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Pro-Sanders MetWest students say they felt unwelcome at Clinton’s rally on their campus

After Hillary Clinton’s Oakland rally, Kayla, 17, had tears running down her cheeks. She was upset. Kayla, an 11th grader at MetWest High School, had walked to the rally site Friday with some classmates and at least one teacher. It wasn’t far: The event was held nearby in their campus gym. Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential contender, addressed the crowd of several hundred people, who chanted, “HILL-UH-REE! HILL-UH-REE!” Kayla and her friends—and a few others in the crowd—chanted “BER-NEE! BER-NEE!”…

Hundreds rally for Bernie Sanders in Oakland as Super Tuesday looms

As voters went to the polls in South Carolina, and with Super Tuesday looming on March 1, about 300 people rallied for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland on Saturday. Local group SambaFunk provided a pulsating drum soundtrack as Sanders supporters, many with children, rallied at Frank Ogawa Plaza before marching to a CitiBank branch to call attention to Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street donations. Held at the same location as the Occupy Oakland protests of 2011, Saturday’s rally also focused on…

Specific Plan could transform Downtown Oakland

The 980 Freeway running through West Oakland is a “great gash” that was originally built to connect with a second Bay Bridge that never arrived, city planning consultant Victor Dover said Monday night at a public meeting to discuss Downtown Oakland’s Specific Plan.

OPD chief points to reduction in police uses of force

At a meeting of the Oakland City Council’s public safety committee Tuesday night, Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent pointed to a “very significant” reduction in uses of force by police. He said new policies, training and body cameras all contributed to the reduction.

East Bay gears up for bike-sharing this fall

Hundreds of brightly colored bikes will appear in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville this fall, as bike-sharing rolls into the East Bay. San Francisco launched bike-sharing in 2013, when 350 blue-green bikes were placed in SoMa, the Financial District and along the Embarcadero. Since then, locals and tourists alike have checked out the bikes, taken them on short rides, and returned them to bike stations, paying by the day, month or year. According to Motivate, the company that runs Bay Area…

Oakland at Work: Buddhas and bowling balls at The Dry Garden nursery

Richard Ward of The Dry Garden nursery tells of a time when succulents saved a house from a wildfire. In 1989, raging flames from the last big fire approached a house but stopped short at a row of giant aloe and agave plants. Ward said that succulents are naturally fire retardant because 98 percent of their composition is water. Ward knows his succulents, cacti and bamboo. Since 1987, he has owned The Dry Garden on Shattuck Avenue, near the border between…

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