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Few answers about Jordan’s medical retirement at press conference

City and police officials expressed their surprise at Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan’s abrupt resignation, but had few details about what prompted the Wednesday morning announcement.
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As reported shootings rise, analyzing gun violence, and its effect on young people, in Oakland

Scid Howard III grew up on the streets of East Oakland, so he knows what it’s like to be a teenager in a city where some young people are lost forever to gun violence and...
Elinor Buchen, a staff member in Councilmeber Jane Brunner's office, reads from a report on the city's banking contract at City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite cancelled meeting, councilmembers discuss changing city’s banking contract

For the second consecutive time, the Oakland City Council’s finance and management committee failed to meet because not enough members showed up. The lack of a quorum—only Councilmembers Jane Brunner (District 1) and Patricia Kernighan...
Jeff Levin, the vice president of IFPTE Local 21, addresses the city council on Tuesday as a crowd of city workers stand behind him.

New Oakland city budget cuts 80 jobs, but spares arts funding, zoo and Fairyland

The Oakland City Council passed a budget Tuesday night that will eliminate 80 city jobs. But thanks to a last-minute proposal from four councilmembers, funding for art and culture programs that had been on the...
Councilmembers Patricia Kernighan and Nancy Nadel discuss the new budget proposal at a town hall meeting Monday night.

At town hall meeting, residents and councilmembers debate mayor’s budget proposal

About 20 concerned citizens, activists and advocacy leaders debated the mayor’s new budget proposal Monday night at a town hall meeting organized by Councilmembers Patricia Kernighan and Nancy Nadel.
Oakland City Council members Nancy Nadel, Jane Brunner and Ignacio De La Fuente listen to a speaker at a meeting of the Community and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday afternoon.

Oakland residents and City Council call for reform to building services division

On Tuesday at the Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, Oakland City Council members and speakers from the audience criticized the city administrator’s office for not moving fast enough to fix systematic problems with the...
Graphic by Brittany Schell.

Election Day: A look at what the 3 ballot measures could mean for Oakland

There still is time to vote in the City of Oakland’s special mail ballot election. Voting ends tonight for three ballot measures – two of which are intended to help the city balance its budget,...
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The pros and cons of Oakland’s proposed parcel tax, Measure I

Oaklanders have six days left to vote for or against Measure I, a tax increase for homeowners that would be used to compensate budget deficits in various city departments, specially the Oakland Police. Mayor Jean...
City Council members listen to speakers discussing public safety items. Photo by Megan Molteni

Oakland City Council approves spending plan for proposed parcel tax

Amidst accusations of electioneering, the Oakland City Council approved legislation that would determine how funds from a proposed $80 parcel tax would be spent if Measure I passes next month. The legislation, authored by Councilmember...
Attendees protest against the curfew and gang injunction during the city council meeting. Photo by Monica Cruz-Rosas.

City council defers voting on proposed public safety items at contentious meeting

Dozens of Oakland residents approached the podium at the city council meeting Tuesday night to voice their displeasure with three items on the agenda intended to curb violence in the city –  an anti-loitering law,...
Police Chief Anthony Batts says funds are available to install the new Shotspotter technology.

Shotspotter technology could help Oakland police locate gunshots

City Council’s Public Safety Committee approved a contract renewal during a meeting on Tuesday to install a new version of the sound monitors that would help police pinpoint gunshots in Oakland. With the Shotspotter technology,...
A total of 38 people signed up to talk about problems with the Building Services division at the Oakland City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Oakland City Council reconvenes, hears complaints

One after another, Oakland residents approached the City Council podium Tuesday night to share their horror stories in dealing with the Building Services Department, part of the city’s Community and Economic Development Agency.
Arturo Sanchez of the Oakland City Attorney's Office, right, presents on an ordinance to increase the number of cannabis dispensaries in the city to eight.

Proposal to double medical marijuana dispensaries passes city committee

The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee passed an ordinance by consensus Tuesday evening that will double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, if approved by the city council.