Tag Archives: Rebecca Kaplan

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.
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.
The panel featured experts on the topic of homelessness including a data analyst, a pastor, start-up founders, activists and members of different grassroots groups. Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan (center) said she was “thrilled” to have “such amazing panelists.”

Oakland politicians, community members discuss solutions to growing homelessness crisis

Oakland Councilmember-at-large Rebecca Kaplan hosted a community meeting on homeless solutions Monday to address what she believes is the city’s number one concern: the number of unhoused people living on Oakland’s streets.
Construction begins at The Village

A village for the homeless

The City of Oakland approved a new experimental short-term housing solution, called The Village. After a year of negotiations, they've been granted land by the city, and are building houses for the homeless.

City council unanimously passes ordinance declaring a shelter crisis in Oakland

During the City Council meeting, the council members discussed Oakland’s shelter crisis, the federal legislation of California firearms laws and the state of the city address.
A homeless man walks towards a tent in a encampment behind the Chinese Garden Park in Oakland on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Oakland and Alameda County officials try to jump-start solutions to homelessness

A new city-county collaboration has been put forward by Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, along with Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, in an effort to grapple with the East Bay’s increasing homelessness crisis.
"In order to keep my kids in school, I need a house,” said Micah Allison, who co-founded the Ghost Ship art collective with her husband Derick Ion Almena, before the Oakland City Council at a special meeting Monday night on tenants’ issues. Photo by Abner Hauge

City council expands relocation payments in wake of Ghost Ship fire

Over 60 community members including artists and performers affected by the December 2, 2016 Ghost Ship fire gathered at Oakland City Hall Monday night for a special meeting of the city council to discuss tenant...

Incumbents sweep Oakland City Council and school board elections

Sitting Oakland city council and school board members won’t have to get out of their chairs; incumbents swept the seven combined seats up for re-election Tuesday. Still, many candidates say their victors were soured by the...

Bus stop on Broadway and 30th Street to return, location still unclear

In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Oakland Public Works Committee concluded the southbound bus stop on Broadway and 30th Street, which was removed last year, would be reinstated, but it is still unclear if it...
Fast food workers, union representatives and their allies converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza yesterday afternoon to call for a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Photo by Teresa Cotsirilos.

Oakland workers continue the “Fight for $15”

Hundreds of fast food and other low-wage workers gathered outside Oakland City Hall Tuesday evening demanding a higher minimum wage of $15 per hour. The demonstrations were part of a wider national campaign, Fight For...

Lack of benefits and work continuity weighs heavily on temporary part-time city workers

For the last three years, Connor Crabb has been working as a recreation leader at Studio One, a city-run center in Oakland that offers afterschool and summer art classes to children. The 24-year-old Oakland native...
Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf, right, is shown with husband, Salvatore Fahey, son, Dominic, 9, and daughter, Lena, 7, after casting her ballot at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office, Nov. 4, 2014. Photo by Deana Mitchell.

Libby Schaaf declares victory, minimum wage hike and parcel taxes pass

As results from Tuesday's election continue to come in, mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf claims an early lead in first choice voting. Additionally, Measures N, Z, BB and FF all receive the necessary votes to pass.
The registrar of voters office deals with the elections for Alameda County. Photo by Gabriela Arvizu.

Mayoral candidates prep for the return of ranked choice voting

Ranked choice voting, also known as instant run off voting, changed the face of the 2010 Oakland mayoral election. As 2014 elections approach, many of this year's mayoral candidates are approaching their campaigns with the...