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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.
Advisory still in place due to Lake Merritt algae bloom
New information and theories are starting to roll in about why the lake turned red.
East Oakland artists halt plan to redevelop their live-work building
Fearing displacement, tenants convinced the Planning Commission to deny a renovation proposal.
When can Oakland close a homeless camp? Big changes underway
The city has settled a lawsuit filed in 2018 by members of The Village homeless community after a sweep.
Why does Lake Merritt look red? It could be toxic algae
The city of Oakland is advising residents to avoid contact with the water.
Caltrans can’t close Wood Street encampment without shelter plan, judge orders
A federal judge maintained a temporary restraining order pausing closure plans, but said residents will need to leave eventually.
‘I don’t feel homeless here’: 2 Oakland tiny home communities face evictions
At a county auction, the same buyer purchased three abandoned lots. But it turned out two had long-standing residents.
Most of Wood Street homeless camp to be closed following massive fire
The Caltrans announcement has residents scrambling to find alternative living arrangements. Others have vowed to stay and resist the closure.
Oakland’s new homelessness official wants a challenge
We asked Daniel Cooper about his first impressions of Oakland and his public-health approach to a tough job.
West Oakland fire spews smoke over the East Bay
Residents of the Wood Street homeless camp evacuated Monday morning after a large fire engulfed vehicles and a small bridge.
Eviction protections and housing bond: City Council will vote on proposed ballot measures
The $850 million housing infrastructure bond and the expansion of the “just cause” eviction policy could go on the November ballot.
Where to stay cool and safe on hot, smoky days in Oakland
The city opens cooling centers and clean air sites when certain conditions are met.
Lake Merritt land with controversial past could become 100% affordable housing
The Oakland City Council is pursuing two low-income apartment buildings after dropping plans for a market-rate tower.
Oakland to close Lake Merritt roads for Juneteenth, Fourth of July
Closures will include Lakeshore, El Embarcadero, and Grizzly Peak in the hills, to reduce fire hazards and improve safety.
Oakland will create its first-ever rental housing registry
Also: social housing on the ballot, homeless shelters, and more from the City Council meeting.
‘A community studio for news and art’: The Oakland Lowdown opens downtown
An information-packed zine is the first output from the participatory journalism project.
Landlords can’t raise rents above 3%, Oakland City Council says
The controversial policy from Carroll Fife applies to all rent-controlled buildings.
Lake Merritt BART project: Senior housing coming to site of past displacement
BART tore down houses to build the Oakland Chinatown station in the 1960s. Some say it has a chance to help heal old wounds.
Your apartment could go in a registry of Oakland’s rental housing
Tenants say the database would increase transparency and help people follow the law. Landlords fear a privacy violation.
Oakland’s top homelessness officials are leaving the city
Three of the city’s primary homelessness policy staffers have left this spring.