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West Oakland streets calm but tension remains

Shots were fired last Tuesday night near 30th St. in West Oakland, disrupting the relative calm there since the tragic shooting death of a single mother on March 9. The death of Chyemil Pierce remains on...
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Speak Up Oakland encourages civic involvement

At a time when the mayor’s office has been under increasing scrutiny about corralling public comment during city council meetings and corralling protesters after dark, City Clerk LaTonda Simmons is hoping to...
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Underrepresented business owners play key role in mayor’s economic plan

At the center of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s economic policy is growth that doesn’t displace long-time Oakland residents through gentrification, but includes them through small business development, better jobs...
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State pumped $2 million into Oakland to break crime cycle

Ahead of the trend toward criminal justice reform that has emerged in the past year, the state of California poured $2 million last year into Oakland, targeted toward breaking the crime cycle. The funds...
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Kiva Zip loans fuels Oakland small business community

The City of Oakland and Mayor Libby Schaaf have big economic plans, but the one the mayor is quick to discuss is anything but “big,” unless you consider the potential impact on small, locally owned...
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Ceasefire’s missing link: What about jobs?

Much can be learned when calm breaks down and angry words fill the air. During those tense moments when tempers flare, order is lost, and a push for calm rises above the din, the glimpse offered of deep-seated...
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Frustration boils over at West Oakland meeting

West Oakland residents filled a room in the Willie Keys Community Center to standing room capacity Thursday night to voice frustration over violence on their streets. The scheduled bi-monthly meeting of the...
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Street Outreach makes anti-violence presence felt on violent streets

A fatal stabbing and a drive-by shooting bookend an hour in West Oakland Saturday night, but those who work these streets for Oakland’s anti-violence prevention effort are encouraged. The neighborhood is...
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Oakland’s Ceasefire gains traction with collaboration

Despite a spate of shootings in West Oakland over the weekend that included the death of a young mother trying to protect her children from stray bullets on Monday afternoon, Oakland's renewed push to curb...
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Oakland police stay the course after 2014 improvements

If the Oakland Police Department was a baseball team, the 2014 season was a banner year. But the sobering reality of the work to further lower crime, rebuild police morale and address lingering community...