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.
California State Senator Loni Hancock presents her work from the 2015 legislative session. Photo by Kyle Ludowitz.

State representatives discuss right to die, more money for schools, at Oakland event

State representatives report back from Sacramento on their 2015 achievements. The key topics of conversation were education, healthcare and the state budget.
Members of the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition hold up a sign that says "End Long-term Solitary Confinement". Photo taken by Mahlia Posey

Prison rights activists upset over new welfare check procedures at Pelican Bay

On Wednesday, members of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS) spent hours rallying in the heat to protest the new welfare check procedures in security housing units (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison.
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.
Dolores Huerta answering students' questions after her speech. Photo by Akira Kumamoto.

Dolores Huerta on civil justice: “We don’t have to feel helpless”

The co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association and civil rights advocate talked to students at Samuel Merritt University about social justice and healthcare for immigrants.