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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...
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Seniors age in place in Oakland’s Chinatown

Above the storefronts, seniors gather during the day to play mahjong, socialize, even practice Chinese opera. “There’s a life here that you would never know,” said Tamiko Wong, executive director of...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Activists against police violence organize for justice in Oakland and beyond

In 2014, Oakland Police Beat looked at the extent of civil rights complaints against the Oakland Police Department (OPD) through a survey of court cases. In talking with civil rights attorneys with experience...
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New BRT rapid transit line may help seniors age in place in East Oakland

As AC Transit begins construction on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on International Boulevard in Oakland, we wanted to take a moment to consider the impact of the new transit design on one population that relies...
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City of Oakland expands Parklet Pilot Program

On September 19 (Parking Day), Oakland announced issued a Notice of Parklet Opportunity (NPO). This marked the opening of the second round of Oakland’s Parklet Pilot Program. In September 2011, the city...
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Chamber-sponsored Oakland mayoral debate draws diverse crowd

At a mayoral forum hosted by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night, several languages could be heard spoken among the crowd that filled Impact HUB Oakland before the candidates filed on...
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Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to...