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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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
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City Council Declares Oakland Housing State of Emergency

The unanimous vote of the City Council to declare a housing state of emergency Tuesday night marks an historic step for Oakland, representing an unprecedented level of citywide unanimity and determination to halt the displacement [...]
The Oakland Justice Coalition announces its support for the three 2016 ballot initiatives in front of City Hall. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Three Ballot Measures That Could Change Oakland in November

The Oakland Justice Coalition, a coalition of social justice oriented organizations working to support ballot initiatives and progressive candidates in 2016, has announced support for three measures for which it is gathering signatures to go [...]
Photo by Ken Epstein.

12 Suggested Actions to Protect Tenants in Oakland

The following list was submitted to City Council, containing some actions the council can take during the temporary housing state of emergency to provide long-term protections to Oakland residents who are being forced out of [...]
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Organize for Moratorium on Rent Increases

In response to rising calls for action from the community, the City Council will vote Tuesday, April 5 on whether to declare a housing state of emergency, in response to an unprecedented crisis that affects [...]
(Bottom row, left to right) Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember Desley Brooks.

Will Council Back Moratorium on Excessive Rents and Unjust Evictions? At least 6 council members’ votes needed to pass state of emergency Tuesday evening

The Oakland Post has asked the eight members of the Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf whether they are supporting a declaration of a housing state of emergency, which is on the council’s agenda [...]