Oakland Local



Friday, July 18th, 2014

Building Oakland community during Friday summer nights

Where can you go on Friday evenings to chat with your neighbors, connect with community organizations, challenge your friends and family to a potato sack race, all while inherently fostering a safe environment? The Third Annual Friday Summer Nights at the Park series began last week and is happening every Friday through August 15 from

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Restorative justice by the numbers

A recent Oakland Local story by Max Cadji has drawn our attention to the innovative nature of restorative, rather than retributive (or revenge-driven), approaches to justice. The numbers below reflect studies on the topic. 72% of the...

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Join MISSSEY in the Movement Against Youth Sex Trafficking

The fastest-growing criminal industry in the world isn’t only cultivating in dark corners of the earth, it’s happening outside our convenience stores, at our bus stops, and down the street from the restaurants we frequent. Human trafficking,...

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Target thy neighbor (Community Voices)

By Len Raphael Oakland has a wealth of private resident problem solvers. Oakland residents command an amazing breadth and depth of public policy understanding that crosses all economic and racial divides. But many potential problem solvers don’t...

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...

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...

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