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Jonah Strauss, a lead organizer with the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, speaks during public comments. "We're here to talk about keeping people in their homes," he said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Oakland City Council reviews post-Ghost Ship fire recommendations, community-written proposal receives little debate

On Tuesday night, the council heard reports by working groups created by Mayor Libby Schaff’s Executive Order 2017-1 on January 11, calling for improving building and fire safety in non-permitted spaces while avoiding displacing their...
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
Maysoun Wazwaz takes a presidential oath to "faithfully execute her role as Boss Lady of the United States" in front of "judge" and artist Jeremiah Barber at the Royal Nonesuch Gallery at the Inauguration Ball on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Photo courtesy of 100 days Action-Victoria Heilweil)

100 Days Action: Oakland artists respond to Trump’s presidency

In Oakland, a collective of 15 artists, who were previously complete strangers to one another, are expressing their reaction to the new Trump presidency through a different kind of protest, an art project they are...
Carmen Garcia, Sara Hinkley, Zahra Billoo and Faisal Yazadi (pictured clockwise from top left) discuss post-election hatred in the Bay Area.

Bay Area not immune from post-election attacks on immigrants, Muslims

A truck driver in Millbrae chased a Hispanic woman down the street screaming slurs. A university researcher living in Albany, California, was confronted with swastikas on her way to work at UC Berkeley. A mosque...
Attorney Michael Rains enters Alameda County Courthouse. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

John Burris and Michael Rains: Justice is in the eyes of the beholder

Two of the Bay Area's top lawyers often find themselves on opposite sides of high profile police misconduct cases. One is a plaintiff lawyer who often sues police departments, another defends officers in and out...
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Formerly incarcerated rebound into job market

For Carmen Garcia, the end of a prison sentence was the beginning of a new set of problems. “The biggest obstacle for me was continuing to stay in school, because the halfway house wanted me...
Sandra Johnson, an Oakland resident, needs a job to sustain herself, but faces obstacles with a conviction on her record.

Sandra Johnson needs a job: Finding work after incarceration

Sandra Johnson needs a job, desperately. The formerly incarcerated 59-year-old Oakland woman is now a City College of San Francisco student, but needs to find work as well. In June, the Alameda County Board of...
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An RV, needles, Narcan: Street-level services in an opioid epidemic

O’Neil is using the training device that comes with each set of Evizo auto-injectors, which deliver a potentially life-saving dose of naloxone, a drug that counteracts the effects of opioid drugs. This includes both prescription...
Joshua Gause, security guard of 1544 Events, guards the door during the "Hope Art" project on Sunday, November 11, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business owners take damage done during anti-Trump protests in stride

On election night, protesters gathered in downtown Oakland after midnight yelling angry things like “Not my president!” and “Fuck Trump!” in the quiet streets. Others took it a step further and lashed out against nearby...
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to an audience about stopping a ban on menthol cigarettes at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s talk on banning menthols draws debate over policing, tobacco companies

Following a talk by Reverend Al Sharpton on banning menthols, a debate on policing and tobacco companies raises questions.
A peaceful protest gathers outside of city hall in downtown Oakland. Photo by Mary Newman.

On Friday, a small, peaceful crowd gathers to continue protesting Trump

On Friday evening, around 200 protesters gathered at Broadway and 14th Street near Frank Ogawa Plaza for a passionate but peaceful demonstration. Fewer people gathered than on previous nights–which drew crowds of between 2,000 and...
OPD officers arrest a protester in downtown Oakland. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Oakland protests Trump victory: The night in photos

For the second night in a row, on Wednesday protesters took to Oakland's streets to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. What started as a series of...
Supporters of Prop 64 gathered outside the Patient ID Center on Broadway in Downtown Oakland urging all in the street to legalize cannabis. From left to right, Lauren Vazquez, Chris Conway, Danielle Negrin and Nikki Romero. Photo by Nate Shiedlower.

In Oakland, supporters cheer on pro-pot Proposition 64

Proposition 64 supporters were celebrating on a high even before polls closed Tuesday night in Oakland, where a slow-growing crowd was dancing in the streets and cheering in anticipation that voters were about to legalize...