Nausheen Husain

This Weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 13 – 15, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

This Weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 6 – 8, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Commuters sound off on Bay Bridge closure

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be shut down Wednesday night for a five-day construction project by Caltrans, the Bay Area Toll Authority and the California Transportation Commission.

Annual StreetFest fills up Oakland’s Chinatown

Oakland’s 26th annual Chinatown StreetFest took over a few blocks of the city’s downtown area this weekend, boasting booths with food from local restaurants, free health services and musical entertainment.

AIMS board members fire director; board president resigns

During a volatile meeting of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) board Friday, the board members lost two of the schools’ most fierce defenders: AIMS Director Sylvester Hodges was fired during a closed session, and board President Toni Cook resigned soon after the closed session and left the meeting. AIMS site administrator Jennifer Avelino was…

OUSD votes to revoke American Indian Model Schools charters

At a long-awaited special school board meeting, and after over six months of hearings and notices, Oakland Unified School District board members voted to revoke the three American Indian Model Schools’ (AIMS) charters. The 4-3 vote came after Superintendent Tony Smith recommended the board revoke the charters, and after a particularly emotional and dramatic series of public comments and discussion.

An AIMS graduate returns to help her school through challenging times

Karely Ordaz remembers the first time she realized that good grades had good consequences. She was an eighth grader at Oakland Charter Academy and she had just found out that she was one of ten middle school students chosen for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. “Never in my wildest dreams as an eighth grader did I think I’d be able to go to the capitol for free just because I had good grades,” she recalls. “That’s when I decided...

AIMS community to OUSD: Please don’t close our schools

About three dozen American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) students and parents took turns Wednesday, each speaking for one minute, hoping to convince the Oakland school board that their three schools shouldn’t be shut down. The board voted in January to give the AIMS administration a “notice of intent to revoke” the schools’ charters after alleging fraud and financial mismanagement at the schools.

Bollywood comes to Oakland’s Paramount Theater

At the Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland, UC San Diego’s Bollywood dance team wowed judges Saturday with a film-worthy love story between a wealthy girl and a village boy who need to win a dance competition.