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Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to Oakland on Friday, April 10 and spoke with students, who are also military veterans, in PG&E's PowerPathway program, a six-week training that he says is important to advancing the national workforce. From left, IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell, PowerPathway student Elizabeth Torres, Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley. Photo: Ashley Chambers.

Vice President Biden Visits Oakland, Praises PG&E Program Program Trains Veterans and Unemployed

Students in the PG&E PowerPathway workforce development program have the opportunity to gain the skills needed to work in the utility industry – as welders, linemen, gas service representatives, and other positions – building a [...]
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Final Push to Rename South Branch Library for Tarea Hall Pittman

The Berkeley Board of Library Trustees will make a decision on renaming the South Branch Library after Tarea Hall Pittman at this month’s meeting, determining the outcome of a three-year-long, grassroots campaign. The effort to [...]
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UC Berkeley Supporters Hold Rally For Missing 43 Students in Mexico

Friends and family of 43 missing university students, “normalistas,” spoke at UC Berkeley last Friday, part of a tour throughout the United States to spread word about the mass kidnapping that has been rocking Mexico [...]

OP-ED: Oakland Needs Office of Race and Equity “Become comfortable with being uncomfortable"

By Desley Brooks It is widely known now that I have called for an office of Race and Equity to be established in the City of Oakland. Voices have risen up across our entire city [...]
Jacqueline Minor, General Counsel for the Oakland Unified School District.

Concerns Raised at OUSD Over Jackson’s $30,000 Per Month, Conflict of Interest Jackie Minor Sets Jackson’s Pay Rate, Says School Board Approval Not Necessary

Oakland Unified School District officials are struggling to explain why there is no conflict of interest in hiring Lance Jackson as the interim chief of the district’s bond-funded construction projects and that Jackson’s $30,000 a [...]
People look at the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, "The Ark of Return", after the unveiling event at the U.N. headquarters in New York, March 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz.

UN Unveils Memorial to Victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade

United Nations officials have unveiled a permanent memorial at the world body’s New York Headquarters to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies [...]
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OP-ED: When Police Plant Evidence, They also Plant Seeds of Distrust

By Publisher, Post News Group   The recent allegations involving Michigan Police officers who are being accused of planting evidence on a retired Black gentleman, along with dozens of other equally odious police confrontations around [...]
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Council Votes to Protect Businesses in the Path of Coliseum City Project

The City Council voted Tuesday to keep residential development out of the Oakland Airport Business Park, passing the Coliseum Area Specific Plan without the the zoning amendments that would allow market-rate condominiums and apartments to [...]
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Nation’s Largest LGBT Hails Kamala Harris’ Efforts to Stop Anti-gay Ballot Initiative

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, recently hailed California Attorney General Kamala Harris for seeking to stop an abhorrent and unconstitutional proposed ballot initiative that [...]
Senator Mark Leno

Senator Leno Introduces Bill to Close Ellis Act Loophole for San Francisco

Senator Mark Leno recently introduced new legislation that would help mitigate the negative impacts of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. Senate Bill 364 closes a loophole in the Ellis Act that allows speculators to [...]