Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her annual State of the City Address on Friday at City Hall. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Schaaf talks Oakland ‘moon shot’ at State of City

Schaaf opened her State of the City speech with a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moon shot” speech at Rice University in 1962, during which he promised Americans that the United States would...
Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief David Downing awarded the graduation certificate to a graduate of Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy. Photo by Tian Chenwei

30 Oakland residents graduate from OPD’s Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy

Thirty Cantonese-speaking Oakland residents graduated from a five-week Oakland Police Department (OPD) Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy on Tuesday evening, when they received their certificate from OPD Assistant Chief David Downing.
Attorney Michael Rains speaks at a press conference about Bay Area officers contact with Celeste Guap. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Police officers’ attorney claims Guap instigated contact with police officers

On Tuesday, attorney Michael Rains claimed at a press conference that the woman known as “Celeste Guap” instigated contact with Bay Area officers. She’s the teen at the center of a scandal that has Oakland...
Taylor Brown riding with group of friends on Telegraph Ave, Berkeley to honor the memory of Terrence McCrary  to Moorpark in Oakland, CA. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland residents hold memorial bike ride for Terrence McCrary Jr.

It was just after 6 o’clock on Saturday outside of Bows and Arrows in Berkeley when people started pulling up with bikes. First one, then two, then three—then over a dozen. They were there for...
An Huynh and Susan Nguyen, 16, inspect the Chinese Garden Park in Oakland to survey for existing problems as part of Love Your Parks Day community innitiation on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The survey ratings are charted and comments are evaluated for an end of the year report given to the Oakland City Council and a powerpoint is presented to the Public Works Committee. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Volunteers survey Oakland’s parks, amidst ongoing challenges

On Saturday, volunteers and park stewards gathered for the 11th annual Love Your Parks Day, conducting a survey to inspect the conditions of more than 110 Oakland parks.
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Ricardo Perez, left, enters a not guilty plea at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

One officer in Guap investigation pleads not guilty as lawyers file additional claims

Moments after an officer pleaded not guilty to having sex with their client, attorneys for the woman identified as “Celeste Guap” in press reports announced they are seeking damages from four cities and two counties...
OUSD board members listen to speakers at this week's meeting. L-R: Vice President Nina Senn, President James Harris, Superintendent Antwan Wilson, and Student Director Darius Aikens. Photo by Cassady Rosenblum.

OUSD board addresses student protests, safety issues

Student safety and the role of the Oakland School Police Department were at the forefront of Wednesday’s Oakland Unified School Board meeting, as board members, parents and OSPD Chief Jeff Godown spoke emotionally of recent...
Ella Baker Center Co-Founders Van Jones and Diana Frappier announce the inaugural Founders Award.

Community members celebrate The Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary

Last Thursday residents gathered to celebrate the Ella Baker Center's 20th Anniversary, present awards and discuss future plans to continue rebuilding communities of color in Oakland.
Pamela Price and Charles Bonner, attorneys for Celeste Guap, hold a press conference in front of Oakland City Hall, Sept. 15, 2016 (Photo by Andrew Beale)

Key witness in police scandal returns to Bay Area, ready to sue, her lawyers say

The teenager at the center of a sexual exploitation scandal involving multiple police departments has returned to the Bay Area, according to her attorneys. At a press conference Thursday morning, civil rights attorneys Charles Bonner...
Seven officers will be charged with crimes relating to the Celeste Guap case—as soon as Guap gets out of Florida jail. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Key witness against OPD officers may be released soon, allowing DA to file charges

The Alameda County District Attorney can proceed with charges against seven Bay Area officers involved in the “Celeste Guap” case as soon as Guap is released from a Florida jail—something a Florida prosecutor said “could...