Public Policy

Ceremony attendees and passersby watch lanterns float along Lake Merritt near sunset.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts the inaugural Peace Lantern Ceremony

Members of the organization set floating lanterns on Lake Merrit in hope of fostering peace through art.
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.
De León ends his speech, joined by members of Oakland's Latino Task Force.

Kevin de León and Oakland’s Latino Task Force hold campaign rally at Peralta Hacienda park

Kevin de León and members of Oakland's Latino Task Force (LTF) held a campaign rally at Peralta Hacienda park in Fruitvale on September 22.
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West Oakland slated to benefit from plan to reduce air pollution

Ten communities from around the state are being selected for the deployment of air monitoring systems and community emissions reduction programs.
Public bank finance committee meeting September 11, 2018

Contention over new feasibility study leaves prospects for a government-owned bank uncertain

Since 2016, Oakland officials have been exploring the feasibility of creating a government-owned bank. But for the project to move forward, city council will have to take action.

Incarcerated people, parolees can’t vote in California, but people are trying to change that

Californians who are incarcerated in state prison or on state parole are prohibited from voting—which affects 162,000 people across the state. Taina Vargas-Edmond is seeking to change that with a grassroots initiative to put the...

Nurses union, Oakland City Council push for single payer health bill

Most healthcare bills have a hefty price tag attached, but Senate Bill 562 may have one larger than some Californians are willing to take on—an estimated $400 billion a year, according to an analysis from...
Oakland’s Public Works Department maintains over 900 miles of sewage infrastructure. Most of the parts are 50 years old, but some were built over a century ago.

EPA fines Oakland and municipal utility district for sewage discharge violations

Last week, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and five East Bay communities were fined $389,300 in penalties for violating the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 Clean Water Act settlement. Oakland was penalized the most...
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...

In the Temescal, businesses push for a Telegraph Avenue pothole fix

A particular stretch of road is causing controversy in North Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. Five blocks, from 45th to 51st Street, are facing scrutiny due to a recent campaign by the Temescal Business Improvement District to...