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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices)

I want to use this month’s column to talk about investing.  What does a Library Commissioner know about investing? Well, to invest is to commit money or capital in order to gain a financial return.  Our city budget in Oakland is a reflection of our investments, as taxpayers in Oakland, in the future of our

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Alameda County launches PR blitz against youth sex trafficking in Oakland

The public is being put on notice: When you see 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds or 17-year-olds sold for sex from the streets of Oakland you’re witnessing child abuse and rape, usually under slave conditions. And ignoring it is immoral....

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Oakland made progress on violent crime in 2013

New America Media, News Analysis, David Muhammad, Posted: Jan 03, 2014 Despite the common opinion that violence in Oakland is spiking and out of control, data for the past year gives the city cause to celebrate for...

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

More police as a campaign issue? (Community Voices)

As the luster of the “New Oakland” / ”Oakland Renaissance” / gentrification starts to dull, we see the crime — especially robberies, burglaries and daytime shootings. Some residents and politicians call for more police to control it....

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Sidebar: Can sustainable community development impact crime reduction in urban areas?

The impacts of the revitalization of the neighborhood surrounding East Oakland’s Tassafaronga Village go beyond making the area more aesthetically appealing and more energy efficient. Comprehensive green urban planning which leads to increased sustainability and improved sense...

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Oakland non-profits among those experiencing embezzlement, fraud

Katherine Fong has a terrific story today reporting on Bay area organizations that are part of a big national story  in the Washington Post  that reported on theft, fraud and embezzlement at nonprofits  that reported misappropriated funds, including several...

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Oakland’s Future: Becoming the safest, most sustainably prepared large city in the country (Community Voices)

Imagine Oakland with a world-wide reputation for being the safest, most sustainably prepared large city in the country. Picture that anytime there’s an emergency or disaster situation anywhere in the country, it’s Oakland that is mentioned as...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Private patrols aren’t perfect, but might still be good (Community Voices)

A friend of mine has an expression that he uses, tongue partly in cheek, to help keep the difficulties of his life in perspective: “A problem isn’t really a problem if you can solve it with money.”...

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Those Young Men Who Robbed You at Gunpoint (Community Voices)

Remember those young men who robbed you at gunpoint?  How could you forget? They may have been blacker than you, but they share a race with you: the human.  Humans are known for making errors. They did...

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Gawker smashes on Oakland; best reading is in the comments (Opinion)

Gawker’s got a piece running this weekend with the headline Scared Gentrifiers Crowdfunding Money for Their Own Private Cops that talks up the three crowding projects Rockridge residents have going as a way to get short-term private police...

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