“May you live in interesting times.” This curse, attributed tenuously to ancient China, bespeaks a preference for order over change. We now live in interesting times and Americans are hungering for change. Yet, surprisingly, [...]
By Willie Lockett, Oakland Resident In my younger days, I made some mistakes and served 22 years in California Penal Institutions. Since my release, I’ve worked really hard to overcome many obstacles, including one of [...]
It’s called debarment – the ability of a governing body to ban a firm from doing business with it because of egregious and/or unlawful acts, such as a big powerful bank committing substantial, documented [...]
Housing is a critical issue across the Bay Area.It is an issue that impacts almost every city. According to the Older Adults in Alameda County, the April 2016 report from the Alameda County Public [...]
By Jessamyn Sabbag and Jahmese Myres Public transit is critical to keeping Oakland affordable. The low-income community members our organizations serve often ask: “Is your office near BART or bus?” because they depend on [...]
By Lawrence J. McQuillan Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to bankroll a television-commercial campaign in favor of proposed soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco, known as Measure HH and [...]
Demonstrations continue in Charlotte, N.C., and protests have spread to Atlanta and elsewhere, sparked most recently by the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.
By Jan Malvin and Joel Moskowitz Confusing the public may well be the major achievement of the fourth annual Oakland Achieves Public Education Progress Report prepared by Urban Strategies Council.
By Tony Daquipa One of the biggest problems in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is the lack of power and influence that OUSD parents, students and community members have in the decision-making of [...]
By Denise Deluca, OCCUR, Program Manager At OCCUR we believe that all individuals should have the opportunity to live healthy lives regardless of their race, income, zip code or level of education, and that having [...]