Lauren Kawana

New housing units help foster youth over 18 transition into adulthood

The Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland recently celebrated the grand opening of a new transitional housing community for local foster youth. Young adults between 18 and 24 years of age with their own studio apartments so they can gain independence and set themselves up for success as they exit the foster care system.

Oakland School Board plans to appoint Gary Yee as acting superintendent

Following the surprising resignation of Superintendent Tony Smith three weeks ago, the Oakland School Board announced Monday morning its plan to appoint board director Gary Yee as acting superintendent. The board will formally vote on the matter at its next meeting on Wednesday.

Uptown Art Park opens in Oakland

After months of preparation, the City of Oakland celebrated the opening of its temporary gallery, “Uptown Art Park,” at last Friday’s Art Murmur.

Adult ed in Oakland faces uncertain future

At a board meeting on February 27, the school board voted to cut all remaining adult ed teacher positions as way to create $1 million in savings for the next school year. OUSD superintendent Tony Smith said the proposal to terminate the positions was also in reaction to Governor Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal, which included moving adult education to community college systems. If layoffs ar

School board votes to end adult education

On behalf of Oakland’s family literacy programs, student Malak Alsabahi stood at the podium and asked the school board not to cut adult education. Fellow supporters held paintings of Yemeni women while Alsabahi spoke, representing classmates who could not be there at the school board meeting Wednesday.

School district hosts conversations on improving special education

In the quiet of La Escuelita Elementary’s cafeteria on Saturday morning, one by one, parents took turns telling stories of their frustrations with special education in Oakland public schools. Saturday’s meeting was the sixth of eight community meetings OUSD has held since December.

Oakland Tech students meet with prospective employers at career expo

When you’re in high school, it can be difficult to envision what you’ll be doing in 10 years, five years or even one year after you graduate. But Oakland Tech parents and teachers wanted to emphasize how important it is for students to start thinking about their futures.

An ancient Japanese tradition lives on in Oakland

You won’t often come across three accomplished koto players in one place—let alone in the same family. But Oakland is home to three generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to the music of the Japanese harp.

What are you thankful for this holiday? Oaklanders weigh in

Oakland North visited a few spots in town to talk to residents about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Ranging from family to nice weather, we found Oaklanders had a lot of things to be thankful for.