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Beyond Police Chief Batts - (Posted on: January, 19 2011 at 01:27 PM)

               Oakland is reeling after Police Chief Anthony Batts announced he is a finalist for the chief’s job in San Jose. Mayor Jean Quan and City Council President Larry Reid both said Batts had assured them he would stay put. Reaction has ranged from disappointment to anger. People have predicted the sky will fall when Batts leaves. Others have said he owes the city and should stay.
 

Mayor Jean Quan focuses on East Oakland neighborhood - (Posted on: January, 12 2011 at 06:19 PM)

      In an interview with The OakBook, then Mayor-Elect Jean Quan promised to focus on an East Oakland neighborhood where she observed illegal dumping and other signs of poverty and blight while she was campaigning. She didn’t waste anytime. In her first week in office, she and Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan, along with 50 volunteers, went door to door in the area bordered by 82nd and 98th Avenues, International and San Leandro Boulevards, known as Beat 33 in the police department.
 

Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - (Posted on: January, 17 2011 at 01:13 PM)

     The favorite theme of speakers and commentators this year is to contrast King’s philosophy with the horrific violence last week in Tucson, in which a mentally unstable young man shot 20 people, killing six and wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The bickering that immediately followed the shooting seemed to squander the opportunity to respond with a more civil political debate, however it seems King’s legacy has encouraged us to take a collective deep breath and step back from the acrimonious debate.  
 

Oakland Organizations in New Grassroots Environmental Coalition - (Posted on: January, 10 2011 at 01:40 PM)

         A broad new coalition that helped defeat Proposition 23 is looking forward to new opportunities to flex its political muscles and several Oakland organizations are in the mix. Recognizing the potential threat of Proposition 23, which would have suspended California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, progressive organizers launched an unprecedented outreach effort to the state’s communities of color.
 

Mayor Jean Quan focuses on East Oakland neighborhood - (Posted on: January, 12 2011 at 06:19 PM)

      In an interview with The OakBook, then Mayor-Elect Jean Quan promised to focus on an East Oakland neighborhood where she observed illegal dumping and other signs of poverty and blight while she was campaigning. She didn’t waste anytime. In her first week in office, she and Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan, along with 50 volunteers, went door to door in the area bordered by 82nd and 98th Avenues, International and San Leandro Boulevards, known as Beat 33 in the police department.
 

The Oakland Weekend - (Posted on: January, 13 2011 at 01:45 PM)

A fiery Crucible show, world music, an improv and audience participatory variety show, a book discussion of an anthology on the working class, a star-studded musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 

Oakland's Secret Weapon. Her Residents. - (Posted on: January, 05 2011 at 05:29 PM)

  More than 1,000 people came to Mayor Jean Quan’s open house at City Hall Monday night, revealing one of the city’s secret weapons – its residents. People were invited to learn about city services and volunteer opportunities to help fellow Oaklanders. Quan, who has a background in community organizing, hopes to sign up 2,000 volunteers in  “The Mayor’s 2,000 Volunteer Project.” In Oakland, that shouldn’t be a problem
 

Oakland Organizations in New Grassroots Environmental Coalition - (Posted on: January, 10 2011 at 01:40 PM)

         A broad new coalition that helped defeat Proposition 23 is looking forward to new opportunities to flex its political muscles and several Oakland organizations are in the mix. Recognizing the potential threat of Proposition 23, which would have suspended California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, progressive organizers launched an unprecedented outreach effort to the state’s communities of color.
 

The First Real Oakland Weekend Of The Year - (Posted on: January, 06 2011 at 06:24 PM)

Mickey Mouse Magic, Indie Rock, Alternative Hip Hop, Opera and Laney Women's Basketball
 

City Slicker Farms brings fresh produce and gardens to West Oakland - (Posted on: January, 03 2011 at 12:53 PM)

West Oakland is hurting for good food. There are more than three-dozen liquor stores, and just one grocery outlet. Poverty and pollution rates are high in Oakland’s oldest section. Finding healthy, affordable food there can be difficult.