The Westlake Middle School community stood at the Wednesday School Board meeting to demontrate  with their  solidarity with principal Misha Karigaca, who the distict is removing from the school. Photo by Ken Epstein

Are Oakland Public Schools Being Displaced by Local Charters? Displacement, lack of jobs forcing families out; school sites eyed by luxury developers

Oakland teachers, parents and students who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their schools are increasingly finding themselves in conflict with a school district leadership that is committed to turning over more space at their [...]
Among those protesting at the GO Public Schools fundraiser  were (L to R): Mike Avila,educator and parent; Natalia Cooper, teachers' union executive board member and special education teacher; Mike Hutchinson, school board candidate District 5; and Deirdre Snyder, teacher. Photo by Ken Epstein

Mayor Speaks at Fundraiser to Support Pro-Charter School Board Candidates

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were keynote speakers this week at a $250-a-person election fundraiser for Great Oakland (GO) Public Schools, which protesters say is an organization that backs [...]
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New York Times Looks at National Significance of Oakland’s Fight Over Billionaire-Backed Charter Schools

A front-page article published recently in the New York Times examines the battle in Oakland over the growing power of corporate-backed charter schools, which the Times says could impact the future of public education across [...]
Member of 67 Sueños perform a “Pledge of Allegiance” poem before the City Council meeting, showing their support for the E12th Coalition’s “People’s Proposal” and expressing the pain that a lack of affordable housing has brought to their communities. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Communities Turn Out for E12th Coalition’s Affordable Housing Proposal “The market will take care of market-rate housing,” says neighborhood coalition calling for 100 percent affordable housing.

The fight to build affordable housing on a parcel of public land by Lake Merritt has once again turned into a tug-of-war between the East 12th St. neighborhood coalition with various community organizations’ support and [...]
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District Removes Popular Principal and Will “Co-locate” Charter School at Westlake

Westlake Middle School students, parents and teachers are angry and confused after learning in the past week that the district has decided to “co-locate” a charter school onto their campus and remove their beloved principal, [...]
Speakers at city council committee meeting March 3 call for council to declare a housing state of emergency and moratorium on rent increases and evicitons. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote April 5 on Temporary Freeze of Rents and Evictions

Residents from a number of community groups attended the City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee, calling on the committee to support a temporary “moratorium on evictions and on rent increases until the City has developed [...]
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Mayor’s Brooklyn Basin Project Shortchanges Black Workers, Taxpayers and Minority Contractors Oakland residents receive less than 2 percent of project wages

Brooklyn Basin, a $1.5 billion waterfront condominium project now being built near downtown Oakland, may be a great deal for developers but not so good for local construction workers, taxpayers or local companies that want [...]
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Op-Ed: Tell Oakland City Council: This is an Emergency; Stop Evictions and Rent Increases Building a few affordable housing projects is “too little, too late”

By Kitty Kelly Epstein     There is an emergency in Oakland. The policies that prevail in Oakland City Hall are going to drive most of us out of Oakland, unless we stand up.
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Public Land Sold to Build Brooklyn Basin with No Affordable Housing Pledge by Developer Project contains 3,100 market-rate units; Mayor hopes governor will contribute for 465 affordable units

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf received an enthusiastic response from some community members when she announced she was calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to give the city $45 million to help build affordable housing at the [...]
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Oakland NAACP Leader Calls on Mayor to “Uphold the Law” Oakland Jobs Program in Jeopardy

A leader of the Oakland branch of the NAACP is joining efforts of civil rights groups calling on Mayor Libby Schaaf to rescind her unilateral decision to reorganize the city’s federally funded workforce programs, jeopardizing [...]
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Senator Hancock Introduces Bills to Restrict Coal Exports Through Oakland

Citing health and environmental threats posed by increased coal shipments in and out of California, Senator Loni Hancock on Friday introduced four proposed laws to restrict exports of the pollution-inducing fuel source.