Tag Archives: West Oakland

Rayetta Simon stood in front of her home--city's first temporarily sanctioned encampment in West Oakland.

City of Oakland approaches deadline to find housing for homeless living in encampment

Oakland’s six-month program to provide fundamental public services and housing resources at its first sanctioned homeless encampment is two-thirds complete. Yet with less than two months to go, the city is still left with lots...
Kamani Holmes walks through his old neighborhood in "Ghost Town" West Oakland. Photo by Rachel Loyd

Critics say a predictive policing system could amplify racial bias in Oakland

Twenty-two-year-old Kamani Holmes has dark skin, stands about six feet tall, and wears a full beard across his face. A Black Power fist adorns the center of his grey hooded sweater with the words “Movement...
Jason Witt, a recycling heavyweight, is one of the three people whose lives the film crew followed for over seven years. Photo by Amir Soltani/Film still from Dogtown Redemption

“Dogtown Redemption” documentary shines spotlight on local recyclers

“Dogtown Redemption,” a documentary film shot over seven years in West Oakland, follows the lives of three local shopping cart recyclers.
OUSD board directors discuss budget priorities, approve KIPP Bridge Charter School expansion at Wednesday night's meeting.

OUSD Board of Education approves expansion of KIPP Bridge Charter School

Few members of the public attended the beginning of Wednesday night’s meeting for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education. In a relatively empty room, the board heard a presentation from schools police...
Follow the coal route's journey from the mines of Utah, to Oakland and across the Pacific, here.

Controversy continues as Oakland city council considers joining coal route

Now, a controversial development deal could mean that up to 9.5 to 10.5 millions tons of Utah’s coal will be hauled to Oakland’s port, where it would be shipped westward to countries across the Pacific.
Photo courtesy of Fatima Nasiyr.

Black farmers gather in Oakland to discuss gentrification and the future of their community

Black farmers gather in Oakland to discuss food deserts, the future, and the history of their community.
Guillermo Ortiz leads mourners in a traditional Aztec ceremony.

Community mourns loss of Oakland artist, shot dead while painting a peace mural

Around 200 people gathered at a vigil Wednesday morning to honor the life of Antonio Ramos. Ramos, a West Oakland-based artist employed by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), was shot and killed Tuesday while...
Fresh Fruit by Eric Vasquez is licensed under Creative Commons

Plans to build grocery store in West Oakland delayed by rising cost of property

Brahm Ahmadi of West Oakland has been trying for years to open the People’s Community Market—his planned 10,000 to 20,000 square-foot grocery store—in the middle of an Oakland food desert. The People’s Community Market, as...
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...