It’s Art & Soul and  First Friday, but that is no reason to miss these news stories:

As possible BART strike looms, officials call for weekend deal – 

Thursday marked the end of a 30-day contract extension that both sides accepted after a 4 1/2-day strike last month. What now?

Oakland: Top cop rips OPD over violent protests – Inside Bay Area

Fixing the department’s intelligence system will now become a top priority that must be addressed before federal oversight of the department is lifted, Frazier wrote.

KQED: Court Rules Oscar Grant’s Father, Friends Can Sue Mehserle, BART Officers


A federal appeals court says Oscar’s Grant father can proceed with a civil rights lawsuit against Johannes Mehserle, the BART officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.


 Oakland hopes Latham Square Plaza brings Uptown vibe to city center – Inside Bay Area 

The pilot plaza, funded through a $200,000 state grant, will extend Latham Square by filling the adjacent block of Telegraph with built-in and free-standing furniture that will allow planners to test out different arrangements for the final design. There will be room for more than 100 people and seating for about 50, Passmore said.


About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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