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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.
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 [...]
President Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP.

President Obama Speaks at Federal Prison, Calls for Criminal Justice Reform First President to Visit a Prison

President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 16, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Laney College, located next to Lake Merritt, serves nearly 12,000 students in Oakland and is the largest of the four Peralta Colleges. Photo courtesy of Verde Design.

Peralta Colleges Receive Accreditation Warnings

    Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda and Berkeley City College – the four community colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District – have been issued warnings and imposed probations by [...]
Scene of the June 6 police killing of Demouria Hogg, 30, in Oakland. Photo courtesy of ABC7 News.

Police Still Refuse to Release Evidence in Demouria Hogg Shooting Death OPD May be Breaking Law by Withholding Name of Officer Who Killed Hogg

Almost six weeks after the shooting death of Demouria Hogg, the Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland have not released information related to the killing, including the name of the OPD officer who [...]
Left to right, Dominique Parker, Renelle Malone, Kiyle Adams, Regina Jackson, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Destin Colbert and Fred Blackwell at the East Oakland Youth Development Center. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

The San Francisco Foundation Donates $34 Million to Oakland Nonprofits

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) announced on Tuesday that it is donating $34 million to a number of Oakland nonprofit community organizations, a gift of an anonymous donor.
Rev. Ben McBride, Andrea Marta, Rev. Michael McBride, Mollie Costello and Devonte Jackson discuss their community organizing at The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley.

Churches Respond to Terror with “Week of Righteous Resistance”

Sunday marked the beginning of a weeklong faith-based campaign to spread a message of resistance against bigotry and acts of systemic violence. Hundreds of churches, mosques and temples across the country are participating in the [...]
Members of the neighborhood group Eastlake United for Justice

City Seeks New Proposals for Lake Merritt E 12th Street Parcel

  The City of Oakland has quietly issued a new notice offering to sell or lease a city-owned parcel on East 12th Street near Lake Merritt that has been in limbo since the council pulled [...]