa: Just Cause. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Residents Push Council to Protect Renters and Homeowners Who Are Being Driven from the City

  Angry, desperate and determined residents filled City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a public hearing that had been called to discuss Oakland’s housing crisis, demanding that councilmembers move beyond talk to take immediate action [...]
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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.