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Katie Webster

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Blues Piano Queen Katie Webster, From West Oakland to World Fame

Blues pianist Katie Webster contributed to countless records by the likes of Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester and Lightnin’ Slim, and recorded some of her own featuring her robust contralto pipes.
Demonstrators rallied outside the Rotunda building in downtown Oakland in May, 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.

Public Hearing on Coal Set for Sept. 21

The Oakland City Council will hold a hearing on Monday, Sept. 21 to allow the public to voice its opinions on the export of coal through the Oakland Army Base.
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.
Environmental activists rallied recently in front of Oakland Army Base
developer Phil Tagami ‘s office. Photo courtesy of Occupy Oakland.

Schaaf: “We will not have coal shipped through our city.”

In a sharp email exchange, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has blasted local developer Phil Tagami for moving ahead with a deal to export coal out of the former Oakland Army Base.
WBC/USNBC Middleweight Champion
Tony Hirsch with his champion belt.

Champion Fighter Tony Hirsch Fighting for Peace

Whether you’re looking to have some fun, get in a good workout or train for a competition, boxing is a great outlet to get in shape and stay active, according to champion fighter Tony Hirsch. [...]
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 [...]
A pile of coal sits near the Crandall Canyon Mine northwest of Huntington. Mining experts say Utah has about 40-45 years of coal left. Photo courtesy of Kristin Nichols, Deseret Morning News.

Tagami’s Behind-the-Scenes Deal to Bring Coal to Oakland Draws Opposition

Now that the Oakland Army Base development project is well underway, city developer and project manager Phil Tagami is working on a behind-the-scenes $53 million deal to ship coal from Utah through the new Oakland [...]
Josie Dean.

Josie Dean Celebrates 95 Years

Family and friends joined together on Sunday, April 26 to celebrate the 95th birthday of Josie Dean, a longtime Oakland resident and former schoolteacher.   During the celebration held at Ashland Community Center in San [...]
Top from left: Tom Bowden, Commemoration Plaque on 7th Street for “Terrible Tom” Bowden, Fillmore Slim. Bottom: Richard Younger, Skip Hudson, Michael Skinner, Niklas Nordstrom, and Bernard Anderson. Photos by Godfrey Lee.

“Terrible Tom” Bowden Brings the Blues Back to 7th Street

By Roberta Cobb and Godfrey Lee   “Terrible Tom” Bowden brought the Blues back to 7th Street in West Oakland on Friday, March 20.   Bowden, Fillmore Slim, and their special guests performed at One [...]