From left to right: Jacob Gonzales, Cedric Housal, Oscar Arciniega, Baldomero Perez, Grey Kolevson.
People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO) this past weekend held its 23rd anniversary celebration, this year honoring young people who are making a difference in the community and journalists who have investigated Oakland police practices that may prompt a federal takeover of the department.
Located at 3528 Foothill Blvd. in Oakland, PUEBLO advocates for the needs of low-income residents of the city, most of them people of color, by grassroots organizing, offering leadership training and initiating policy reform.
Among the young people and instructors who were recognized Nov. 10 at the Jack London Aquatic Center were Frankie Bremner, who directs Youth Greening Oakland; Rosa Arciniega, who teaches cooking classes “Cocina de Pueblo” at Castlemont and MetWest high schools; Jacob Gonzales, who has specialized in understanding all of the tools in the shop and how they work. “He is extremely dedicated and is the best employee that we could hope for.”;
Cedric Housal, who has learned to diagnose and repair cars. “He can talk with customers and provide good customer service and help in every aspect of running a small business.”; Oscar Arciniega, auto mechanics instructor; Baldomero Perez, who can inspect, diagnose, and fix an entire car by himself; and Grey Kolevson; Leon Dockery, instructor; Latonya Short, digital technology; Tyrone Taylor, who has a good grasp of tool applications; and Anthony Ridings, who shows proficiency with a wide range of portable tools
This year’s recipient of the PUEBLO Community Leadership Award went to the East Bay Express, editor Robert Gammon and journalists Ali Winston and Joaquin Palomino, for a series of investigative reports on the Oakland Police Department.