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East Oakland Report: A Major District 7 City Council Race And A Proposed Homeless Policy

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In Deep East Oakland, a big city council race is happening. And, the current city council is set to vote on a policy that could change the visibility of homelessness in Oakland.

It's such an interesting district too because you have working class residents in the flatlands, middle and upper class residents in the Oakland Hills.

The District 7 City Council seat is open because Councilman Larry Reid is retiring after serving for 24 years. And on Tuesday, Oct 20, the Oakland City Council will vote on the Encampment Management Policy. The policy could remove homeless encampments from many parts of Oakland. But homeless advocates are rallying against it.

Registered Voters:

  • Voting centers will be set up at Merritt College and the Oakland Coliseum.

East Oakland Ballot Drop-off Locations:

  • Rainbow Recreation Center at 5800 International Blvd
  • Eastmont Town Center at 7200 Bancroft Ave
  • Root Community Health Center at 9925 International Blvd 

Visit the Official Election Site Alameda County website for more info on mail drop boxes. 

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.