The case could be the first foreclosure eviction in Alameda County during the pandemic.
Author Archives: Natalie Orenstein
Natalie Orenstein covers housing and homelessness for The Oaklandside. She was previously on staff at Berkeleyside, where her extensive reporting on the legacy of school desegregation received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists NorCal and the Education Writers Association. Natalie’s reporting has also appeared in The J Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere, and she’s written about public policy for a number of research institutes and think tanks. Natalie lives in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, and has only left her beloved East Bay once, to attend Pomona College.
Spending by independent groups soars in Oakland City Council, school board elections
Wealthy individuals, business groups, and unions have poured over $2 million into local races to influence voters.
Measure S1: Should Oakland have a stronger Police Commission?
This local ballot initiative would fund a new staff position for the commission, among other changes. Our video explainer provides the details.
Oakland has a new homeless camp policy, despite protests
Late Tuesday evening, the City Council approved new rules on where and when unhoused people can set up encampments in the city.
A controversial homelessness policy comes to the Oakland City Council on Tuesday. Here’s how to watch
Tune into what’s likely to be an intense discussion on where and when homeless encampments are allowed in Oakland.
Can you get evicted in Oakland? (And more updated answers about local moratoriums)
Still confused about the rules around evictions in Oakland and Alameda County? You’re not alone.
Campaign finance becomes a campaign issue in North Oakland
Steph Walton has criticized some of Dan Kalb’s contributors, an independent expenditure committee is supporting Walton, and Tri Ngo is refusing large contributions altogether.
Caltrans closes another camp, as homeless Oaklanders file hundreds of claims against the state agency
The California Department of Transportation shut down an Oakland camp for the first time during the pandemic. Meanwhile, it may have to pay more than $1 million to homeless people in the coming months.
When can the city close a homeless camp? Oakland considers new rules
The City Council will review a proposed policy that splits the city into zones where people can and can’t sleep.
State gives Oakland $20 million for homeless housing
Coronavirus relief funds will help convert a former college dorm in Rockridge and 20 single-family homes into 163 units of permanent affordable housing.
Wildfires, homeless camps, police: Where Oakland’s District 1 candidates stand
We interviewed Dan Kalb, Steph Dominguez Walton, and Tri Ngo about their ideas to solve North Oakland’s biggest problems.
Oakland ‘respite centers’ provided clean air, but only after weeks of smoky skies
Hardly anyone came to Oakland’s emergency centers over the past weekend. Did the city act fast enough to set them up and spread the word?
Le quedan 2 semanas para completar el censo de 2020. He aquí cómo llenar el formulario y por qué es importante
“Cuando el censo no cuenta a toda la comunidad, obtenemos menos recursos.”
You have 2 weeks left to fill out the 2020 Census. Here’s how, and why it matters
“When the census is undercounting Black people and East Oakland people, we get less resources.”
District 3 council candidates differ on housing, police, and the meaning of ‘progressive’
The Oaklandside interviewed four people running to represent West Oakland and downtown. Here’s where they stand.
‘Every house has changed hands’: North Oakland residents talk gentrification, development, and safety
We asked District 1 voters what they’d like to see improved in their neighborhoods as the November 3 election nears.
Oakland wants to buy more than 20 buildings for homeless and COVID-19 housing
The city has asked the state for $37 million to buy two hotels, a dorm, and a bunch of houses, significantly expanding homeless and at-risk housing options.
Affordable housing, pollution, and baseball: Oakland District 3 voters sound off on the issues
We asked people who live and work in West Oakland, downtown, and Jack London about the biggest problems and opportunities in their neighborhoods.
Oakland City Council candidates discuss issues in their districts, virtually
The Coliseum, housing, police budgets: in an online forum last night, incumbents defended their records and challengers laid out visions for change.
County deal to buy old Lake Merritt Lodge for COVID-19 shelter collapses
The historic six-story Oakland building would have housed dozens of homeless people during and after the pandemic.