Casey Miner

Busline Blog: Oakland budget update

Mayor Ron Dellums released his proposed city budget late yesterday, and as predicted, it ain’t pretty. The Mayor proposed, among other things, cutting 140 police officers, rotating library closures, shutting some parks, mandating nearly a month of furlough days and laying off nearly 250 city employees. To the Mayor’s credit, the budget is more or…

Oakland Bites: Urban garden edition

Hey all, Casey Miner here guest-blogging for Oakland Bites. Elise asked me to write about my experiences with urban farming in Oakland, which is one of my favorite topics, so.

Budget showdown, final installment: Third time’s the charm

By Casey Miner/Oakland North It took three meetings to get there, but Oakland city officials left last night’s final budget town hall with a wealth of creative suggestions, both on ways to close Oakland’s budget gap and on how to make the inevitable cuts less painful. Over the past several weeks, Oakland has been soliciting…

Busline Blog: Oakland budget miscellany

A few Oakland budget extras, for those of you who follow those sorts of things. First, the city has come up with a nifty interactive game you can play to try to balance the budget yourself, complete with fun budget facts. Check it out here if stepping up to the mic isn’t your style. Second,…

Budget showdown, part 2: No more pie-in-the-sky; who represents the community?

By Casey Miner/Oakland North It was a night for stark assessments: Oakland’s budget for next year will be “the most difficult ever,” said one city councilmember; “the worst ever,” said another. Officials began last night’s town hall meeting on how to close Oakland’s $83 million budget gap with a plea for the community to come…

North Oakland Now: April 9, 2009

Just a quick hit this morning, as your intrepid headline-gatherer is running late: the state says an Oakland woman embezzled close to $700,000 from the State Bar for clothes and spa treatments. Workers at Fairmont Hospital believe it is unsafe. And three people have been charged in what’s being called a “social-networking” kidnapping case —…

North Oakland Now: April 8, 2009

Good morning, all. Your daily dose: At last night’s City Council meeting, a four-member committee voted unanimously in support of a proposal to increase the tax on Oakland’s medical marijuana dispensaries. It’s one way to start increasing what will likely be an $65 million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year. Though they’d see a…

North Oakland Now: April 7, 2009

Happy rainy day, North Oaklanders… and here I bet you thought it was spring. Today’s news: the Women’s Reproductive Health Clinic has closed after more than three decades, citing the recession. Bad news for women’s health, surely, but also a sign of how much the state’s budget crisis is affecting local economies. WCC Executive Director…

North Oakland Now: April 6, 2009

Hello everyone, and welcome back to North Oakland Now… we’ve been on spring break and sadly remiss in updating, but now we’re back! Some news of note today: The Chronicle reports that the number of homeless people in the Bay Area is climbing, and we may not even know how bad it is yet. For…

The Parkway’s last hurrah

By Casey Miner and Tasneem Paghdiwala Raja/Oakland North For twelve years, Oakland’s Parkway Speakeasy Theater was a community mainstay: a place to grab a beer, park yourself on a couch, watch a cheap movie and catch up with friends. But like many other small businesses, the Parkway has had a hard time weathering the recession.…

Making it

By Casey Miner/Oakland North  Gabriel De Jesus is bent over a laptop, eyes moving back and forth between the screen and the stack of forms on the desk next to him, jotting occasional notes. An older man knocks on the door and says he’s there to pick something up; De Jesus has him sign in…

Busline Blog: Perilous Rides

Yesterday morning a bus was in an accident around 12th and Webster streets in downtown Oakland; a driver ran a red light and barreled straight into the bus. No injuries were reported, though moderate damage was reported to both the bus and the vehicle. The accident follows an incident last weekend in which a man…

Busline Blog: Overheard on the 1R

A thing I love about Bay Area public transport is the consistency with which people treat buses and trains like personal living rooms. This covers everything from personal hygiene—applying makeup, removing makeup, clipping fingernails—to the All Time Most Annoying Thing Anyone Can Do, which is listen, loudly, to every single ring tone on their cell…