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Oakland Raiders defensive back T.J. Carrie (38) joins Sam Williams, and Raiderettes Monica B and Courtney in speaking to students at Oakland’s Fremont High School in conjunction with the “Banking On Our Future” program as part of U.S. Bank/Operation Hope’s Financial Literacy event. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS.COM.

Oakland Raiders Speak with Students About Financial Literacy

Students at Fremont High School learned the importance of money management from two men with ties to both the Bay Area and the Oakland Raiders.   Oakland Raiders player T.J. Carrie and former player Sam [...]
Left to right, Deborah Geddins and Irma Geddins stand next to a mural of their father, Bob Geddins. Photo by Adam Turner.

Family to Honor Oakland Blues Pioneer Bob Geddins

Even though blues pioneer Bob Geddins wrote and produced numerous national hit records between 1948 and 1961 – by such blues and R&B artists as Lowell Fulson, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Jimmy McCracklin, the Oakland [...]
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (right), with Javier Arango (left), speaks at the Wounded Places film screening and panel discussion at the Grand Lake Theater.

Film “Wounded Places” Sheds Light on Effects of PTSD on Children

In an effort to engage the community in a conversation around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its affects on children living in impoverished circumstances, the film “Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in America’s Shell-Shocked [...]
Councilmember Abel Guillen.

Vote on Luxury Apartment Tower in Guillen’s District Postponed, Council Seeks More Community Benefits

A number of Oakland residents are waiting to see what the City Council will do next after protesters shut down the May 5 council meeting where the council was scheduled to authorize the sale of [...]
Lance Jackson, COO of Seville Group Inc., is the new interim chief of the Facilities and Planning Department for the Oakland school district.

OUSD Consultant Lance Jackson’s Company Sued in Corruption Scandal

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is paying consultant Lance Jackson to head its Facilities Planning and Management Department through the district’s contract with Seville Group Inc. (SGI), while Jackson continues working as an executive [...]
Demonstrators rallied on Thursday outside the Rotunda building in downtown Oakland, 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.

McElhaney Puts Damper on Tagami’s Coal Plan

News has spread of developer Phil Tagami’s action to negotiate a deal with four counties in Utah to ship coal to a new export terminal at the Oakland Army Base that could begin operation as [...]
Bart

OP-ED: BART Hires Georgia Firm for Disparity Study, Ignores Qualified Cheaper Local Bidder

By Barbara J. Thomson   Despite BART board policy to contract with small local businesses, the Board of Directors at their April 9 meeting voted unanimously to award a contract to study discrimination in contracting [...]

OP-ED: Oakland Needs a Department to Address Institutionalized Injustice

Two-thirds of the people who live in Oakland are not white and Oakland has a long history of struggle for racial justice.   Yet the situation of most whites is quite different from the situation [...]
Oakland Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson.

Intel Partners with Oakland Schools to Expand Computer, Engineering Programs

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) celebrated a new partnership with Intel that will expand computer science and engineering offerings in the district and is designed to create a technology jobs pipeline from Oakland public schools [...]