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Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan helped rewrite the
renter protection measure being voted on July 5. Photos by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Council to Vote July 5 on Placing Renter Protection on November Ballot Protections would “benefit Oakland’s economy,” says Assistant City Administrator

For about six months, housing experts and tenants’ rights advocates have been pushing to place a renter protection initiative onto the November ballot, and now the Oakland City Council will vote next week on whether [...]
Waiting to speak  at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting are (L to R): Tyrone Cosey, Chris Jackson, Assata Olugbala and Councilmember Noel Gallo. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Councilmembers Pledge to Keep Three Oakland Neighborhood Job Centers from Closing Mayor eliminated funding for centers in East Oakland, West Oakland and Fruitvale District

A majority of City Council members are determined to find the money in the city budget to save the neighborhood job centers in East, West and Central Oakland that serve unemployed and underemployed workers.
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 [...]
A mural at 1600 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 2012. Photo by Anne-Sophie Braendlin, courtesy of Oakland North.

Oakland at National Forefront of Cannabis Reform

The Oakland City Council unanimously backed a resolution this week urging the state of California to create a process to erase criminal records for cannabis-related offenses and to remove restrictions that prohibit offenders from participating [...]
Larry Reid. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Council Votes to Use Unspent Job Funds for Jobseekers City staff says there will be no unspent fund

Councilmember Larry Reid’s resolution to recommend that any unspent city funds go to nonprofits that provide job services to the unemployed passed unanimously at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. &
Bay Area residents, environmental activists and health advocates rally in front of City Hall demanding a stop to coal export talks. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Could Ban Coal on June 27 Environmental activists see growing momentum to stop coal trains

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set a date for a final decision on whether coal will be shipped out of Oakland.   The decision is set for a special City Council meeting [...]
WDB executive director John Bailey leaves $340,000
Oakland salary package for a Dept. of Labor position.
He was responsible for sending back $600,000 to the state rather than giving it to Oakland non-profits. The
mayor praised him for his service. “I did what the mayor asked me to do,” said Bailey. Mayor Schaaf said, “I do not apologize for putting people of color in front of me when I talk about these issues.” Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Mayor’s Staff Admits Responsibility for Not Applying for $2 Million for Summer Youth Jobs Her staffer who failed to apply for the funds leaves to work for Dept. of Labor overseeing city’s jobs funds

During a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Libby Schaaf’s staff admitted responsibility for failing to apply for a $2 million federal grant to provide summer jobs for Oakland youth.
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 [...]
Photo by Tulio Ospina

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 [...]