Tag Archives: Alameda County

Sandra Johnson, an Oakland resident, needs a job to sustain herself, but faces obstacles with a conviction on her record.

Sandra Johnson needs a job: Finding work after incarceration

Sandra Johnson needs a job, desperately. The formerly incarcerated 59-year-old Oakland woman is now a City College of San Francisco student, but needs to find work as well. In June, the Alameda County Board of...
Data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the California Department of Economic Development

U.S. has modest job gains in September, East Bay economy is still growing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5 percent in September. Meanwhile, the most recent data for the Bay Area shows Alameda County’s unemployment rate at...
Ella Baker Center Co-Founders Van Jones and Diana Frappier announce the inaugural Founders Award.

Community members celebrate The Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary

Last Thursday residents gathered to celebrate the Ella Baker Center's 20th Anniversary, present awards and discuss future plans to continue rebuilding communities of color in Oakland.
Safe Shape's bold structure invites visitors at the Afrikatown Community Garden.

Alameda County organization demonstrates safe injection site for drug users

“Hello, sir. What do you need today?” Braunz Courtney says with a welcoming smile, standing comfortably behind a buffet of sterile syringes and pipes. “I need some medium sharps,” his client Vernon, 64, responds.
Buttons sit on a table Wednesday at Frank Ogawa Plaza during Oakland's first year participating in International Opioid Awareness Day.

New nonprofit raises awareness about prescription opioid overdose in Alameda County

Savannah O’Neil says, for her, knowing someone who has battled an opioid addiction started with a family member. Most recently, she says, one of her friends had a stint at sobriety, but fatally overdosed on...
Men Creating Peace student

Men Creating Peace works to reduce domestic violence in Alameda County

Men Creating Peace (MCP) is one of the few domestic violence organizations in Alameda County specifically geared towards men. Founded in 2009, the organization aims to help men who’ve been involved in violent acts adopt...
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley (front) answers questions from the Board of Supervisors on October 13 about how her office plans to use cell-site simulators.

Alameda County becomes first in state to regulate cellphone surveillance tool

On Tuesday, Alameda County became the first county in California to implement new regulations on controversial spying devices used by police.
Alameda County Superior Court. Photo by Alicia Vargas.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to stop requiring female inmates to take pregnancy tests

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to stop requiring female inmates who are arrested and booked into Alameda County jails to take pregnancy tests. This agreement, reached on October 28, comes as an out-of-court...
Oakland Housing Authority reports that only 19% of recipients of new Section 8 vouchers have found housing in Oakland.

Despite housing subsidies, a majority of Alameda County recipients are without Section 8 housing

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced adjustments in funding for low-income housing subsidies that will reduce federal funding for Section 8 vouchers in Oakland.
Shoo The Flu germ mascots waiting for AC Transit

Alameda County works to “Shoo the Flu”

To help combat the spread of the flu, in October, the Alameda County Public Health Department will launch their Shoo the Flu campaign and offer free vaccinations to children in 110 public schools throughout Oakland.
Volunteers from the Hep B Project at the organization's free clinic, located every Wednesday at the Street Level Health Project.

Clinics reach out to Oakland’s Asian community to prevent “silent killer” hepatitis B

The Bay Area has one of the largest Asian and Asian Pacific Islander (API) populations in the entire country; together the two groups make up almost 19 percent of Oakland’s population. This group is uniquely...