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Alvina Wong (right) translated the concerns of several Chinatown community members at the Planning Commission
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Oakland Chinatown Development Approved Despite Community Displacement Concerns

The Planning Commission recently voted 4-2 to approve the W12 project, which will bring two, seven-story market rate apartment buildings to Oakland Chinatown. The 416-unit development is slated to go along 12th street between Webster [...]
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Renovated Opera House Pumps New Life into Bay View

Officials and community members from around San Francisco were on hand at Third and Oakdale streets, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the Bay View Opera House.
From left to right: Orson Aguilar, President, Greenlining Institute; Post Publisher Paul Cobb; Gay Plair Cobb, CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council; and Councilmember Noel Gallo attended the medical cannabis mixer on Sunday.

Hundreds Attend Oakland Medical Cannabis Mixer for Drug War Victims

The City of Oakland held a medical cannabis mixer on Sunday, to allow Oaklanders interested in medical cannabis permits and who satisfy the equity program criteria to explore partnership opportunities and learn more about the [...]
Wares sold by an African vendor at the 2015 Umoja Festival.

Oakland Festivals Celebrate African Heritage

Facing down the threats of gentrification, three Black producers are keeping African and African American heritage alive in Oakland.   On Aug. 20, Effie Tesfahun is holding the 4th Umoja Festival in West Oakland’s Lowell [...]
Renderings of Uber's headquarters in downtown Oakland by Steelblue.

Open Letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Dear Mr. Kalanick,   When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, he said, “Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can [...]
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Oakland’s Own Breathing Aerobics Teacher Moonlights as an Uber/Lyft Driver

Jonathan “Fitness” Jones, the creator of Breathing Aerobics, teaches Oakland and San Francisco techies quick and simple deep breathing techniques that help them manage work place stress and increase their creative energy. &
The choir at Bethel A.M.E. Church during celebration service. Credit Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

City Honors Bethel AME Organist Samuel Bennett

Professor Samuel Bennett, lead organist and church musician at Bethel AME Church, was honored last Sunday with a proclamation from San Francisco City Hall for his commitment to music and church service.
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Peralta Colleges Town Hall Meeting for Community’s Students

Chancellor Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre Peralta Community College District will hold a town hall meeting, “Getting the Community in Community College,” Tuesday, Aug. 9, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd. [...]