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Developer Loses Financial Backer for East 12th Street Luxury Apartments

  Urban Core Development has lost it financial backer after the City of Oakland agreed to seek a new bid for the property at East 12th Street by Lake Merritt. The developer is now seeking [...]
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.
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 [...]
President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo courtesy of Evan Vucci / AP.

Obama: People Should Be Punished, But Not Sentenced to Life

Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post   The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, [...]