Oakland Moves to Stuff the Ballot with Important Referendums

Oakland voters might be asked to decidebetween two competing measures toraise the minimum wage. OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Three ballot initiatives were approved by the Oakland City Council Tuesday, one of which will ask voters to renew a controversial $98 annual parcel tax to fund additional public safety programs. Oakland voters will also be asked to … Continue reading Oakland Moves to Stuff the Ballot with Important Referendums

Oakland District 2 Council Candidates Offer Nuanced Positions on Public Safety

Abel GuillenOAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 2 | The way the five current candidates for Oakland’s District 2 City Council seat were talking inside the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church you would think they were there for sanctuary from the violence outside on the streets. But, like every candidate’s forum for any race in Oakland this … Continue reading Oakland District 2 Council Candidates Offer Nuanced Positions on Public Safety

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Mar. 11, 2014

Oakland City Council Committees Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Mar. 11, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTRENT ADJUSTMENT REGS Two weeks ago, renters rights activists lobbied strongly against landlords sharply raising rents following capital improvements to their buildings. Under current regulations, landlords can amortize the cost of the improvement directly benefiting tenants over … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Mar. 11, 2014

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 18, 2014

Oakland City Council Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE]Twitter hashtag: #oakmtg >>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDTHE DAC IS BACK City staff needed more time to determine whether Schneider Electric is eligible under Oakland's Nuclear Weapons Free Zone ordinance to build the second phase of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC). … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Preview, Feb. 18, 2014

Oakland Sets Timetable for Placing Public Safety Parcel Tax on November Ballot

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | If Oaklanders approve a renewal of Measure Y later this year, the parcel tax passed a decade ago to fund public safety, its success will lie in transparency, Councilmember Noel Gallo said Tuesday.The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee, chaired by Gallo, approved an ambitious timetable to present the proposed … Continue reading Oakland Sets Timetable for Placing Public Safety Parcel Tax on November Ballot

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Feb. 11, 2014

Oakland City Council Committee Preview1 Frank Ogawa PlazaTuesday, Feb. 11, begins at 9:30 a.m.Hashtag: #oakmtg>>> PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE – 6 p.m.TIMELINE FOR TAX MEASURE Oakland's Measure Y, the parcel tax approved in 2004 to fund additional officers and other public safety programs, is up for renewal. The Public Safety Committee will recommend Tuesday a timeline … Continue reading The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Feb. 11, 2014