Melanie Mason

Hearing date for North Oakland gang injunction proposal pushed back

The proposed Oakland gang injunction has, in recent weeks, been the focus of heated listserv debates, community meetings and a rally held Thursday afternoon in front of the Alameda County Superior Court. The injunction, which aims to restrict certain behaviors of members of the North Side Oakland gang, has sparked considerable debate about the balance between crime prevention and individual rights. But supporters and detractors of the injunction will have to wait for a definitive pronouncement on its future.

Draft climate plan released

Appropriately enough for Earth Day, Oakland’s Public Works Agency has posted the draft version of the Energy and Climate Action Plan.  You can download a PDF of the plan on the Sustainable Oakland website.  On May 6, the agency will hold two community workshops to solicit community input.  But why wait until then?  Let us know in comments what you think are the most interesting proposals in the plan.  And be sure to check out Oakland North’s previous coverage here,…

Climate action is the focus at City Council, rally

Oakland’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were the focus of a special City Council workshop last night, marking another milestone for the city’s forthcoming climate action plan that has been in the works since July 2009.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Tackling the city’s budget woes

Back to the grind, post-holiday weekend.  Here’s what’s happening in Oakland (and environs) today: City Council, in addition to its regularly-scheduled meeting, will have an hour-long special budget meeting tonight to try and solve the yawning chasm that is the city’s budget deficit.  Living in the O provides some helpful context. The two teens who were shot during a Richmond church service are now cooperating with police. The three American hikers detained in Iran for espionage may see their families…

Monday Feb. 15 — 2 injured after Richmond church shooting

Happy Presidents’ Day, North Oakland! Two teens were shot during a church service in Richmond yesterday.  Both victims are expected to survive, but at this point, are not cooperating with police. Lovebirds in the East Bay flocked to the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder’s office in Oakland yesterday for some Valentine’s Day nuptials. Maybe–finally–some news this week about where the A’s will end up?  A committee will likely be reporting to MLB commissioner Bud Selig about potential sites for a new stadium…

Sunday, Feb. 14 – Be Oakland North’s Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, North Oakland! Sobriety checkpoints in cities like Oakland have turned into a profitable enterprise, more often seizing and impounding cars from unlicensed drivers than catching drunk drivers.  Check out the New York Times story here. One Love Center for Health, now in development, could help tackle the glaring health disparities in the city by bringing health care and education to West Oakland. Lots of Oakland city government happenings this week–including the City Council tackling the new budget…

Saturday, Feb. 13 – Feds say no to the OAC

Happy weekend, North Oakland.  Here’s your news rundown: The Federal Transit Administration has informed BART that it will not grant federal stimulus funding to the Oakland Airport Connector.  Instead, the $70 million will go to transit operations.  Lots of good coverage on this one, from Living in the O, Streetsblog San Francisco and the Transbay Blog.  And of course, check out past Oakland North coverage. Also airport-related: Security screeners gathered at Oakland International Airport yesterday to rally for union rights….

Friday, Feb. 12 – Oakland to develop Army Base land

Happy Friday, North Oakland! The city of Oakland has signed a development deal for old Army Base land in West Oakland. The development team is being led by Phil Tagami, who led the renovation of the Fox Theater. Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year old Army cook and single mom fromOakland, will not be court-martialed for staying home with her child instead of deploying to Afghanistan last fall.  Specialist Hutchinson’s case gained attention when she was arrested for not deploying, after…

Thursday, Feb. 11 – Grant family denounces settlement

Good morning, North Oakland!  Here’s what’s in the news today: Family members of Oscar Grant are denouncing a settlement BART made with the mother of Oscar’s daughter, Tatiana.  Two weeks ago, BART agreed to pay Tatiana $1.5 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the girl’s mother.  But other members of Grant’s family say the $50 million lawsuit brought by Grant’s mother and other family members is still pending. An Oakland middle school girl has reported that she…

Wednesday, February 10 – False alarms could cost you

Good Morning, Oakland!  Here’s what we’re reading today. Starting March 1, be prepared to pay up for false alarms at your home or business.  The false alarm ordinance passed last year will go into effect, so expect a “service charge” of $84 or $156 if your alarm system brings out the police without due cause. East Bay Express looks at the efforts to keep the A’s in Oakland–and if new sites at Jack London Square will please team owners and…

Tuesday, Feb. 9 – Free Grand Slams!

Happy Tuesday, North Oakland! Let’s get down to what’s really important–free food.  Denny’s is serving up a free Grand Slam Breakfast today from 6 am-2 pm.  Only hitch is that Denny’s sole Oakland location is out near the airport.  For North Oaklanders, it might be worth the jaunt out to Emeryville.  (To determine if it’s worth it at all, check out SFoodie’s foolproof opportunity cost formula). In more serious news, a San Leandro man was convicted of attempted murder of…