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Happy holidays from Oakland North!

on December 22, 2014

The Jack London Square Christmas tree is a 55-foot Shasta fir covered in more than 5,000 sparkling lights and 600 colorful ornaments. It’s part of Oakland tradition; this year the tree was lit on Friday, December 5th, as a small crowd attended the annual tree-lighting ceremony.  Mayor Jean Quan held a moment of silence for the lives of black people lost due to police violence, and a small group of peaceful protesters held up signs around the Christmas tree after it was lit.  (Photo by: Alsanosi Adam.)

Oakland North, a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, will sign off for the holiday season while school is out of session. Regular Oakland coverage will return in late January. Please enjoy some of our top stories of 2014 here in our Year in Review. You can also learn more about our school and coverage here, and learn how members of the public can donate to keep our site running.

We wish all of our readers a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you in 2015!

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