Oakland North’s 2016 year in review — our top stories
on December 16, 2016
2016 brought another group of student reporters to Oakland North, and they covered the daily news of a changing city: The rising cost of rent and concerns about gentrification, the election of a new president and the protests that followed, the legalization of recreational pot use in California and the passing of a controversial city soda tax, the sex scandal that continued to plague the Oakland Police Department, street level efforts to help stem the rising tide of opioid addictions, and the Ghost Ship fire, which claimed the lives of 36 people.
But they also dug deep into stories about the people, places and ideas that make Oakland unique, like the Castlemont High School football players who joined Colin Kaepernick in his protest, the expansion of the Oakland Music Festival and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. And in early 2016 we launched our new Tales of Two Cities podcast, which covers audio stories from Oakland and Richmond in collaboration with our sister site, Richmond Confidential.
Here are some of our favorite and most-read stories from 2016. Thanks for reading (and listening!) — we’ll be back on the beat again in late January!
All episodes of the Tales of Two Cities podcast reported by the Oakland North team and produced by Matt Beagle and Katherine Rose
Oaklanders tackle illegal dumping in their neighborhoods by Briana Flin and Katie Parish
During an opioid epidemic, can cannabis be an alternative pain treatment? by Margaret Katcher
Sandra Johnson needs a job: Finding work after incarceration by Katie Parish
Some Bay Area workers commute for hours for the sake of affordable rent by Mary Newman, Pablo De La Hoya and Nate Sheidlower
Ghost Ship mourners gather at lakeside vigil to mourn those lost by Rachel Cassandra, Alan Toth and Khaled Sayed
Cannabis industry in limbo as California ends pot prohibition by Nate Sheidlower with graphics by Pablo De La Hoya
Oakland reacts to the election of Donald Trump by Oakland North team coverage
Protesters in Oakland express frustration over Trump’s victory by Oakland North team coverage
Women react to Trump presidency: “Sexism and racism won last night” by Cassady Rosenblum, Mary Newman and Katie Parish
“Peaceful Trump Response” surrounds Lake Merritt by Andrew Beale
The Black Panther Party’s 10 Point Program, 50 years later by Andrew Beale, Cassady Rosenblum, Rachel Loyd, Tian Chenwei, Khaled Sayed and Ryan Lindsay
At historic Black Panthers’ school, Black teachers were a key to student success by Cassady Rosenblum
Oakland pushes for Ellis Act reform by Tian Chenwei
Alameda County organization demonstrates safe injection site for drug users by Margaret Katcher
Castlemont players find their voice through football by Cassady Rosenblum
BOSS graduates celebrate changing their own lives by Rosa Furneaux
In blue California, Trump supporters focus on other states by Khaled Sayed
Kaiser reunion celebrates premature birth success stories by Yesica Prado
Key witness in police scandal returns to Bay Area, ready to sue, her lawyers say by Rachel Loyd and Andrew Beale
New oral history map shows Oakland eviction data by Cameron Clark
Effort to recall Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf faces uphill battle by Andrew Beale
Oakland heart study subjects want another 30 years by Brian Krans
Audubon Society rescues heron and egret chicks in downtown Oakland by Nailah Morgan
Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools by Erika Alvero
With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing by Sam-Omar Hall
For refugees, resetting in the Bay Area comes at a high price by Atia Musazay
East Bay politicians and businesses react to new state minimum wage by Matt Beagle and Serla Rusli
Cephus Johnson and the men of Black Lives Matter by Teresa Cotsirilos
Oakland Tribune to be folded into new multi-city publication by Katherine Wei
Oakland native documents forgotten communities by Angelica Casas and Brad Bailey
Anti-violence organization serves deaf survivors by Erika Alvero
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