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Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
Karen Kennedy (left) moderates panelists, Dr. James Lance Taylor (center) and Dr. Candice Harrison (right) on October 8, 2014 at Impact Hub. Photo courtesy of Diallo M. Jeffery

After Ferguson shooting, groups OPEN and 100 Black Men host discussion on policing and race

OPEN Conversation and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, hosted an event last Wednesday evening to facilitate a discussion about the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager. 100 Black Men...
Police officers exit after the Blue Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on October 9, 2014.

Oakland police, firefighters honored at Blue Mass

Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical officers, and law enforcement personnel of all types are honored at a Blue Mass, during which community members and faith leaders can offer thanks to the people responsible for public...
Sophie Elkin reads her poetry at the Oakland Public Library. Photo by Chloe Shi.

Oakland’s unconventional third Youth Poet Laureate finds her voice

17-year-old Sophie Elkin, named Oakland's 3rd Youth Poet Laureate in August, writes about what she knows: the grit and grandeur of Oakland’s people and places and the less tangible but no less real world of...
An endorsement for Joe Tuman on Michaan's theatre marquee, which looms over a prominent corner at the Lake Merritt end of Grand Avenue, and is often used by Michaan as a protest signboard. In this case, it hits directly at Tuman's rivals.

Mayoral candidate Tuman: cut Oakland’s parking ticket fines and meter hours

Mayoral candidate Joe Tuman joined local business owners and residents to voice support for reducing parking meter costs and parking fines in Oakland.
Shoo The Flu germ mascots waiting for AC Transit

Alameda County works to “Shoo the Flu”

To help combat the spread of the flu, in October, the Alameda County Public Health Department will launch their Shoo the Flu campaign and offer free vaccinations to children in 110 public schools throughout Oakland.
Posters advertise the Drug Take Back event, which was held at the Alameda County Family Justice Center on Sept. 27.
Photo by Nicole A. West

Oaklanders surrender heaps of drugs to feds in Drug Take-Back Day

The sidewalk at Telegraph and 27th Avenue was lined with signs reading, “Got Drugs?” and, “¿Tiene drogas?” The bilingual placards marked the site of the nation’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where the U.S....