Lillian R. Mongeau

Oakland police share use of force training with public, media

As part of Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts’ new strategy to involve the community in policing policy, on Saturday officers held two sessions—one for the community and one for the media—on when police are legally allowed to use force. At police headquarters, officers explained the training they receive on when to use force, took questions on specific scenarios and brought visitors to their training facility where attendees were allowed to participate in interactive video simulations of dangerous scenarios officers face...

Skyline High puts on a Cinderella Christmas

Mariella Cordova and Jeff Derenthal, both seniors at Skyline High School, sat in the fifth row of the theater red seats laughing and talking over each other in their excitement to explain the dance-musical-comedy performance they were about to take part in—the school’s new fall musical, A Cinderella Christmas.

Jody London’s Apple Cider-braised Turkey and more

Jody London, the school board member for North Oakland’s district one, has shared her recipes on OaklandNorth.net before. Her constituents are often treated to her cookies at meetings she hosts and today she’s sent out three of her favorite holiday recipes. Think your recipes are good enough to make you an elected official? Send them…

And the brussels sprouts…

What are you planning on for Thanksgiving dinner? I asked some folks right here on Berkeley’s campus, what they were most looking forward to. Click play to hear their answers. GLUTTONY.mp3|What are you having for Thanksgiving?|Recorded and mixed by Lillian Mongeau GLUTTONY.mp3|What are you having for Thanksgiving?|Recorded and mixed by Lillian Mongeau

Mama’s Persimmon Bread

Serina Elliott is a graduate of the Kitchen of Champions Culinary Training Program of St. Vincent de Paul. She was previously featured in a video on OaklandNorth.net about the culinary program’s Guest Chef Series and has gone on to complete her first year of culinary classes at Laney College. In another year she will be…

Curried Bananas

I’ve been enjoying Thanksgiving with a group of good friends for the past thirty-some years. We all cook, and the various members’ contributions range from the traditional to the exotic. I myself took the yummy prize once with a batch of pumpkin pecan tamales. One year one of our members brought a big bowl of…

Rustic Rice

I found this recipe in a magazine about 15 years ago. I think it was in Gourmet but I’m not 100 percent certain. I adapted the original recipe a bit and have been making it ever since. It compliments almost any kind of main meat dish and is always very popular. The nice thing about…

Nana’s Famous Peanut Butter Chews

This recipe was submitted by Chef Michael Stamm, the Executive Chef Instructor for the Kitchen of Champions, a culinary training program offered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County and a 3-time Olympic medal winner (Swimming, 1974). Nana’s Famous Peanut Butter Chews with Icing Ingredients 2/3 cup shortening (butter or margarine)…

A proponent of Measure L weighs in

In Oakland, the school district had to cut $122 million from its budget this year, and teachers have not gotten a raise in nearly a decade. Some folks are trying to change that. They’ve put a measure on the ballot that would create a 54-cent per day property tax to raise teachers’ salaries. To learn more about how the measure would work and what the benefits to Oakland students might be, Lillian Mongeau caught up with one of the measure’s...

Computer animation training starts at Claremont middle school

Computer animation sprang into public consciousness in 1995 with Pixar’s film, Toy Story. Fifteen years later, the studio has turned out nearly a dozen feature length films from its East Bay headquarters, and now kids at an Oakland middle school are getting a chance to get in on act of animating. Listen to the full story on Oakland North Radio.

San Bruno gas line fire kills four, so does violence in Oakland

A gas line exploded into flame last night in a residential neighborhood of San Bruno. Four people are reported dead and 20 injured. Early this morning, San Bruno officials said the fire was 75 percent contained. Melanie and Bryan Perkin and their three children fled their house last night as the vinyl from the window…

Plastic bags not banned, cell phones in jail could be

A legislative session that ran to the wee hours last night ended with a proposed statewide ban on plastic bags having been voted down, according to SFGate.com. Such bans have been enacted in individual cities, like San Francisco, and have been proposed across the U.S. but have found little purchase here. USA Today gets into…

Man accused of shooting Fremont officer apprehended

After a chase that ran from Oakland to the California-Mexican border, Andrew Barrientos, 20, was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of shooting a Fremont police officer twice in the abdomen, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury news. Officer Todd Young was attempting to serve Barrientos with a search warrant in the 2000…

Walkin’ with the dogs

Just couldn’t resist taking a picture of Angela Steele, 26, of Oakland walking her friend’s dogs on Thursday. Milo, Maggie and China are under Steele’s care while her friend is out of town.

Stage for Raiders built Thursday

Sam Owens, 23, an employee of DaVinci Fusion, is one of five construction workers building a stage for a launch party for the Oakland Raiders on Friday afternoon. Read more about yesterday’s rally.