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Oakland mayoral candidates grid.

Early candidates for Oakland’s fall mayoral race outline platforms

Oakland elections occupy a complex political landscape, and the upcoming 2014 mayoral contest is no exception.

You Tell Us: Cellphone ‘kill switches’ will cut robberies

About three-fourths of robberies in Oakland involve theft of smartphones. Now a bill passed by the State Senate will require "kill switches" to inactive the phones, thereby removing the incentive to steal them, writes District...
Mayor Jean Quan administers the oath to new Oakland chief of police Sean Whent

Sean Whent named as permanent Oakland Police Chief

After serving for a year as interim police chief, Sean Whent, an 18-year veteran of the force, was named permanent chief of Oakland Police Department by Mayor Jean Quan at Oakland City Hall Wednesday. “As...
Oakland Board of Education approved Antwan Wilson as new superintendent at La Escuelita Education Center on April 30

Board of Education names Antwan Wilson superintendent

Antwan Wilson was unanimously approved as the Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District by Oakland Board of Education, succeeding acting superintendent Gary Yee. Wilson previously served as Denver’s Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education where...
Allendale Recreation Center hosted their first Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 26.

Oaklanders clean up on city’s 20th Annual Earth Day

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to clear trash, weed, plant, and restore creek beds at Oakland's 20th Annual Earth Day event on Saturday. They joined more than a billion people worldwide in what environmentalists call...
Eric Maundu, an electrical engineer grow fresh foods sustainable in urban cities using smart aquaponic systems.  He teaches at American Steel Studio in West Oakland.

Eric Maundu greens up Oakland at Kijani Grows

Out of a small section of warehouse space in West Oakland, Eric Maundu is growing a big dream. He wants to make it possible for almost anyone to grow food in an economical, energy efficient...
(From left to right) Rep. Barbara Lee, current students survivors of sexual assault at UC Berkeley, and Rep. Jackie Speier gathered at North Gate Hall Tuesday.

Congresswomen stand by sexual assault survivors

Two U.S. Congresswomen stood shoulder-to-shoulder with sexual assault survivors on the U.C. Berkeley campus on Tuesday to call for federal legislation that would toughen laws on sexual harassment and violence on college campuses.
Adisa Banjoko

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through...
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Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Peer mediators serve as "Mr. Kyle" McClerkins’ eyes and ears around school. They listen to fellow students, help them take responsibility for their actions and decide on appropriate consequences. McClerkins’ peer mediator program is part...
Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Workers at the wholesale produce market

Oakland’s century-old midnight market in images

When Oakland's century-old wholesale produce market opens around 1:00 a.m. near Jack London Square, a world of family fruit and vegetable sellers comes alive to supply cafes and taco trucks with ingredients for the day's...