Politics

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones speaks about Prop. 45 at UC Berkeley. Gabriel J. Sanchez

Hikes in health insurance rates could be denied by state commissioner if Prop. 45 passes

Proposition 45, a November ballot measure empowering the state’s elected insurance commissioner to rule on health insurance rate hikes, is drawing heated debate and hefty donations from Oakland groups with a stake in health care.
Oakland's Oak Tree residents voice their opinions to Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, October 15 at YEP. Photo Credit: Ms. Jeung, the event photographer

Sex trafficking, youth jobs and buses: mayoral candidates discuss at roundtable

Residents, non-profit organizers, and local businesses owners from the Oak Tree area gathered last Wednesday night at YEP, a youth employment training agency, to hear seven of the 15 mayoral candidates’ strategies for dealing with...
The Scott brothers were busy selling bagels at last week's Kiva Zip event.

City celebrates new Kiva Zip-funded local businesses

The Authentic Bagel Company was one of 12 Oakland-bred businesses honored last week at a party for a special program that helps entrepreneurs gather zero-interest startup funds through online crowd-funding. Other entrepreneurs at the party...
The registrar of voters office deals with the elections for Alameda County. Photo by Gabriela Arvizu.

Mayoral candidates prep for the return of ranked choice voting

Ranked choice voting, also known as instant run off voting, changed the face of the 2010 Oakland mayoral election. As 2014 elections approach, many of this year's mayoral candidates are approaching their campaigns with the...
Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
Karen Kennedy (left) moderates panelists, Dr. James Lance Taylor (center) and Dr. Candice Harrison (right) on October 8, 2014 at Impact Hub. Photo courtesy of Diallo M. Jeffery

After Ferguson shooting, groups OPEN and 100 Black Men host discussion on policing and race

OPEN Conversation and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, hosted an event last Wednesday evening to facilitate a discussion about the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager. 100 Black Men...
Police officers exit after the Blue Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on October 9, 2014.

Oakland police, firefighters honored at Blue Mass

Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical officers, and law enforcement personnel of all types are honored at a Blue Mass, during which community members and faith leaders can offer thanks to the people responsible for public...
An endorsement for Joe Tuman on Michaan's theatre marquee, which looms over a prominent corner at the Lake Merritt end of Grand Avenue, and is often used by Michaan as a protest signboard. In this case, it hits directly at Tuman's rivals.

Mayoral candidate Tuman: cut Oakland’s parking ticket fines and meter hours

Mayoral candidate Joe Tuman joined local business owners and residents to voice support for reducing parking meter costs and parking fines in Oakland.