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Friday, May 9th, 2014

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 raise it to $10.10, but many believe higher-cost cities like Oakland need a higher wage requirement. Also, as the federal effort is stalled in

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

On rattles, shakes and 2.0 quakes (Community Voices)

By Councilmember McElhaney Growing up in California has many privileges – among these is the resilience and calm that comes from being in seismic territory. You learn at quite an early age not to panic just because...

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

City of Oakland’s zoning division forbids hazardous cargo inspection in West Oakland

By Ashley Chambers and Ken Epstein The City of Oakland’s Zoning division has issued a ruling this week forbidding entrepreneur Tom Henderson from establishing a U.S. Customs Exam Station at the old Horizon Beverage in West Oakland to inspect potentially...

Friday, December 13th, 2013

In a digital age, public libraries prove their worth (Community Voices)

Welcome to the Oakland Library Advisory Commission’s inaugural column! This column will focus on keeping the Oakland community informed about what the commission is doing to support Oakland’s libraries. You may be asking: ‘What is the Library...

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Youth speak out against proposed curfews (Community Voices)

By Xiomara Castro On November 12th youth and community members packed the Oakland City Council Chambers to speak-out about City Council Member Noel Gallo’s proposal for a city-wide youth curfew. The proposed youth curfew would have restricted teens...

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

City Council will look at two maps in its redistricting debate tonight

Some 48 maps or pieces of maps that suggest various redistricting possibilities for the City of Oakland have been honed down to two maps. The City Council will discuss those two maps at its meeting tonight, October...

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Oakland Begins Investigation Of Goldman Sachs For Rate Swap Deal (Analysis)

Debarring Goldman Sachs would be huge news. However, Oakland’s bill to prove their culpability is also quite large. Last week, the Oakland City Council approved a $226,000 budget to hire an outside consultant to investigate Goldman Sachs’...

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Reid For Mayor? ‘If I Can Raise $400,000, I’m In The Race’ (Commentary)

Councilmember Larry Reid entered the Oakland City Council chambers last Thursday evening to a wave of cheers from supporters on hand early for a truly raucous, yet divisive night. Their exuberance was mixed with calls urging for...

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Oakland City Council censures incumbent members, avoiding singling out Brooks (Analysis)

Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks escaped censure Thursday night in a meeting filled with racial innuendo and a flood of support from members of her East Oakland district. However, the City Council voted to reprimand itself, excluding its...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Brooks Offers 35-Page Retort To Censure; Calls Charges ‘Purely Political’ (Analysis)

Don’t confuse the relative silence from Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks before she faces censure proceedings this Thursday with resignation, she’s merely been assembling her defense. On Monday, Brooks, who was accused last March by City Auditor Courtney Ruby of violating...

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