Oakland Zoo staffers join march against the ivory trade

Members of the organization March for Elephants, many of whom are Oakland Zoo staffers, and their supporters marched on Saturday to celebrate the law’s passing as well as protest the ongoing ivory trade in China....
Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan speaks in support of the approval of "Oakland's Housing Equity Roadmap." Photo by Lucas Waldron.

City Council approves plan to prevent displacement of residents, increase affordable housing

Oakland’s City Council took steps Wednesday night to address the city’s current housing problem by unanimously approving the “Housing Action Plan and Policy Framework” set out in the “Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.” The policy seeks...
Owners of Flora, an up-scale restaurant on Telegraph Ave. and 19th St., have cut back on employee perks to cover increased payroll costs.

Increased minimum wage creates tough choices for Oakland restaurant owners

At restaurants, the increase in minimum wage means wait staff are often getting a wage boost in addition to tips, while cooks don’t see changes in wages.
Runners approach the finish line at SuperSATurday.

Oakland non-profit hosts run to encourage students to take the SAT

Local non-profit hosted SuperSATurday, a family 10K run at Lakeside Park in Oakland. The event was aimed at motivating students to take the SAT and linking them with resources
The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building located at 1301 Clay Street Oakland California. Photo by Libby Leyden

Oakland union official pleads not guilty to charges of taking illegal payments

Daniel J. Rush, a union official who has been at the center of a four-year FBI investigation, sat on the front bench in a federal courthouse in Oakland waiting to enter his plea in a...
Sal Bednarz of Victory Burger empties a compost bin.

Oakland businesses oppose compost rate hike

The rates rose this summer after the city council granted the national company Waste Management (WM) the city’s sole contract for the collection of organic waste and trash.
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has authored a bill to grant professional cheerleaders minimum wage and overtime compensation.

California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among...
Some of the departments with the most TPT workers include the Oakland Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Photo courtesy of Curtis Cronn via Flickr Creative Commons.

Lack of benefits and work continuity weighs heavily on temporary part-time city workers

For the last three years, Connor Crabb has been working as a recreation leader at Studio One, a city-run center in Oakland that offers afterschool and summer art classes to children. The 24-year-old Oakland native...