Oakland Residents React To City Budget Plan to Cut Police Department FundingA day after the majority of Oakland's city council voted to slash over $17 million from the police department budget over the next two years, some residents were weighing on on how they felt about the cuts.
Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department BudgetThe Oakland City Council approved a budget early Thursday evening that will strip $17.4 million in funding from the Oakland Police Department and direct the money toward other programs.
Oakland Ordinance Aims To Increase Affordable Housing ConstructionA new ordinance going before the Oakland City Council aims to update the city’s building and zoning laws to allow for affordable housing options such as tiny homes and manufactured homes.
Audit Finds Oakland Not Adequately Prepared To Deal With Rise Of Homeless EncampmentsAn audit of homeless services in Oakland found that a team charged with closing and cleaning homeless encampments was not adequately prepared to deal with the problem and lacked an efficient strategy for dealing with the growth of the camps.
Oakland City Council To Consider Banning Natural Gas From New BuildingsOakland City Council members on Tuesday will consider legislation banning natural gas in all new buildings, the mayor's office said.
Ghost Ship Case: Oakland City Council Approves Final Settlement For Warehouse ResidentsOakland city councilmembers approved a settlement Tuesday giving a total of $399,000 to 12 people who were once residents of the Ghost Ship warehouse before it burned down killing 36 people in December 2016, council records show.
Oakland Housing Activist Carroll Fife Defeats Incumbent Lynette Gibson McElhaney In City Council RaceHousing activist Carroll Fife, who helped lead the takeover of a vacant West Oakland house by a group of homeless mothers to highlight the city's housing crisis, has notched a stunning city council election victory over two-term incumbent Lynette Gibson McElhaney.
Oakland City Council: Fife May Unseat McElhaney, Kaplan May StayAs election officials continued to tally votes Wednesday, at-large Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan appeared to be staying on the council while incumbent Lynette Gibson McElhaney may be unseated.
Controversial Rules on Oakland Homeless Encampments Unanimously ApprovedOakland City Council unanimously approved new rules that prohibit homeless people from setting up tents in parks or near homes, businesses, schools and some churches as the city copes with a recent spike in its homeless population.
Teens Could Vote in OUSD School Board Elections If Measure QQ PassesA measure on the ballot this November would, if approved, allow students as young as 16 years old to vote in Oakland Unified School District school board elections.
Oakland Council Revives 2005 Law Requiring Companies To Disclose Historical Ties To SlaveryCompanies that want to do business with the City of Oakland will have to look back into their past, following a decision by the City Council this week.