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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment embarking on “transition”

“We really had to get very realistic,” said Deborah Barber. A board member of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment for the past five years and board chair for the past two months, Barber said, “We are out of options for keeping our doors open.” The nonprofit abruptly announced it was suspending all programs and placing

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Breaking: Oakland school district chooses new superintendent

The board of the Oakland Unified School District announced it has nominated Antwan Wilson from the nationally recognized Denver Public Schools where he is assistant superintendent, as the new superintendent for Oakland. The Oakland Board of Education plans...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Gentrification report proposes bold solutions to stop displacement in Oakland

Last week Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) released a report titled Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area. The 112-page document, prepared in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, goes beyond describing the public...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Women’s Initiative for Self Employment closes its doors

After more than 25 years of helping low-income women find success as small business owners, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WI) ceased operations on April 7, 2014. The move came without notice and caught students and graduates...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Oakland School District superintendent search in home stretch

The choice of a new superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District might be decided by the end of April, if all goes according to plan. The OUSD board of education is meeting with finalist candidates this...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Study finds gentrification in Oakland hurts public health

Imagine living in the same neighborhood for years or decades. You know your neighbors; some of them are your friends. Imperfect though it may be, this is home. Then a new type of neighbors start moving in:...

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Skinny: Oakland City Council Committee Preview, Apr. 8, 2014

Oakland City Council Committees Preview 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza Tuesday, Apr. 8, begins at 9:30 a.m. Hashtag: #oakmtg >>> COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CRAZY LIKE A FOX THEATER The investors for Oakland’s Fox Theater want the city to...

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Oakland Mayoral Challengers Vow to Reduce Crime While Criticizing Quan (Analysis)

Public safety, the likely signature issue of this year’s Oakland mayoral election received its very own candidate’s forum Thursday night. Nine of the expansive list of challengers to Mayor Jean Quan offered their solutions for reducing violent crime in...

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Holy Names replaces school principal after student protest

In the ten days since the walk-out staged by students of Holy Names High School, the administration has been tight-lipped about internal proceedings in response to the protest. It was made known to students and parents last...

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Fruitvale’s Favianna Rodriguez crowd-funds buying her family home–by selling art

If you don’t know who Favianna Rodriguez is by her iconic art, or just by living in Oakland, check out this story about her from our archives. She is an internationally-renowned artist and devoted activist but, because...

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