Jesse's home got an almost complete makeover from Rebuilding Together Oakland. Photo courtesy of RTO. Share

Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland

“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview. Oakland city staff are currently working on a Housing...
Guitar Whitfield, photographed in the courtyard of St. Mary's Center by Laura McCamy Share

Growing number of Oakland seniors are homeless

Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself...
Photo of St. Joseph's Senior Apartments by Laura McCamy Share

Affordable housing out of reach for many low-income Oakland seniors

Gilbert Gibson, 67 — Bay Area born and bred — is, like so many other seniors, fighting to stay in the apartment where he has lived for 12 years. A graduate of Berkeley High, Mr. G , as he likes to be...
Ortencia, St. Mary's staffer Alita Manuel, Denise, and Guitar. Photograph by Laura McCamy Share

Gentrification takes a toll on Oakland seniors

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification. Ortencia is 82 and, like all...
Police Chief Sean Whent addresses West Oakland residents during a forum on Thursday at the Willie Keys Community Recreation Center. Share

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...
Street Outreach team members (from left) Adam Mayberry, Carla Hudson, Victor Pouncil, Ronald Gage. Share

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...
Community involved, like this East Oakland Night Walk organized by community groups, have contributed to lower crime, according to Oakland officials. Share

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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Family prepares to say goodbye to teenage homicide victim

Davon Ellis’ stepmother described him as a kind, inquisitive and happy kid who easily made friends and always had a smile on his face. “His smile made a whole room change, something I looked forward to...
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Is Oakland’s decline in homicide a predictor of violent trends?

Oakland’s homicide rate: we study it, write about it, talk about it, and in some devastating cases, experience it. News anchors report on it without even blinking — a string of words that, when iterated...
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Let’s fix the voter turnout gap

by Zainab Badi California is failing millions of eligible voters, many of them here in Oakland. Our state’s voter turnout in the most recent election was historically low: Only 42 percent of registered...