Environmental activists rallied recently in front of Oakland Army Base
developer Phil Tagami ‘s office. Photo courtesy of Occupy Oakland.

Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.
At least eight churches have been set on fire in southern states in the week after the killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government Response to Church Burnings Must Have “Real Teeth,” Say Clergy

The discussion of entrenched racism in America is intensifying in the wake of the recent killing of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white supremacist, followed by fires [...]
Josh Healey, an Eastlake resident, spoke out Tuesday against the Council's decision to sell the East 12th property to a private developer. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

City Council Mum After Exposure of Confidential Legal Opinion Council ignored City Attorney’s advice that sale of Lake Merritt parcel was illegal

The Oakland City Council was uncharacteristically at a loss for words this week after public exposure that it had moved ahead on a controversial sale of city property near Lake Merritt to UrbanCore Development, ignoring [...]
Pope Francis visited Ecuador this week with a message of preserving the environment for everybody's sake, especially those who are most vulnerable. Photo courtesy of Time.

Pope Francis Visits South America, Calls for Climate Justice for the World’s Poor He says government should include indigenous groups, people of African descent, women in decision-making.

Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday, visiting his home continent for a three-country tour that includes Bolivia and Paraguay.   The pope’s visit to Quito—Ecuador’s capital city—attracted over one million people who traveled from [...]
A group of young women from McClymonds High School who will be attending the cross country trip to South Africa this summer.

Help McClymonds Students Travel to South Africa

Special to the Post   One week before their Transatlantic educational visit to South Africa, a group of McClymonds students, mentors, and teachers known as “Culture Keepers” are continuing their work to make their summer [...]
Mayor Libby Schaaf with summer interns, city staff, and partners of the City of Oakland Classroom2Careers program at the kick-off reception this week.

Mayor Schaaf Welcomes Summer Interns to City Hall

Mayor Libby Schaaf, together with youth employment partners, corporate donors, and city staff welcomed summer interns to City Hall this week during a kick-off reception for Oakland’s Classrooms2Careers program.
An advertisement outside Frank Ogawa Plaza was altered in protest to Mayor Schaaf and the City Council's avoidance of the city's legal opinion. Photo courtesy of Save the E12 Parcel for the People.

Council’s Decision to Sell East 12th Street Property Violates State Law, Says City Attorney Council to meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. for final vote on luxury apartment tower

In a confidential legal opinion issued in February to the City Council, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker told councilmembers that their plan to sell the East 12th Street parcel to UrbanCore Development for the construction [...]
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was appointed as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Baltimore Mayor to Lead U.S. Conference of Mayors

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   Outgoing president Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointed her as head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd annual four-day [...]