Politics

Tony Thurmond, candidate for State Superintendent for Public Instruction, arrives at his election watch party at Impact Hub, greeted by some children who had been standing by the door. Photo by Mickey Capper.

Oakland activists celebrate tepidly, as midterm results yield positive, mixed outcome for progressives

After this midterm election, California remains a Democratic stronghold, but some are upset that the state didn't go far enough to live up to its professed progressive values. Here are reactions from local liberal activists.

As Election Night 2018 ends, most Oakland races still uncalled

By late Tuesday night, many of Oakland’s biggest ticket races remained uncalled, with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ having counted less than a fifth of all ballots.

As early returns trickle in, Oakland voters and candidates wait

In a packed home in the Grand Lake neighborhood, supporters of Mayor Libby Schaaf and her campaign’s volunteers nibbled on quesadillas and checked back and forth between CNN and the front door to see when...

Measure W proposes a tax on vacant properties in Oakland

Funds raised by the tax would go toward solutions for Oakland’s increasing homelessness epidemic, and a quarter would be earmarked for addressing blight and illegal dumping.
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.

Tens of millions of dollars pour into Prop 8 which seeks to limit dialysis center profits

Billion-dollar dialysis companies and a labor union are spending tens of millions of dollars to sway Proposition 8 votes their way on Election Day. Health experts say the proposition is unlikely to improve care for...

Oakland council approves increase in shelter beds while displacing homeless encampment

Over a year after Oakland declared a state of emergency on homelessness, during a sparsely-attended city council meeting on Tuesday night, councilmembers passed two resolutions intended to help those living on the streets.