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Paint peeling off the exterior of a house. Photo courtesy of Standard Home Inspections.

What Should Oakland Residents Do to Avoid Toxic Lead Contamination? Fruitvale district has highest levels of lead poisoning in California, worse than Flint

Toxic lead levels are dangerously high in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, which has the highest level of contamination in California and are worse than in Flint, Michigan, according to a national report recently published by Reuters.
Demonstrators rallied outside the Rotunda building in downtown Oakland in May, where Phil Tagami’s California Capital & Investment Group is located, calling on him to keep his promise not to bring coal into Oakland. Photo by Ethan Buckner.

Oakland Community Groups Respond to Coal Lawsuit

Local community leaders are responding to news that Oakland developer Phil Tagami has gone to federal court to overturn the City Council’s vote in June to block the export of coal through the city.
Whitney Dotson (pictured in middle with gray beard), Photo by San Francisco Bay Trail organization.

Breuner Marsh Renamed After Dotson Family

Courtesy of Richmond Standard   Breuner Marsh, a 60-acre wetland at Pt. Pinole Regional Park, has been renamed after the Dotson family, who fought hard to prevent the section of Richmond shoreline from development.
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UC Berkeley joins CyberTran to Solve Traffic Congestion

  UC Berkeley announced this week that it has joined forces with CyberTran International Inc. (CTI), Stantec, a global Architecture and Engineering firm, and a group of small businesses to apply jointly to the MacArthur [...]
Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan stands in solidarity at a No DAPL rally in Frank Ogawa plaza.

Oaklanders Back Native American Activists at Standing Rock City Council unanimously supports activists fghting North Dakota oil pipeline

When Oakland resident Rosa Aqeel first heard about protests over an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota, she immediately felt compelled to show her support.
Visitors enjoy the “Protect the Sacred” exhibit at the Intertribal Friendship House on Wednesday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

From Oakland to Standing Rock: Native American Activists Back Struggle to Protect the Sacred

Dozens of community members gathered Wednesday evening at the Intertribal Friendship House in East Oakland for the opening of an art exhibit highlighting the ongoing struggle by Native American activists to halt the construction of [...]