Grand jury: Oakland’s misuse of closed session with developers looks like backroom dealing

A rendering of the 24-story luxury buildingthat was initially proposed fot the sale ofOakland-owned land in 2015.ALAMEDA COUNTY GRAND JURYOakland’s proposed sale two years ago of a sliver of city-owned property near Lake Merritt, known as the East 12th Street Remainder parcel, rankled community activists for its brazen lack of transparency and resulted on one … Continue reading Grand jury: Oakland’s misuse of closed session with developers looks like backroom dealing

YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

YEAR-IN-REV15W | This may not have been the most eventful year in East Bay politics, but aside from some ill-mannered moments, 2015 was totally positive. Activists fighting for social justice and fair housing registered major victories. On several occasions, a few of the year's biggest news stories appear destined to act as opening acts for … Continue reading YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

Oakland's East 12th Street remainder parcelis back on the market. City Council now agrees the sale was illegalOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Chalk another one for Oakland’s populist movement. The controversial East 12th Street remainder sale approved by the Oakland City Council last month “quietly” passed into the darkness this week.In closed session Tuesday, the City Council … Continue reading Psst! Oakland has a nice chunk of land available again near Lake Merritt

AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council still feeling effects of May 4 shutdown

The Oakland City Council agenda is still feelingthe effects of the May 4 shutdown by protesters.PHOTO/Jaime Omar YassinOakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, third floorTuesday, May 5, 2015, 5 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtgTHIS & THAT $8 million in New Market Tax Credits are coming to the developer behind the Foothill and Seminary Project … Continue reading AGENDA NOTES: Oakland City Council still feeling effects of May 4 shutdown

Oakland City Council looks at ways to avoid another disruption by protesters; No new date for disputed parcel sale

Although he stayed for the entire protest May 5,Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo wants thecouncil to be prepared for future disruptions.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Following the early adjournment of the Oakland City Council meeting last Tuesday that was prompted by protesters opposing the sale of public land to a developer seeking to build luxury condos in … Continue reading Oakland City Council looks at ways to avoid another disruption by protesters; No new date for disputed parcel sale

Oakland’s young City Council, once full of promise, reverts to its old ways

Activists shut down the Oakland City Councilmeeting Tuesday night before the likely approvalof the East 12th Street parcel sale.PHOTO/Jaime Omar YassinOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | When the band of black activists unfurled their banner of protest at Tuesday night’s Oakland City Council meeting and forced it to early adjournment, it meant more than another high-profile and … Continue reading Oakland’s young City Council, once full of promise, reverts to its old ways