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Monday, April 21st, 2014

We need to improve Oakland’s rent ordinance (Community Voices)

By Chris Kavanagh How did the City of Oakland become a municipal exception or “outlier” when compared to every other major Bay Area city that operates a rent stabilization (rent control) ordinance? For 30 years, rent-controlled cities such as San Francisco, San Jose and Berkeley have maintained limits on the amount a rental property owner

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...

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Three ways to bridge the digital divide in Oakland (Community Voices)

By Sheila Dugan Technology has changed the way we do business, pursue education, and interact with everyone from our families to our doctors to our members of Congress. Yet, close to 1 in 5 U.S. residents remain isolated from...

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week at your local library (Community Voices)

By Shanthi Gonzales This week is National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country (including here in Oakland), which celebrates the contributions of the country’s libraries and librarians...

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Talking good with Jeff Kirschner of Litterati (Community Voices)

Jeff Kirschner believes litter should be approachable, noticeable, and a spark for thinking about how we look at packaging and trash. He is an evangelist for the power of consumer engagement and education. He is also a...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

10 questions with Joshua Safran, author of memoir about surviving familial abuse (Community Voices)

Joshua Safran provides us a road map on how to redefine bravery. He says bravery isn’t a lack of fear, it’s understanding our fears and battling them anyway. This is especially true when helping those impacted by...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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 city...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Oakland Public Library celebrates in April (Community Voices)

April is a great month to visit the library. Come and find a warm dry place to stay cozy. Libraries love April because there are so many exciting library-related celebrations going on! This April, we are celebrating...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

WOSP – The City of Oakland’s plan for gentrification: A target for anti-displacement activity (Community Voices)

by Aram Mendoza and Rocket Kay, Advance the struggle What follows is a critique of the West Oakland Specific Plan – WOSP – which the city of Oakland hopes will help in “developing” West Oakland, and is attempting to...

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

April 11 is the Planting Justice Snap Pea Soiree/Fundraiser

It’s amazing to think that Planting Justice, a wonderful social justice organization that started in 2009, is about to hit five years old!  On Friday April 11th, they are hosting A Snap Pea Soiree to celebrate 5 years...

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