Oakland Now Archive

19th anniversary of Oakland firestorm remembered by residents

Dubbed as America’s worst urban fire since the Great Chicago Fire, Wednesday marks the 19th anniversary of the Oakland firestorm which left 25 people dead, 150 injured and over 3,000 homes destroyed. To honor those who fought and those who were lost, the Firestorm Community Mural Project was erected in 1994.  Located outside the Rockridge BART station, the mural features over 2,000 hand-painted tiles. Oakland resident Morgan Jones’ video is a tribute to the mural and the memories. Learn more about…

North Oakland Now 8.17.09

The BART strike was called off Sunday night with a tentative contract agreement.  That’s good news, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Why not start your work week with some weird news?  Cal swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin will be Dancing with the Stars in the upcoming season of ABC’s popular show.  Coughlin will compete with a curious assortment of notables that include Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Kelly.

North Oakland Now 8.16.09

Today is the last day to enjoy the Art & Soul festival.  Here are ten reasons why you should give it a shot. BART union management and negotiators are back at the bargaining table.  The strike is still on, but there’s hope for a resolution. The search for missing 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell was extended to the Hayward shoreline and Coyote Hills Regional Park.

Oakland North Now 8.15.09

Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival starts today in down town Oakland. The BART strike is still on and commuters are angry. The investigation of Hasanni Campbell’s disappearance involved a visit to Hayward junk yard.

Oakland North Now 8.14.09

The BART strike is still scheduled to begin on Sunday at midnight. Now is a good time to get familiar with the Trans Bay bus lines and plan ahead if the strike happens. The Environment friendly blog The Thin Green Line has some planet friendly suggestions for alternate commuting options. Mayor Dellums has selected a new police chief for the Oakland Police Department.  Police chief Anthony Batts from Long Beach, California will take the reigns in September.  In the meantime, …

Oakland North Now 8.13.09 – Update @ 5:07 p.m.

BART is on the brink of a strike that will start on Sunday at midnight. Hasanni Campbell is still missing. According to his foster father, Louis Ross,  Campbell was last seen in North Oakland.  Ross spoke to Oakland North and some other Bay area reporters to clarify a few details. Ross is scheduled to take a polygraph test today.

Oakland North Now 8.10.09 Update @ 9:19 p.m.

Serious police action this evening on a stretch of Rockridge’s College Avenue, the block just north of Chabot. Multiple squad cars are parked across College and police are turning away auto traffic and pedestrians while remaining tight-lipped about what’s underway, which they are so far describing as a “missing little kid.” Two people were shot in East Oakland this morning. They are expected to survive. Check out Matt O’Brien’s piece on Oakland’s Salvadoran festival. The Oakland Housing Authority gets a…

Oakland North Now 8.7.09

Did you miss out on the ribbon-cutting celebration at the Lake Merritt Boathouse? No worries. Our Oakland’s got you covered. The council is “enjoying” recess but perhaps that might change soon. OakBook asks if there should be term lmits for City Council. Vote! Check out this YouTube video on a National Night Out Block Party.