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Mayoral candidate: Joe Tuman

The issues for Tuman are public safety and economic development. In his view, the absence of economic development keeps part of the city in poverty and poverty is at the root of most crime. The absence of economic development also means that the city does not have the tax base and revenue growth that it needs to afford sufficient numbers of police officers to respond to a growing crime problem.

Mayoral candidate: Patrick McCullough

Mayoral candidate Patrick McCullough, an electronic technician and lawyer, asserts he has “the experience from working with people in all levels of society that is essential to bring the change Oaklanders have been wanting for a long time.” If elected, McCullough, 59, said he would address Oakland’s deficit problems alongside its unfunded liability issue. He…

Sean Whent named as permanent Oakland Police Chief

After serving for a year as interim police chief, Sean Whent, an 18-year veteran of the force, was named permanent chief of Oakland Police Department by Mayor Jean Quan at Oakland City Hall Wednesday. “As a no-nonsense chief, he has led the Department’s reorganization, built a strong leadership team and strengthened police collaboration with neighborhood…

Q&A with Hip Hop Chess Federation founder on partnership with East Bay schools

Banjoko once lived in Oakland and was a part of the ‘90s Bay Area Hip Hop music scene. Currently, he is teaching chess and life strategies to students at Encinal High School in Alameda through a partnership with his friend John Fuentes, who oversees the after school high school program for Bay Area Community Resources (BACR). From now to the end of this school year, Fuentes’ goal is to have Banjoko teach chess at several Oakland high schools as well.