Oakland Cannabis Proposal to Fund Social Services Deadlocks in Council

Public Safety Committee officials on Tuesday deadlocked on a proposal by council members Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo and Larry Reid that would require all pot businesses in Oakland to share their earnings with the city [...]
Noni Session and Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Noni Session Faces Lynette McElhaney in District 3 Race

With nearly one month left before Oaklanders head to the voting booths, City Council candidates are ramping up their campaign efforts to reach undecided voters.   District 3 is seeing political newcomer Noni Session campaigning [...]
Nurses, local leaders and community members held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss negative health impacts of Sutter’s intention to close Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of the California Nurses Association (CNA).

Oakland Council Opposes Closure of Berkeley’s Only Hospital

Oakland City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the closure of Berkeley’s only hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.   In order to avoid state-mandated earthquake safety upgrades, Sutter Health, which operates Alta [...]
Among those who attended the City Council committee meeting Thursday to speak in favor of a strong city job policy were: (L to R) Rashidah Grinage, Kitty Kelly Epstein and Carroll Fife. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Local Jobs Policy Moves Forward in Oakland City Council

Councilmembers passed a resolution guaranteeing local hiring for Oaklanders on city-funded projects at Thursday’s Rules and Legislation committee, forwarding the jobs policy resolution to next week’s Community and Economic Development Committee. &
Activists outside Oakland City Hall raise a sign in support of the #ByeLibby campaign. (Photo from @surjbayarea/Twitter)

Oakland Approves Petition to Recall Mayor Schaaf

Now that the City of Oakland has approved a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, activists are hitting the streets to talk with residents and to collect signatures for their campaign.
Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan stands in solidarity at a No DAPL rally in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Oaklanders Back Native American Activists at Standing Rock City Council unanimously supports activists fghting North Dakota oil pipeline

When Oakland resident Rosa Aqeel first heard about protests over an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota, she immediately felt compelled to show her support.
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Open Letter by Black and Latino Leaders to Local Elected Officials

The following is an open letter describing the platform of the African American Latino Action Alliance (AALAA) for the 2016 election cycle:   We are African, Indigenous and Latino men organized to improve mental, economic [...]