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Condo protesters keep Oakland City Council from meeting

Condo protesters keep Oakland City Council from meeting

SFGate | Rachel Swan | posted: 5/5/2015

Members of the Oakland City Council had to stall a long-anticipated meeting Tuesday when protesters stormed the dais, unfurling a banner with the slogan “The People’s City Council.”

Dozens of protesters gathered outside City Hall as Mayor Libby Schaaf presented her first budget to the council, using bullhorns to denounce a controversial condo proposal on a piece of public land abutting Lake Merritt, which the council was expected to approve during the meeting.

One, Josh Healey, introduced himself as a resident of the East Lake district, which surrounds the site where the tower is proposed.

“This is gentrification on steroids,” he told the crowd, before leading a song about the mayor, to the tune of a ditty by rapper Biggie Smalls.

Schaaf and the city’s budget director were midway through a presentation of the budget when the group marched into the atrium of City Hall, chanting and waving signs.

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