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Communications conundrum: Should Oakland trash its 911 radio system and spend millions to join the county system?

The City of Oakland is has been quietly working on its radio communications issues by updating its old equipment and renovating  its dispatch center. On Tuesday, July 8, the finance committee of the City...
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Neighbors ask for details at Oakland Coliseum area planning workshop

There is a plan to build new sports arenas and new housing in the area around the Oakland Coliseum and residents got a preview of that plan last week. Those attending expressed interest in developing the area...
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New Oakland schools superintendent promises action (Video)

The first day on the job, Oakland Unified’s new superintendent Antwan Wilson said OUSD is not going to ignore problems sometimes considered  “too hard” for school districts to overcome, such as the...
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Oakland rents on the rise

According to data provided by Axiometrics, a firm that analyzes data on rental properties, Oakland’s rental housing prices grew 10% last year, making it the sixth hottest growth market for rental housing in...
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Gun violence in Oakland: Where do guns come from?

There have already been 38 murders in Oakland this year, according to police statistics last updated on June 22. When it comes to aggravated assaults with a firearm, there have been 176, and robberies with a...
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Bay Area nonprofits fly to New Orleans for #YesWeCode hackathon

At this year’s Essence Festival, New Orleans youth will join technologists, developers, designers and community leaders in a hackathon to build their own solutions for problems affecting their neighborhoods....
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Without net neutrality, how are Oakland’s communities affected?

Viewing an episode of your favorite show may become a matter of speed, fast or slow. Trying to watch that season finale of Game of Thrones or that premiere of Orange is the New Black could become an experience...
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New horizons in undocumented immigration in Alameda County

At its most literal, the issue of undocumented immigration is about a piece of paper. Now, in Alameda County, that rings true in more ways than one. Last month, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office issued...
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Oakland Animal Services to be reformed, standalone department

The Oakland City Council passed legislation last week to reform Oakland Animal Services and make it independent from the Oakland Police Department. Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan (At Large),...
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Oakland marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Last Wednesday night I attended “Freedom Summer School” in Oakland. And unlike any other class I’ve ever attended, the “students”—nearly 2,000 of them—piled into the “classroom” at Beebe...