Politics

The Oakland school district will now limit classroom parties where sweets are served to one a month.

Oakland schools implement new health rules, limit parties with sweets

With the new school year beginning, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) will implement a new wellness policy—approved just before summer break—to fight childhood obesity. The new policy updated many existing programs, but one of...
Oakland mayoral candidates grid.

Early candidates for Oakland’s fall mayoral race outline platforms

Oakland elections occupy a complex political landscape, and the upcoming 2014 mayoral contest is no exception.
Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman was one of many candidates who debated public safety on April 3 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.

Mayoral candidate: Joe Tuman

The issues for Tuman are public safety and economic development. In his view, the absence of economic development keeps part of the city in poverty and poverty is at the root of most crime. The...
Libby Schaaf

Mayoral candidate: Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf, a District 4 councilmember who announced her run for mayor last year, is hoping her policies on transparent government, safety, education and Oakland’s economy will win her City Hall’s top office in November....
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...
Peter Y. Liu, 33 is a Chinese immigrant entrepreneur who served in the US army and  grew up in Fruitvale. He is a mayoral candidate in Oakland.

Mayoral candidate: Peter Liu

When he turned 23, Army veteran Peter Y. Liu came home from Iraq and found that there wasn’t a job waiting for him in his military specialty, journalism.  The largest metropolitan newspapers on the West...