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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 [...]
The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times.

Measure to Repeal California’s Death Penalty Qualifies for November Ballot

By John Myers, L.A. Times   California voters will be asked this fall whether to repeal the state’s 38-year-old death penalty, as elections officials announced Friday that an initiative to abolish the law has earned [...]
Black Student Union members block Sather Gate at UC Berkeley in 2015. Photo courtesy of the Daily Californian.

Black Students Win Funding for Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center at UC Berkeley

After over 15 months of organizing, mobilizing, and negotiations, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley–in assistance with the African Black Coalition–, has reached an agreement with Chancellor Nicholas Dirks to secure a building and [...]
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Voters Will Decide on Recreational Pot Legalization

By Patrick McGreevy, L.A. Times   An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, and the campaign has a commanding lead in fundraising to [...]
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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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“Fruitvale Station” Co-Creator Ephraim Walker Finds Home at D Street Pictures

The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group, has tapped Ephraim Walker to be the President of Production of D Street Pictures, which has its West Coast office in Oakland.
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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. [...]