Zack Haber is a poet and journalist who lives in West Oakland.
San Francisco-based company, GameChanger LLC, and seven unhoused residents ended a year-long land use dispute on Monday when residents agreed to leave a 1.5 acre tract of company-owned land just west of Wood Street in West Oakland in exchange for accepting material or monetary concessions.
Here are two things we know and one thing we don’t know that could be noteworthy to voters, especially those concerned with policing, potential conflicts of interest, and tenant issues.
Activist and former Berkeley mayoral candidate Mike Lee died at age 64 of complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in mid August. Housing activists and many people experiencing homelessness across Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco reported sadness at his loss and admiration for him in the wake of the news.
While establishing a fire lane and cleaning a portion of a Home Depot parking lot where around 50 unhoused residents live, on Oct. 22 and 23 Oakland’s Department of Public Works (DPW) destroyed over a dozen self-made wooden homes and left those displaced with no alternative housing options.