Samson Reiny

Alameda County readies pools for a safe summer

As the California heat begins to usher in the summer, as well as usher water enthusiasts into the swimming pools, counties, including Alameda County, are integrating a new federal law that will further protect people from accidental drownings in public pools and spas.

Do Something About It: Puppy (and other) love

Many of us in the Bay Area love animals.  I can’t help petting dogs when they’re sitting with their owners outside a cafe or waiting patiently for them outside the grocery store.  It’s not a surprise that I would gravitate toward volunteering at the local humane society, and it’s perfectly okay–dogs and cats are so…

For Native Hawaiians, it’s a paradise lost

By Samson Reiny/Oakland North Hawaiians struggle in their native islands against the forces of tourism and militarism, according to Ikaika Hussey, publisher of the Hawaii Independent, a Honolulu-based newspaper devoted to in-depth coverage of local issues. On Sunday, March 15, at the Eastside Cultural Center in downtown Oakland, Hussey, joined by Malia Connor, founder of…

A tribute to Kasper’s: History, in hot dogs

Her water broke.  They grabbed what they needed, scrambled out of the house and hit the road.  The couple finally arrived, and it wasn’t a minute too soon.  The husband jumped out of the car and rushed inside to the counter.  “I’ll take two hot dogs please—to go!” he said. “I can’t tell you how…

North Oakland Now: March 5, 2009

History could very well be in the balance as the state supreme court hears arguments on the constitutionality of Prop 8, the measure that define marriage as between a man and a woman.  According to San Jose Mercury News, there’s quite a ruckus in the city. And the Associated Press reports that the Cook County,…

Do Something About It: Rebuilding Happiness

If you’re looking for a project that will have a sure and immediate impact on someone’s quality of life, you might be interested in Rebuilding Together, a non-profit committed to improving the lives of low-income senior citizens and disabled persons through free repair work or improvements to their homes.  Next month is National Rebuilding Day,…

North Oakland Now: March 4, 2009

Good morning ya’ll.   For all you exhibitionists out there, according to the San Mateo County Times, SFO has introduced full-body image scanners as another option for passengers to gain security clearance.  A 3-D makeup of your body is rendered on a screen, naughty bits and all.  I haven’t been to the gym lately, so…

Filmmaker to screen “Redemption,” story of Oakland recyclers

By Samson Reiny/Oakland North Jason Witt is an Olympian of recycling—he can recycle up to 800 pounds of bottles and cans a day. “He’s the captain of his ship,” said Amir Soltani, a writer and activist who has been following Witt for the past year as part of his upcoming documentary on West Oakland recyclers.…

North Oakland Now: March 3, 2009

Winter has finally arrived, and it’s making its presence known.  According to the Tribune, the rough weather has created flight delays at both SFO and Oakland airports today. And tax credits seem to be raining down in California particular hard as well lately.  According to the San Mateo County Times, for whoever can manage, buying a home…

North Oakland Now: March 2, 2009

According to the Tribune, UC Berkeley journalism student Rhyen Coombs has won the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for her work and photography on what people leave behind in their foreclosed homes.  And it’s nice to see empowered youth take a stand in West Oakland to improve                    …

North Oakland Now: February 28, 2009

Who can think about installing alternative energy resources at home with an economy like this?  Well, according to the Chronicle, some Berkeleyans are doing it as a part of the city’s new solar financing program.  With some major tax credit and rebate assistance, you too can go solar too.  Just hurry when the next application…

North Oakland Now: Friday, February 27

Good afternoon everyone.  There’s a few things of note in today’s news, and it’s all BART.  First is its $34 million debt, as reported by the Contra Costa Times.  But, contrary to what you might think, they’re not raising fares or reducing services!  (Not this time around at least)   But despite the financial reprieve, BART board of…

Linking public health to city planning

By Samson Reiny/Oakland North Many of Oakland’s community health problems can be traced to a history of bad city planning and land use, an expert from the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) said last Wednesday during a panel discussion at the American Institute of Architects East Bay offices in downtown Oakland.  Sandra Witt, the…

New card-swipe bike lockers unveiled at MacArthur BART

By SAMSON REINY Oct. 29–With grandeur befitting the opening ceremony of the Tour de France, BART officials and employees staged a decorous introduction to the new BikeLink Bicycle Locker System this morning near the front entrance of the MacArthur BART station.  With the new system, bicyclists can now store their bikes and gear in large…