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.
Libby Schaaf

Op-Ed: Libby Schaaf Should Apologize It’s clear the mayor lied to the residents of Oakland about Police Chief Whent’s departure

By Robert Gammon, Oakland Magazine   Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is facing the biggest challenge of her political career right now—and she’s failing badly.   The Oakland Police Department’s horrid sexual misconduct scandal has already [...]
Photo by Tulio Ospina.

How to Protect Oakland Renters After Emergency Housing Moratorium Ends on July 5

Oakland has operated under a housing state of emergency for the past two months. This ordinance has stopped hundreds and perhaps thousands of Oakland renters from having their rent raised above 1.7 percent (per year) [...]
The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center across from Lake Merritt in Oakland. Image courtesy of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Development Moves Forward at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

Orton Development, which has the exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) on the $52 million renovation of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center at Lake Merritt, provided a glimpse of its proposed project this week at a [...]
(L to R): Sandré Swanson, Barbara Lee and Nate Miley

Nate Miley Wins Reelection; Swanson Will Face Skinner in November Election

In the battle for the open 9th district seat in the State Senate, Democrats Sandré Swanson and Nancy Skinner will face a rematch in November. Skinner won 47 percent of the vote while Swanson received [...]
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 [...]
Speakers at this week’s Workforce Development Board meeting included (L to R): Richard de Jauregui of the
Oakland Private Industry Council, Kathy Chao Rothberg of Lao Family Community Development and District 5 City Councilmember Noel Gallo. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Community Fights to Save West Oakland, Fruitvale Job Centers Community pledges to use Schaaf’s “It’s a Hella Time” slogan for Oakland’s jobless

Oakland community members are opposing Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to close West Oakland and the Fruitvale District job centers that provide services to the unemployed.   Together, the West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center and the [...]
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Oakland Considers Adopting Its First Public Lands Policy The policy could lead to more affordable housing developments on city-owned land

Oakland City Councilmembers began a discussion at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting that could ultimately lead to adopting a policy that would govern how to utilize over 1,000 parcels of publically-owned land.