Photo courtesy of the Oakland Justice Coalition.

Disappointed by Council Members, Housing Activists Organize to Put Rent Protection on Ballot

The City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee voted last week to delay a decision that could have put one of the most important rent protection initiatives directly onto the November ballot, bypassing the need to [...]
From left to right: Mike Hutchinson, Roseann Torres, Chris Jackson.

Oakland School Board Members, Candidates Weigh In on Special Education Changes

When the Oakland Unified School District is making big decisions that affect the lives of students and families and the future of schools – such as the reorganization of special education that is now underway [...]
Stacey Harris with his son. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

Oaklanders Hard-Pressed to Find Housing Even with Minimum Wage Jobs Private Industry Council Helps the Homeless and Underemployed Find Hope

Stacey Harris is on a mission to provide for himself and his son in this challenging economy. As a single father who is also struggling to find stable and affordable housing, securing a good job [...]
Special education parents Inga Wagar, Kristen Zimmerman and Silvia Matta at the April 13 Board of Education meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Special Ed Classes Being Disrupted with No Clear Notification of What Comes Next, Say School District Parents and Teachers

Parents and teachers are raising concerns that they are being kept in the dark until the last minute about what they consider to be a disruptive overhaul of the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) special [...]
Photo by Tulio Ospina.

What Housing Moratorium Means for Oakland’s Tenants and Landlords

The Housing State of Emergency adopted at the Oakland City Council’s Tuesday meeting went into effect immediately upon its passage.     The ordinance remains in force for 90 days, but can be extended by [...]
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 [...]
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