Oakland recyclers rally in front of City Hall Tuesday, seeking to save Alliance Metals. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Community Leaders Seek to Save West Oakland Recycling Plant City Attorney Parker closing only source of income for many homeless

A number of Oakland’s poorest residents and their supporters showed up at this week’s City Council meeting, asking council members to intervene to save Alliance Metals in West Oakland, a recycling center that is the [...]
Sinorti Iris Stegman (right), a college student and intern at the Dellums Institute for Social Justice whose family was once homeless in Oakland, urges the City Council on Tuesday to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Renter Protection Going to Oakland Voters in November “This is a fight for the soul of Oakland,” say housing advocates, gearing up for a voter registration drive

In an historic win for tenants’ rights advocates and Oakland’s most vulnerable residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday morning after seven hours to place the strongest renter protection initiative that the city has [...]
Jeralynn Blueford, founder of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice in Oakland, speaks at Tuesday’s City Council meeting demanding the city place an independent police commission on the November ballot. Blueford’s son, Alan, was killed by Oakland police
in 2012. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council to Vote on Police Commission Tuesday, July 26 Community wants commission to be independent of mayor and city council appointees

Nearly 100 people showed up to speak at Tuesday’s city council meeting in support of a strong, independent police oversight commission in Oakland, which will be voted on next Tuesday.
Cruz Hernandez and Pabla Lobos sit in their home in Oakland, holding up photos of their sons in El Salvador. They are still in the process of resettling their sons through the International Rescue Committee. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Immigration Program Allows Central American Families to Bring Minors in Danger to the U.S. International Rescue Committee gives families the chance to reunite across borders

Cruz Hernandez and his wife Pabla Lobos haven’t seen their sons since the couple left El Salvador 16 years ago and resettled in Oakland.   “The truth is it’s really hard,” said Hernandez in an [...]
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Council Members: OPD Must Recruit Local Residents, Women and People of Color

A proposal advocating changes to the Oakland Police Department’s recruiting practices passed unanimously this week at a packed Public Safety Committee meeting.   “We have for many years received concerns about underrepresentation of people of [...]
Dan Siegel speaks at a press conference held by the Anti Police-Terror Project in front of the Oakland Police Department headquarters. Photo courtesy of Twitter/Terri Kay.

Hotline Established for Police Whistleblowers to Report Corrupt Officers in Oakland

Police accountability activists this week established an anonymous hotline for whistleblowers to report “corruption, misconduct and predatory policing” within the Oakland Police Department (OPD).   The hotline was set up by Civil Rights attorney Dan [...]
Housing activists occupied City Hall during a rally for rent control in June. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Activists Kick Off Campaign to Recall Mayor Libby Schaaf

Activists kicked off a campaign this week to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, criticizing the mayor for an explosive series of scandals in the police department and concerns over her lack of willingness to counter the [...]
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]
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CyberTran Means Transit, Housing and Jobs for Richmond

  Special to the Post   The Richmond City Council voted unanimously in 2011 to explore a public-private partnership city transit technology startup company CyberTran International, Inc. (CTI), seeking to incorporate a Ultra Light Rail [...]
Councilmembers Abel Guillén (right) and Noel Gallo opposed each other on selling the E12th St. public parcel to private developers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Sells E12th St. Land Despite Neighbors’ Pleas There is no guarantee that affordable housing will remain in the project

In a last-minute change to the city’s decision to lease the controversial, publically-owned East 12th St. parcel by Lake Merritt to a private developer, the City Council voted on Tuesday instead to sell the land [...]