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Is it time to lift up Oakland wages? (Community Voices)

By Councilmember Libby Schaaf From President Obama to your server at McDonalds, many believe it's time to increase the minimum wage for hourly workers (it's currently just $7.25). A federal proposal could...
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Councilmember Libby Schaaf: Are you a Localist? (Community Voices)

Making small changes to how we do our shopping can result in big changes for our city.  According to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Localism is not just about shopping more in the...
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Oakland City Council Approves Open Data Policy (Community Voices)

Tonight, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved Councilmember Libby Schaaf’s Open Data Policy, requiring Oakland's public data to be proactively made available in useable formats, which will empower...
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Transparency key to resuscitating democracy (Community Voices)

People are pretty frustrated with government these days. Seventy-five percent of likely Oakland voters feel their Council and Mayor are doing only a fair or poor job, and a similar percentage of Americans just...
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It Could Change Your Life (and someone else’s) (Community Voices)

Volunteering with kids changed my life. In 1994 I had been proudly working as an attorney at Oakland’s largest law firm, when I agreed to coordinate a Homework Help Night at the West Oakland Boys &...
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Building a Safe Oakland (Community Voices)

Oakland’s crime crisis became even more heart wrenching this month following two particularly senseless murders: 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine was shot inside her best friend’s apartment, and 66 year old...
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Changing Oakland’s Political Landscape

Unhappy with your political leadership? Oakland’s 2013 Redistricting Process is your once-in-a-decade chance to influence who’ll represent you at the most local level. Every 10 years, Oakland must...
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Oakland’s Budget – Worth Fighting For (Community Voices)

As the City puts together our budget, the resounding message I’ve been hearing from Oakland’s residents is that we love our town. I’m also hearing—and it should come as no surprise—that crime and...
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Can Oakland plan its way to safety? (Community Voices)

Over the last weeks, Oakland unveiled two important public safety plans on improving the police force and fighting crime, as well as, evaluation results for yet another plan on violence prevention. Will...
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Safe Oakland Speaker Series continues TODAY, from 7 – 9 p.m. (Community Voices)

On Wednesday, May 22, Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere Founder Pastor Zac Carey, Caught in the Crossfire First Responder Kyndra Simmons, and Oakland Street Outreach Team Lead Akil Truso, will share...