Residents often look to their neighborhoods’ elected representatives to “clean up the streets.” Here’s how city councilmembers can—and can’t—affect public safety in their districts.
The claim, a precursor to a potential lawsuit, takes aim at OPD’s federal oversight.
The Measure HH advisory board wants 60% of the sugary drink tax to go to community groups, but the mayor and council are using most of the money for city-run programs.
Oakland is making lobbyists pay a $500 registration fee to do business in town, but the Public Ethics Commission wants to cut nonprofits a break.
Mayor Sheng Thao is asking residents to give City Hall feedback on critical issues like affordable housing, public safety, and economic development.
The city is cutting the Department of Violence Prevention’s budget by $4.4 million to help address a historic deficit. We followed a violence interrupter to see what could be lost.
The Police Commission is hosting several community forums and surveying residents about what qualities they want to see in the next OPD leader.
District Attorney Pamela Price defended and explained her public safety philosophy during an emotional town hall that drew hundreds.
In her first overseas trip as mayor, Thao hopes to drum up business for the Port of Oakland.
The commission’s chief investigator says his team is overwhelmed by cases. Blowing deadlines could mean discipline can’t be issued.
The agency will convert its two at-large seats to district elections, redrawing ward boundaries in time for the 2024 election.
The Council President talks budget highlights, protecting Oakland workers, funding violence prevention, and department mergers.
The campaign finance reform initiative will be postponed until 2026 due to budget constraints. Supporters are using the extra time to prepare.
The utility giant is burying thousands of miles of power lines—but not in Oakland.
Current commission chair Tyfahra Milele claims a conspiracy is hanging over Oakland’s police watchdog board.
Oakland’s police chief and chief of violence prevention outlined the city’s strategies for dealing with gun violence.
City Council approved a $13,000 salary increase and proposed changes to the city’s constitution.
The activist turned District 3 rep. feels like 2023 is the year she can finally get stuff done.
A public opinion firestorm erupted over a proposal to give Mayor Sheng Thao a salary bump. We explain what’s going on.
Price was elected on a reform platform last November. Her critics say she’s too lenient.