Tasneem Raja

Forgotten Trains of the Bay Area: The Key System

Before there was AC Transit or BART, there was the Key System. A privately-owned mass transit company that operated electric railcars, street cars, and ferries, the Key System linked ten East Bay cities and San Francisco, and it shaped the development of this area.

Meet Alan Young, Oakland’s (in)famous con artist

For nearly 30 years, a con artist named Alan Young has been living the high life around the Bay Area – on other people’s tabs. He pretends to be what he’s not – a member of a famous Motown group, like the Temptations or the Four Tops.

Oakland North Radio: Spring Love

Welcome to Oakland North Radio, our audio podcast! You can’t talk about spring without talking about love. Reporter Tasneem Raja hit the streets for tales of heartache, heartburn, and one seventeen-year-old on why love is hazardous to your health.

The huge House health care bill: what’s in it for me?

The health reform bill the House of Representatives approved last month prints out at 2,014 pages, Oakland North asked a health policy expert to haul the whole pile to her office recently and examine it to see what practical impact its provisions might have on four local residents who face different health insurance situations.

North Oakland Now: April 13, 2009

Three Trib reporters won a big award for their down-and-dirty series on Oakland’s child prostitutes today. You’d think the Trib would make it easy to find their story on its site. Not quite.