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Oakland neighborhood fights to save a house from foreclosure

After months of failed negotiations, Fruitvale resident D’Weena Coleman feared she’d be evicted from the house her grandparents built back in 1961. But with help from her neighbors — and some well placed media attention — US Bank suddenly modified her loan, allowing her to stay. Oakland North was there to see it happen.

Gay marriage suppporters take case door-to-door

While supporters and opponents of Proposition 8 wait for a decision in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger federal trial, volunteers with Equality California are going door-to-door in an attempt to change the minds of those who voted for the same-sex marriage ban.

Bay Area watches as Prop 8 case begins in federal court

Testimony in Perry v. Schwarzenegger featured vivid personal testimony about struggles with discrimination based on sexual orientation. The team defending Proposition 8, meanwhile, argued that the state has a compelling interest to allow voters to define marriage.

Prop 8 sparring begins in S.F. federal court

In a San Francisco courtroom packed to overflowing, attorneys on both sides of Proposition 8 argued this morning about whether the same-sex marriage ban is discriminatory or a justifiable expression of California voters’ will.

BART votes to approve Oakland airport connector

After three hours of public comment and discussion yesterday, the BART Board of Directors voted 7 to 1 to approve the $492 million Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) elevated rail line. Construction is scheduled begin in mid-2010 and be completed by 2013.

12/4/09: BART asks what you want in a new police chief

BART has announced a new online survey asking the public to weigh-in on what characteristics they want to see in the next BART Police Chief and to suggest the most important tasks on the incoming chief’s agenda. Chief Gary Gee retires at the end of a difficult year for the transit agency – beginning with the New Years Day shooting death of Oscar Grant in Fruitvale and the controversial glass-shattering arrest in West Oakland on November 21. Both of these…

December 2, 2009: Virtual Food Drives, Train Accidents, and a Website Grows in Oakland

Happy Wednesday, Oakland Sad news to start: An Amtrak train on its way to Sacramento to San Jose struck a car Tuesday evening near the intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and E10th Street, killing the man driving. December is a busy month for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and this year, more than ever, the need is great. The food bank accepts nonperishable food donations year round but for those of us short on time but with a few dollars…

11.30.09 Cyber Monday!

Good Afternoon, Oakland It’s November 30th, the last day of the month. Boy, that was fast! Around here, every Monday is Cyber Monday. But today is also the typical final day of the big Thanksgiving weekend sales. Black Friday was a mixed success, with reports indicating a slight bump in overall sales as retailers cut deep deals to bring in the shoppers.  Depending on the numbers, we’ll see if the big sales continue through the week. The driver of the…

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