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June 11-13, Oakland will become the center of the localism universe (Community Voices)

By Anna Ghosh In less than a week, more than 700 "Localists" are expected to gather in Oakland for the 12th annual BALLE Conference. Held at the historic Scottish Rite Center overlooking Lake Merritt -- and...
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Affordable Housing Within A Year at MacArthur BART Station

By Keith Burbank “Rubics cube logistics” is how Joseph Forbes McCarthy, senior project manager of BRIDGE Housing, described the coordination needed to develop MacArthur Station, a transit-oriented...
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Popuphood News: What’s happening with our projects (Column)

By Sarah Filley, Cofounder and Executive Director of Popuphood Popuphood Partners Project In an evolution of our Pop-up to Permanent Program in response to the changing ecosystem of retail in downtown...
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Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much ‘work experience’ or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss, Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, Education News story, May 30, 2014. A class-action lawsuit filed against the state of California Thursday alleges that low-income students...
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Health and wealth: Let the YMCA be a local resource (Community Voices)

by Robert A. Wilkins, CEO and President of the YMCA of the East Bay Emerson once said, “The first wealth is health.” I could not agree with him more. But if you look at stark numbers, in Emerson’s...
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“The Expulsion of Malcolm X” at Oakland’s Laney College Theater through Saturday

By Cristina Rodriguez The Expulsion of Malcolm X, presented by Colors of Vision Entertainment, is playing at Laney College Theater through May 31. The play went back and forth from Malcolm's public life...
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Will MacArthur BART Station development improve safety?

By Keith Burbank Crime at the MacArthur BART station may fall once the evolving transit-oriented development is complete, at least that's what the developer, BRIDGE Housing and the City of Oakland are...
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Chasing Mehserle: Oakland playwright holds up mirror to hometown

By Matt Werner “Downtown Oakland used to be empty and dangerous. Now it’s crowded and lying about itself. Luxury condos are next to SROs. It’s going to eat itself.” - Watts in Chasing...
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East Oakland Boxing Association: One of the neighborhood’s vital organs (Community Voices)

By Katie Schwarz As Vator Splash makes tech news in Jack London Square, as Uptown revitalizes and Temescal moves from hipsters to parents with Strollers, as West Oakland gets private buses, as North Oakland...
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Councilmember Libby Schaaf: What can Oakland learn from LA’s safety and equity successes? (Community Voices)

By Councilmember Libby Schaaf I'm always looking for safety success stories -- not just stories about individuals or programs that helped reduce crime for the small group they served, but bold strategies that...