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The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, formerly called Oakland Municipal Auditorium. Photo taken in 1915, courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library.

City Asks Orton Development to Rehabilitate Kaiser Convention Center

  The City of Oakland this week voted unanimously to enter into a one-year exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA) with Orton Development to renovate the historic Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center next to Lake Merritt.
From left, Deborah Day, children's book vendor, Laney College President Dr. Elnora T. Webb, Almaz Yihdego, director of Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment Services after school program), and poet Marvin X .

Laney College President Webb Speaks at Youth Empowerment Fundraiser

    The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) afterschool program fundraising event was presented this past Sunday at Humanist Hall in Oakland.     Speakers and community members at the event included Orville Ellis, a teacher [...]
Those who attended the celebration for Men and Women of Purpose on Saturday, July 18 included: (from left) the Walker family, Gerald Hatchett, Sims Medal (program sponsor), Don, Vice Mayor Jael Myrick, Spud, Letitia Attaway and granddaughter, Antwon Cloird (program founder and COO), Frank Hancock (program leadership staff), Kathleen Sullivan (BWOPA Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter), Sonya Hancock, Lauren, Will, Sam, and Timothy Walker. Photo by Joe L. Fisher.

Men and Women of Purpose Celebrate Three Years of Community Building

  A program that works to mentor formerly incarcerated individuals in West Contra Costa County celebrated three years of its work helping to rebuild communities on Saturday, July 18.
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City Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance Gentrifying neighborhood threatens historic venue’s survival, according to staff.

  Humanist Hall, a non-theistic church that has been a cultural resource for under-served communities in Oakland since 1941, has been designated a public nuisance by the City of Oakland, based on complaints of neighborhood [...]
A coalition of protesters opposing the E. 12th Street luxury tower shut down the Oakland City Council on May 4. Photo courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

Eastlake Neighbors Say “Fight Continues” to Stop E. 12th Street Luxury Tower

    A group of neighbors who are leading the fight against the luxury apartment tower by Lake Merritt – Eastlake United for Justice – is saying it is determined to keep public pressure on [...]
Bay Area residents, environmental activists and health advocates rally in front of City Hall demanding a stop to coal export talks. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Coal’s Health Dangers Spark Local Debate

  As hundreds rallied at Oakland City Hall Tuesday protesting possible coal shipments through the developing Oakland Army Base, health concerns were one of the key issues that people raised.
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Rally Says: “No Way, No Coal”

  A coalition of environmental groups, concerned residents and local leaders held a rally on the steps of City Hall Tuesday demanding, “No coal in Oakland,” opposing a potential project to export the fossil fuel [...]