Public Policy

Lift Up Oakland volunteers gather after door-to-door walk

Lift Up Oakland volunteers go door to door for minimum wage ballot measure

The campaigners were part of a fall neighborhood-by-neighborhood effort, organized by the volunteer organization that calls itself the Lift Up Oakland Coalition, to persuade voters to approve Measure FF, which would raise the minimum wage...
(From left to right) Rep. Barbara Lee, current students survivors of sexual assault at UC Berkeley, and Rep. Jackie Speier gathered at North Gate Hall Tuesday.

Congresswomen stand by sexual assault survivors

Two U.S. Congresswomen stood shoulder-to-shoulder with sexual assault survivors on the U.C. Berkeley campus on Tuesday to call for federal legislation that would toughen laws on sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.
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Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Mayoral candidate and civil rights lawyer Dan Seigel speaks out against the DAC: "This is not for Oakland." Photo by Becca Andrews.

DAC foes vow to keep ‘watching’ surveillance plan

The Oakland community filled City Hall last week to speak out against the Domain Awareness Center, a surveillance center that has been a source of controversy since July.
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Oakland tech community participates in international hackathon

The International Open Data Hackathon on Saturday was part of an international event observed in 194 cities worldwide. The aim was to strengthen grassroots power through public access to electronic information.
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Bicycle Coalition Plans Controversial Cycling Lane for Telegraph Avenue

The East Bay Bike Coalition is currently in the planning stages of a potential bike lane for Telegraph Avenue. As they consider several designs to help keep cyclists safer, however, they are finding themselves running...
A new billboard campaign from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is aimed at combatting youth sex trafficking. (Photo courtesy of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office)

Oakland introduces new billboard campaign to combat human trafficking

Oakland District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced Thursday morning the launch of a billboard campaign aimed at combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors in the Bay Area.
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For some port truckers, the new year brings new worries over work

For independent truckers at the Port of Oakland who have not yet complied with pollution regulations, the New Year may mean the loss of a job.
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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: examining arrests among black male students in OUSD

Oakland’s black youth are arrested in school at a rate that is more than double their proportion of the school population, a community nonprofit said.