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City Administrator puts in heavy work for Oakland

Dan Lindheim gave a candid interview where he delved into how Oakland ended up in such a financial mess. I was surprised when Lindheim told me that he originally did not want to be Oakland’s city...
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Oakland Thanksgiving: Singer Netta Brielle

(Editor's note: This is the third in a series of short pieces about what Thanksgiving means to some Oakland personalities and leaders.) Netta Brielle is a urban pop songstress, who is best known for her...
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Oakland City staffers squabbling over report of $14 MM in improperly accounted-for loans

One day after outgoing Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums issued a report about all the great things that happened during his term, City Auditor Courtney Ruby has issued a report that says the City of Oakland...
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Oakland Thanksgiving: Heart-throb singer London

(Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of short pieces about what Thanksgiving means to some Oakland personalities and leaders.) London is Oakland's own soulful singer, signed to the legendary...
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Oakland Christmas: Breakthough artist Bobby Brackins

Bobby Brackins became famous earlier this year for his hit "143" featuring R&B singer Ray J. Many people may not have believed that the unique voice of this 21-year-old Oakland native would have...
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Eyewitness account: Mehserle sentencing protest in Oakland ends in mass arrests, many left confused (See videos)

(Editor's note: The following piece written by OL writer/videographer Oriana Bolden is a first person account of events that took place Nov. 5 in downtown Oakland, following the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle...
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1/3rd of the protesters arrested in demonstration not from Oakland says OPD + SF Gate media bias?

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a large number of people who marched through the neighborhood around East 17th and 6th on Friday were "screaming, jumping on cars and smashing windows." This is the...
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Music for Oscar: Art is the vehicle for protest

Oakland and Bay area musicians aren't holding back in sharing their views via music and videdo. There's a new song, The Verdict (Oscar Grant_ pulled togethet by HipHopCongress ft DLabrie, Orko, ScribeSayar,...
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Breaking: Mehserle sentenced to 2 years involuntary manslaughter, will get credit for days already served

Johannese Mehserle has been sentenced in Los Angeles County court to 2 years for involuntary manslaughter. The gun enhancement has been set aside and a new trial for that charge ordered.  However, this means...
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Mehserle sentencing: Standing for justice–and for ourselves (Op-Ed)

Today is the day when the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for murdering Oscar Grant is going to go down.  We don't know what the sentence will be, or whether Judge Perry will honor defense attorney Michael...