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Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) listens as Councilmember Desley Brooks (right) speaks at Tuesday’s CED Committee meeting. Behind Schaaf directly to the right sits California EDD Director Patrick Henning. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor Questioned Over Closing Job Centers, Apologizes for Overlooking the Community “I am very conscious of my privilege because of my race,” says Mayor Schaaf

This week was the first chance the community had to talk to the mayor about their concerns over her unilateral decision to close East, Central and West Oakland neighborhood job centers, the lack of transparency [...]
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Two Days After Passing Moratorium, Council Stalls Rent Protection Vote Next steps to protect Oakland tenants

Many of the speakers who lined up to speak at the Oakland City Council Tuesday night reminded the audience and council that passing a temporary moratorium on rent increases and evictions would only be a [...]
Donald Lacy. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Adopts “Love Life” as Official Motto

The city council this week adopted “Love Life” as the official motto of the City of Oakland, incorporating the slogan in the city’s communications and welcome signs. &nb
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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 [...]
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Communities Say They Want Higher Housing Impact Fees – Sooner Not Later

Over a hundred community members crowded the city council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee meeting Tuesday to react a staff report on the feasibility and implementation strategy of a citywide impact fee proposal. <
Los inquilinos protestan por la Ley de desalojos Ellis en San Francisco, donde los propietarios están ampliamente utilizando la ley para echar a los inquilinos con el fin de convertir los edificios de apartamentos en condominios.

City Wants Landlords to Pay Tenants More to Turn Apartments into Condos

The City Council’s Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee delayed a decision Tuesday on a proposal to increase relocation payments to tenants who are pushed out of their apartments through Ellis Act evictions. <
Miembros de la comunidad preocupados por la crisis de vivienda de Oakland muestran su desaprobación de subvención federal. Foto por Tulio Ospina.

Community Protesters: Amid Housing Crisis, Why is Council Funding More Police?

The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday evening to accept a controversial $1.875 million federal grant from the US Department of Justice that would pay 18 percent of the cost of hiring 15 additional Oakland police [...]
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Officials Will Be Held Accountable in 2016 City Elections for Failing to Halt Gentrification and Keep Residents in Oakland

There is near universal agreement that Oakland is in a housing crisis and that action must be taken quickly to prevent the town from being San Franciso-ized, turning into a city that has lost its [...]