Politics

Assembly Bill 918, the “California Voting for All Act,” would let limited-English voters bring laminated facsimile ballots into the voting booth, granting them the same privacy as other voters. Illustration by Abner Hauge.

New bill aims to improve access for voters with limited English

A new California bill could give voters with limited English proficiency the right to vote privately, opposed to current state regulations. The bill resulted from a study by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.
The amicus brief signed by Oakland's City Attorney, Barbara J. Parker, filed by Santa Clara County.

Oakland’s City Attorney shows support for detained immigrants

Oakland’s City Attorney, Barbara J. Parker, has signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to grant immigrants, who are detained facing deportation proceedings, six-monthly bond hearings to assess whether their detention is justified.
Jonah Strauss, a lead organizer with the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, speaks during public comments. "We're here to talk about keeping people in their homes," he said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Oakland City Council reviews post-Ghost Ship fire recommendations, community-written proposal receives little debate

On Tuesday night, the council heard reports by working groups created by Mayor Libby Schaff’s Executive Order 2017-1 on January 11, calling for improving building and fire safety in non-permitted spaces while avoiding displacing their...
Sign courtesy of Nido

Some Oakland business owners recognize “Day Without Immigrants”

Protest sends a message about what is happening and how business owners are fighting for people who work for them.
Barbers, Books & Bridges founder Denmark Gatewood holds up books for the audience to choose from for the read-aloud. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

Oakland non-profit promotes literacy through diversity and representation

Denmark Gatewood had a captive audience. On Saturday, he sat on a small stage reading children’s books filled with stories about Black children, written by Black authors to a group of mostly Black children and...
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
Jessica Escobar said she was marching to support undocumented friends and family members. Photo taken January 21, 2017 at the Oakland Women's March by Rachel Loyd.

Bay Area officials support sanctuary cities, despite threats of federal cuts

On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, such as Oakland and Richmond. But Bay Area officials are pushing back and affirming the status of sanctuary cities.
City of Oakland Economic Development Manager Aliza Gallo explains the Small Business Administration's emergency loan program to John McLeod of Acme Fire Extinguishers Company. Photograph by Abner Hauge

Oakland offers emergency loans to those affected by Ghost Ship fire

The city and the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) are offering low-interest loans and technical assistance to business owners, nonprofits, homeowners and tenants in the vicinity of the fire. According to Economic Development Manager Aliza...