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Kharyshi Wiginton Challenges West Oakland School Board Incumbent Pro-charter school groups pour $70,000 into District 3 campaign

Two-term incumbent Jumoke Hinton Hodge is facing three challengers to represent District 3 on the Oakland Board of Education in a race that is focusing on the school board’s infatuation with charter schools, lack of [...]
Oakland Port Services’ CEO Bill Aboudi stands in front of his 24-hour mini-mart and truck scales for Port of Oakland truckers and longshoremen. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Port Moves to Evict Business That Keeps Big Trucks Off West Oakland Streets

Oakland Port Services, a locally owned small business that provides unique services for independent truck drivers at the Port of Oakland, has received an eviction notice after negotiations for relocation on port land fell through.
Many recyclers gain their only source of income by hauling their recyclables to Alliance Metals in West Oakland, a recycling center now facing closure. Photo courtesy of Street Spirit.

Oakland Shutting Down a Recycling Center, Destroys Lifeline for Homeless Neighbors complained that seeing shopping carts in the street was a nuisance, and the city listened

By Rena Rickles, Street Spirit More than 400 customers of Alliance Metals, a West Oakland recycling center, will lose their only source of income once the center is closed down in August due to complaints [...]
After being shuttered for eight years, OUSD reopened the McClymonds High School pool on Tuesday, Nov. 3. McClymonds senior Jared Utley takes a splash! Photo by Ashley Chambers.

McClymonds Makes A Big Splash with Pool Reopening

  McClymonds High School is making new waves with the reopening this week of its school pool this week, which has been shuttered for eight years.   For community members who have mobilized to preserve [...]
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As Gentrification Intensifies, Cultural Spaces and Houses of Worship Threatened Coalition of faith-based and cultural workers joins to protect sacred spaces, Say Speakers at Post Salon

Oakland and other Bay Area cities are in the throes of a market-driven surge in evictions and rent increases, as long-term residents, small businesses and nonprofit agencies are being pushed out of their communities at [...]
Drummers of the SambaFunk! Funkquarians perform with members of the public at Lake Merritt in protest. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Is Oakland a “Sanctuary City” for Its Sanctuaries? Gentrifiers cause the city to use police and fines to punish drummers, churches and creative artists

  Black churches in Oakland are being asked to moderate their worship voices after neighbors have made noise complaints to the city about the volume of the gospel that is reaching beyond the church walls.
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.