Archive for December 2012

Oakland North’s biggest news stories of 2012

2012 was a year of big changes for Oakland, as the city dealt with its struggling finances, a possible federal takeover of its police department, multiple petitions to recall the mayor and the closure of...

The architecture of Oakland: Howden and Sons building

Many of the reporters at Oakland North are new to the Bay Area, and one of the first things we noticed while touring the city was its beautiful and sometimes unusual architecture. On the reporting...

OPD, mayor bring in Los Angeles’ former top cop, announce new policing strategies, to battle crime

Police Chief Howard Jordan announced Thursday afternoon that Oakland is hiring police consultant William Bratton, a former Los Angeles police chief who also served as police commissioner in both New York and Boston, to combat...
Mike Schulman has run Slumberland Records for more than 20 years.

Oakland’s independent Slumberland Records label fuses pop and noise

Since 1989, Mike Schulman has run Slumberland Records. His label specializes in fusing pop, like 60s girl groups and The Byrds, with "horrible noise." The label was founded in Washington, D.C., but Schulman brought it...

At Linden Street, West Oakland Brewery brings back Californian brewing tradition

The Linden Street Brewery is small and unpretentious, but its owners are proud of their brewing tradition, which goes back to the early 1800’s, when settlers from Germany first made Oakland their home. The West...

The architecture of Oakland: Mutual Stores/Safeway Headquarters

Many of the reporters at Oakland North are new to the Bay Area, and one of the first things we noticed while touring the city was its beautiful and sometimes unusual architecture. On the reporting...

Winter holidays: Oakland North’s favorite stories from the most wonderful time of the year

Happy holidays, Oakland! Here are some of our favorite winter holiday stories from the last few years, on everything from how the city installs its giant Christmas tree to how to make gingerbread cookies to...

Tracking the federal stimulus money: Where did Oakland’s $2 billion go?

Among the answers: an airport tower, police officer salaries, and a lot of repaved roads. This end-of-year roundup by reporter Aaron Mendelson examines the trail of the federal stimulus money that arrived three years ago...