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...
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5 facts to keep in mind when dining out on the Town this Valentine’s Day

Oakland’s minimum wage increase from $9 an hour to $12.25 was passed this November by an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote. Potentially, this means more money circulating within our local economy, more...
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Minimum Wage and Lift Up Oakland: The Morning After

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger Much has happened since I wrote my original piece in Oakland Local about minimum wage, Lift Up Oakland, and why I supported a higher wage for my...
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Remembering Bay Area hip-hop icon The Jacka

On Monday, Feb. 2, Dominic Newton, known more commonly by the stage name The Jacka, was shot and killed on the 9400 block of MacArthur Blvd. in East Oakland at around 8:15 p.m. According to sources at NBC...
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“Starving the beast” of juvenile institutions by reinvesting in our community

The “beast” of America’s ravenous juvenile justice system is gobbling up our tax money, government resources, and most importantly, our kids. On January 14 at Impact Hub Oakland, people were lined...