Housing

Tim Donaghy, Senior Research Specialist at Greenpeace, sits on the steps of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland

Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives

At a time when the federal government does not support climate action, climate experts say local city efforts can mitigate warming and help the nation. Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives.
City of Oakland staffers and volunteers set up for the latest listening session of the Livable Oakland initiative at the West Oakland Senior Center on Saturday, September 29.

City officials gather community input on issues facing seniors in Oakland

As Oakland takes steps toward becoming an "age-friendly city," District 3 residents shared how issues like high housing costs and access to transportation affect local seniors.
Teachers and students demonstrating for a new contract outside of Oakland International High School.

Oakland teachers protest amidst fraught contract negotiations

As the teachers' union and school district continue contract negotiations, teachers across Oakland demonstrated last week to demand smaller class sizes and a pay raise be included in the new contract.
A Village resident, Tim, walks across the burnt area of the encampment.

After fire, homeless residents of The Village have bigger concerns

Watch how residents of The Village, a homeless encampment in East Oakland, are recovering after a fire displaced 37 people. And see how a fire is the least of residents' worries in the coming months.
District 4

District 4 candidates share views on affordable housing, community projects at forum

A pastor, a construction manager, and a Fulbright scholar—these are a few of the seven candidates running to represent District 4.
Village Fire

Fire destroys part of The Village encampment, as protesters call for safer conditions for the homeless

As the city and local volunteers rush to assist those displaced by an early morning fire at the East Oakland homeless encampment, questions and concerns about safe living spaces still remain.

Artists struggling with cannabis-industry landlords share work, solidarity at FESTAC

Oakland artists gathered at the Festival for Arts and Culture over Labor Day weekend to show the city that despite many economic forces working against them—including corporate cannabis—they are still here.
Members of Congress who belong to the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force are standing at Merritt College in Oakland. From left, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, G. K. Butterfield and Gregory Meeks.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee discusses tech economy in Oakland

On Monday afternoon, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who represents California’s 13thDistrict, which includes Oakland, stood in front of a stage at the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College in Oakland. She was...

Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers a chance to break the...

The Village’s first new tiny house owner moves into her new home

In early April, members of The Village finally moved their first residents into what will serve as their home until next fall. The activist-led group has been working since mid-January to build houses for the...