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Sheng Thao Sworn in as New Oakland Mayor

Velena Jones, NBC Bay Area

Oakland officially has a new mayor after Sheng Thao was sworn into office Monday.

Through music and cultural dance, Mayor Thao was inaugurated as Oakland 51st mayor. 

The nature of Thao taking the oath of office has become a point of pride for many. 

“This is a monumental moment for the city and quite frankly the country, now Mayor Sheng Thao is now one of the first Hmong elected officials in the country,” said Mia Bonta. 

LGBTQ Agenda: Security Matters In CA Be Tackled By The New Bill

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, Shone Palmer

The reporter of the bay made it clear that the new bill will help to lessen the mounting threats and will make it easier for the candidates, their families, the elected officials, and especially the employees to protect themselves. The East Bay assembly member introduced this bill as it is unfortunate but the need of today, which is clearly an insightful decision. 

LGBTQ Agenda: CA lawmakers introduce bill to help with security issues

Eric Burkett, The Bay Area Reporter


In what might be considered an unfortunate — but illustrative — coincidence of timing, an East Bay Assemblymember has introduced legislation that would make it easier for candidates, elected officials, their families and staff to provide security for themselves in the face of increasing threats.


Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month: California’s Latinos Reflect on Experiences, Accomplishments

McKenzie Jackson | California Black Media

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, California Black Media writer McKenzie Jackson takes a look at the lives and accomplishments of some people of Hispanic heritage in California.

(CBM) – Dayane Mendoza Solis considered throwing her hat in the ring for a trustee seat on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s board in the upcoming November election.

New Online Marketplace, Housing Program Aim To Keep Teachers In Oakland

Keith Burbank, Bay City News - SF Chronicle


More teachers and especially teachers of color may remain in Oakland thanks in part to $6 million from state and private sources, city officials announced Thursday morning.

Five million dollars will go toward continuing the Teachers Rooted in Oakland program. The program reduces the cost of housing for Oakland Unified School District teachers as well as prospective teachers training and earning their credential. TRiO also provides a stipend for both groups.

Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, Oakland Officials, and Community Leaders Hold Press Conference to Announce New Investment Into East Oakland Parks

OAKLAND, California - Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, community, and faith leaders gathered at Arroyo Viejo Park this morning to announce a $2 million investment into East Oakland parks secured by Pro Tem Thao in recent state budget allocations signed by Governor Newsom. This $2 million investment will help revitalize and celebrate parks serving some of Oakland’s most marginalized communities and includes: