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Incumbent Mayor Jean Quan looks on as Councilmember Libby Schaaf speaks at Youth Uprising before Schaaf had announced her own candidacy. Photo by Becca Andrews.

Schaaf, Oakland’s ‘Girl Scout Barracuda,’ to run for mayor

On a rainy Wednesday, Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaaf rushed into Laurel Elementary School, staving off any signs of exhaustion from the previous night’s late council meeting. There, potential student council members waited to hear...

As reported shootings rise, analyzing gun violence, and its effect on young people, in Oakland

Scid Howard III grew up on the streets of East Oakland, so he knows what it’s like to be a teenager in a city where some young people are lost forever to gun violence and...
Oakland Police Captain Ersie Joyner addresses the dangers associated with the reckless driving congregations known as sideshows at a reception on Monday night.

Police, community commemorate first ‘sideshow-free’ summer

For more than two decades, the automotive attractions nicknamed “sideshows” have been a dangerous and illegal ritual in Oakland, claiming many lives along the way. Often referred to a “block party on wheels,” sideshows are...