Mayor Libby Schaaf

02 Feb 2021

The Oakland Homicide Rate is Not All That Sudden or Unique

Oakland is experiencing an alarming spike in violent crimes. The city recorded 15 homicides in the first month of 2021, a stark contrast from the one murder in all of January 2020. Tuesday, the Oakland Police Department released ShotSpotter for the last week of January, reflecting a 137 percent increase

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22 Jul 2020

Schaaf Disappoints ‘Defund’ Advocates in Tie-Breaking Vote Against OPD Budget Cuts

The world turned its attention to Oakland when Oscar Grant was murdered by a BART police officer in 2009. The Black Lives Matter movement would not formally organize for another four years, but Grant’s death sparked a national dialogue and amplified calls for police reform. In that way, Oakland is

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07 Oct 2021

BAS is Looking for a Couple New Writer/Editors

Since 2007 BrokeAssStuart.com has been dedicated to bringing you the most important news, arts, culture, nightlife, and progressive activism in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our goal is to amplify voices that may not always get heard and stick up for working people when no one else will…and

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09 Mar 2020

Ask Mayors Breed and Schaaf to Stop Evictions During Coronavirus

Coronavirus is to wreaking havoc on our personal lives, and many people are being asked to work from home. But hourly workers, low-wage workers, musicians, performers, and those who work for tips – like bartenders and servers – don’t have that option. Their livelihoods are getting destroyed by the fallout

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12 Feb 2020

The Expanded Moms 4 Housing Bill Could Change the Whole Game

A movement that started with two mothers making a stand for their rights to be housed in an increasingly untenable market is growing into something with potential to positively impact countless Oakland residents.  In a press release issued Tuesday, the group announced that a bill drafted in their name, the

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11 Sep 2019

Oakland Councilmember Wants to Rid Police Commission of Political Influence

Voters decided less than four years ago to establish an independent Oakland Police Commission as an extra level of oversight on the police department, which would have had some teeth if allowed to do the job they were sent in to do. With the overwhelming passage of Measure LL, the

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12 Jun 2019

Oakland Budget Fight Is Not about Money, It’s about ‘Values’

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and team penned out how she thinks Oakland’s financial resources should be budgeted but City Council President Rebecca Kaplan and supporters have different ideas about where the city should, and shouldn’t, spend its cash. As the month-end deadline nears for the city to approve a 2019-2021

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16 Jan 2019

Kaiser Helps Oakland “Thrive” With Affordable Housing

According to their marketing team, Kaiser Permanente is all about the thriving, but the healthcare giant realizes it can be difficult if not impossible to “thrive” when you don’t have a roof over your head. They announced in May that they would be putting some serious money where their mouth

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12 Dec 2018

The Oakland Village Encampment Eviction was a Disgrace

The people at Oakland’s Housing and Dignity Village were treated with anything but dignity when the city of Oakland gave them the boot Thursday. The “homeless” encampment at Edes Avenue and South Elmhurst Avenue was a safe and sober tiny-house community to at least 13 women and children, but it also acted

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