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Opinion: Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools | Oakland Post Opinion: Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools
By Dirk Tillotson The meek will not inherit the earth in Oakland’s system of public school choice. Given the likelihood of school closings, they may inherit the dirt of a shuttered school, and the scraps of opportunities left after others have chosen first. Many families don’t know it, but now is the time to apply […] The post Opinion: Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 16, 2017
Mary Cobb-Hill, 72 Impresario of the Negro Spiritual | Oakland Post Mary Cobb-Hill, 72 Impresario of the Negro Spiritual
Mary Alice Cobb-Hill was born in Oakland, March 16, 1945. She passed away on December 9, 2017 at Kaiser Hospital, Richmond after suffering a stroke. Mary was known throughout the Bay Area as an impresario of the Negro Spiritual. She performed as a soloist, arranger, teacher, choir director, poet, pianist and playwright. The “Celebration of […] The post Mary Cobb-Hill, 72 Impresario of the Negro Spiritual appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 15, 2017
Oakland School Board Reduces Mid-Year Cuts from $15.1 Million to $9 Million | Oakland Post Oakland School Board Reduces Mid-Year Cuts from $15.1 Million to $9 Million
Recent protest at Oakland Board of Education meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein. The Oakland Board of Education slashed $9 million from its budget this week, reversing about 40 percent of proposed cuts in the face of an outpouring of protest from parents, teachers and students at school sites. The board voted 6 to 1 Wednesday evening […] The post Oakland School Board Reduces Mid-Year Cuts from $15.1 Million to $9 Million appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 15, 2017
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Host Scholarship Dinner | Oakland Post Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Host Scholarship Dinner
Left to Right: Beverly Greene, Schatzie Allen Jefferson and  Dana Lang celebrate at the COMTO Scholarship Dinner. The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) of Northern California held its 14th Annual Holiday Dinner and Scholarship Awards Program at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland on December 8th. The event brought together individuals and organizations making […] The post Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Host Scholarship Dinner appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 15, 2017
Oakland North’s 2017 year in review — our top stories | Oakland North Oakland North’s 2017 year in review — our top stories
2017 brought a new group of student reporters to Oakland North from across the country and the globe. They covered a city in flux: a housing and homelessness crisis that shows no sign of abating, a school district facing millions in budget cuts, a citywide crackdown on warehouse spaces in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire, and local reactions to the new immigration and sanctuary city polices coming out of...
Oakland North | December 15, 2017
Opinion: Where Are the Lights? | Oakland Post Opinion: Where Are the Lights?
By Joshua Coello Do you ever imagine what kids from Oakland go through on a daily? Do you wonder if your house bills are paid? Well, now imagine you’re a high school freshmen that lives with a single parent in a crowded house full of people with no electricity because of a lack of money. […] The post Opinion: Where Are the Lights? appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 15, 2017
Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency | Oakland North Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency
Community members and city officials struggle to confront the the epidemic of hundreds of Oakland residents--most of them black, many of them elders--sleeping on the streets due to to skyrocketing rents and a lack of affordable housing.
Oakland North | December 14, 2017
Community Celebrates Acts Cyrene Apartments – 59 Affordable Units In East Oakland | Oakland Post Community Celebrates Acts Cyrene Apartments – 59 Affordable Units In East Oakland
Over 100 community members recently gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Acts Cyrene Apartments at 9400 International Boulevard. The 59-unit mixed used family development in East Oakland at 94th avenue was 10 years in the making, the dream of Bishop Bob Jackson, founder, and pastor of Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ […] The post Community Celebrates Acts Cyrene Apartments – 59 Affordable Units In East Oakland appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 14, 2017
With Love Never Fails, Vanessa Russell reaches out to sex trafficking survivors | Oakland North With Love Never Fails, Vanessa Russell reaches out to sex trafficking survivors
According to the State of California Department of Justice, human trafficking is the world's fastest-growing criminal enterprise, bringing in $32 billion dollars a year globally. Vanessa Russell founded Love Never Fails in 2011 to fight human trafficking in the Bay Area. She was inspired to start the organization after she found out that a student of hers was being sex-trafficked throughout California.
Oakland North | December 14, 2017
Steph Curry Donates New Uniforms/Equipment to McClymond’s High | Oakland Post Steph Curry Donates New Uniforms/Equipment to McClymond’s High
From left to right: McClymonds High School Basketball team; Jalen Holmes, Darren Sun, De’Oveion Rawlings, NBA star Steph Curry, Garyon’tae Smith, Jakarri Lindsey, Waleed Saeed, Coach Adrian McCullough. Last Saturday, a star of the Golden State Warrior’s visited some very special warriors in West Oakland at McClymonds High School. NBA star Steph Curry, gifted the […] The post Steph Curry Donates New Uniforms/Equipment to McClymond’s High appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 14, 2017
KNOCKED OUT: Oakland’s Espresso Gourmet Caffe’  to Close After 25 Years’ | Oakland Post KNOCKED OUT: Oakland’s Espresso Gourmet Caffe’  to Close After 25 Years’
‘Amal Sikaffy, owner of Espresso Gourmet Caffe’, will close her doors at the end of the year Downtown Oakland is rapidly changing. The skyline is making room for new high rises as older structures are demolished. More commonly, new management is hiking up the rent, and thus, uprooting traditional businesses to make room for a […] The post KNOCKED OUT: Oakland’s Espresso Gourmet Caffe’  to Close After 25 Years’ appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 14, 2017
Peralta Community College District’s Study Abroad Programs | Oakland Post Peralta Community College District’s Study Abroad Programs
By Drew Gephart, PCCD International Services Manager The Study Abroad Program at Peralta Community College District (PCCD) advances international education and assists to provide student access to education worldwide. Since 2012, over 300 students have participated in PCCD’s Study Abroad Program.  These students are served by the PCCD Office of International Education, whose mission is to improve […] The post Peralta Community College District’s Study Abroad Programs appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 14, 2017
Oakland school board votes for $9 million in budget cuts | Oakland North Oakland school board votes for $9 million in budget cuts
In a six to one vote, the Oakland Unified School District school board voted to cut $9 million from the district’s budget on Wednesday night. Earlier in the afternoon, members of the Oakland Education Association assembled at Lake Merritt to protest the proposed cuts, then marched down the streets toward La Escuelita Elementary School, where the board meeting would take place. Olivia Udovic, a parent and teacher at Oakland Montessori...
Oakland North | December 14, 2017
Oakland school district hosts high school fair | Oakland North Oakland school district hosts high school fair
As Oaklanders approach the middle of the academic school year, both parents and middle school students are beginning to plan ahead by figuring out which high school will be the best fit for them next year. The Oakland Unified School District hosted a high school fair at Roosevelt Middle School on December 6, which attracted  approximately 30 parents and students. During the fair, they had the chance visit with different...
Oakland North | December 13, 2017
The Real Work Starts After Work for Valerie Valentina | Oakland Post The Real Work Starts After Work for Valerie Valentina
By Bobby Mardis Valerie Valentina is not unlike most entrepreneurs who have a mission of working for themselves and doing what they love.  Valerie is an amazing clothing designer who happens to have a day job at the San Francisco Muni as a supervisor, however, the real work starts when she gets home. Valerie finds […] The post The Real Work Starts After Work for Valerie Valentina appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 13, 2017
Oakland school district tests water at schools for lead | Oakland North Oakland school district tests water at schools for lead
Following the discovery of lead in the water at McClymonds High School in August, water testing has begun throughout the entire Oakland Unified School District. Currently, 13 additional schools in the district have been reported to have lead in their water. At a school board meeting on November 8, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell read from a statement regarding the status of lead of Oakland schools. “In August 2017, water safety concerns...
Oakland North | December 13, 2017
The Town Kitchen offers job skills, second chances, to the formerly incarcerated | Oakland North The Town Kitchen offers job skills, second chances, to the formerly incarcerated
Fresh bread is baking in the oven. Feet shuffle swiftly along the kitchen floors. Chefs begin bagging and packing food to go. Two deliverers place big black boxes on carts to wheel to their vehicle. Inside each one are several neatly packaged white boxes filled with lunch orders. About seven people dance around the kitchen to assist them with the deliveries. Smooth 90’s R&B plays in the background while the...
Oakland North | December 13, 2017
Refugee advocate with criminal past changes life, helps others | Oakland North Refugee advocate with criminal past changes life, helps others
Nghiep Ke Lam remembers when he learned that “violence is okay.” He was around 8 or 9 years old and was living in San Francisco, California. He still often thinks of the moment when six bullies surrounded him and told him, “You have two choices.” The first choice was to fight with one of them; the second choice was to be beaten up. Lam pointed out one kid and said,...
Oakland North | December 12, 2017
Building a skateboarding community at DeFremery Park in Oakland | Oakland North Building a skateboarding community at DeFremery Park in Oakland
Skateboarder at DeFremery Park mentors young Oakland and Berkeley skateboarders
Oakland North | December 12, 2017
African hair salon gives black women a community | Oakland North African hair salon gives black women a community
Cynthia Obleton was born and raised in Abandze, a coastal town in Ghana’s Central Region. She started braiding at age fifteen and opened her first salon at seventeen. In 2010, Obleton moved from Ghana to Oakland, where she started a braiding business at her house. In 2014, she opened Sankofa Braiding and Natural HairCare in South Berkeley. She says she wants her salon to be a place where black women feel...
Oakland North | December 12, 2017
Ghost Ship resident describes terrifying fire scene like ‘horror movie’ | East Bay Times Ghost Ship resident describes terrifying fire scene like ‘horror movie’
When the deadly fire broke out last year, a woman sitting in a wicker chair on the first floor was screaming, urging people not to come downstairs, a former resident testified on Tuesday.
East Bay Times | December 12, 2017
Suspect at East Oakland home surrenders to police | East Bay Times Suspect at East Oakland home surrenders to police
Police were outside an East Oakland residence Tuesday afternoon trying to get a warrant suspect to surrender
East Bay Times | December 12, 2017
Oaklanders race (and crash) self-driving DIY Robocars | Oakland North Oaklanders race (and crash) self-driving DIY Robocars
Every month, a group of technology enthusiasts meet in an Oakland warehouse to build tiny self-driving cars. “DIY Robocars” was organized by Chris Anderson, who also runs drone company 3DR. While these cheap, disposable cars aren’t as sophisticated as the ones being developed by Tesla or Google, Anderson says that the advantage of using these “Robocars” is that there is lots of room to fail.
Oakland North | December 12, 2017
Impressions by Land | Oakland Local Impressions by Land
               Manna Gallery is delighted to open 2018 with “Impressions by Land”, an exhibition of California encaustic landscapes from Bay Area printmaker Karen Gallagher Iverson. This exhibit opens Friday January 5 and continues through Saturday February 10. Karen will be at the opening reception on Saturday, January 13th from […] The post Impressions by Land appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 12, 2017
BRUCE IRVIN NAMED RAIDERS’ NOMINEE FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD | Oakland Post BRUCE IRVIN NAMED RAIDERS’ NOMINEE FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Alameda, Calif. – Bruce Irvin is the Raiders’ nominee for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, it was announced today. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, Irvin was selected as the Raiders’ Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award. Considered […] The post BRUCE IRVIN NAMED RAIDERS’ NOMINEE FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 12, 2017
Birthing inequities: combatting racial disparities in the health of newborns | Oakland North Birthing inequities: combatting racial disparities in the health of newborns
This article is part of “Birthing Inequities,” an Oakland North project on maternal and infant health disparities in Oakland.  In 2003, while she was carrying her third child, Tanisha Fuller had to convince her hospital caretakers that something was really wrong. Six months pregnant, and unsure of what was happening to her, she’d rushed to the emergency room with pain in her back, feeling like she couldn’t breathe. At the...
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Competing to compete: The rise of Oakland student athletes | Oakland North Competing to compete: The rise of Oakland student athletes
Some athletes have a strong passion for their sport, and play it recreationally. Others play their sports because they rely on them to escape the stress of their daily life. And still thers depend on their performance to land them an athletic scholarship, and compete within the Oakland Athletic League hoping to get recruited to college teams and compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level. In this series, three Oakland...
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Behind the scenes at Oakland’s women-run art spaces | Oakland North Behind the scenes at Oakland’s women-run art spaces
Artist Favianna Rodriguez is busy designing political posters and preparing to produce a large glass mural. A printmaker by trade, the mural will be the first time Rodriguez works wth glass. Ten minutes away, in a gallery in downtown Oakland, Natalia Mount spends her days guiding visitors through the current exhibition, which includes sculptures that move and emit loud sounds. The executive director of Pro Arts Gallery, Mount is eagerly planning...
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Pennies For Peace To Host Christmas Dinner at DeFremery Park | Oakland Post Pennies For Peace To Host Christmas Dinner at DeFremery Park
A free Christmas dinner and celebration will be hosted at DeFremery Park on Monday, December 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1651 Adeline Street in Oakland. Organizer, Sharon Hirsch, founder of Pennies for Peace (PFP), says her organization with the help of sponsors has hosted the event for seven years. “We are an […] The post Pennies For Peace To Host Christmas Dinner at DeFremery Park appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 11, 2017
ArtVale gallery founder Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel | Oakland North ArtVale gallery founder Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel
On a Friday night in East Oakland, Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel, founder and owner of ArtVale gallery, prepares for a monthly community potluck by arranging cheese wedges, dips, cut vegetables, and wine across two large tables at the back of the gallery. The air outside is crisp and cool, but the gallery is warm and well-lit, and will soon be filled with children and adults eating, drinking, and drawing together. A Bay...
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Muralist and printmaker Favianna Rodriguez | Oakland North Muralist and printmaker Favianna Rodriguez
A prolific artist and activist, Favianna Rodriguez has been printmaking and designing murals for more than 20 years. The finalist of a public competition held by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Rodriguez's next project will be installed at the Garfield Pool in San Francisco.
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Pro Arts Gallery executive director Natalia Mount | Oakland North Pro Arts Gallery executive director Natalia Mount
It is a quiet Sunday afternoon, and Pro Arts Gallery is closed to the public. But even on her day off, the executive director Natalia Mount is excited about the current exhibition. Stylishly dressed in a fitted black leather jacket and heeled boots, she plugs in three sculptures that begin to produce loud sounds. The exhibition, titled “Invisible Choirs,” is artist Nolan Lem’s interpretation of the societal effects of automation...
Oakland North | December 11, 2017
Near Unanimous City Council Vote Approves Popular Oak Knoll Project | Oakland Post Near Unanimous City Council Vote Approves Popular Oak Knoll Project
With the final approval of the City Council, the former Oak Knoll Naval Hospital site in the foothills of East Oakland will be transformed into a thriving neighborhood complete with restored open space, a community center and new shops. SunCal, the developer of the project, cleared its final legislative hurdle with near unanimous support by […] The post Near Unanimous City Council Vote Approves Popular Oak Knoll Project appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 10, 2017
Oakland police chief faces council over details of August immigration raid | Oakland North Oakland police chief faces council over details of August immigration raid
Chief Anne Kirkpatrick responded publicly to allegations that she potentially violated the sanctuary city policy during the raid that led to the arrest of Santos de Leon
Oakland North | December 10, 2017
“Connecting Threads” | Oakland Local “Connecting Threads”
Manna Gallery is pleased to have artist Tiffany Schmierer returning to our gallery with Connecting Threads, an exhibition of her latest ceramic sculptures and wall pieces.  Exhibition opens Friday, November 10 and continues to Saturday, December 16.  Tiffany will be present for a reception at the gallery on Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 4 […] The post “Connecting Threads” appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
“Serendipity”  Opens Soon at Manna Gallery | Oakland Local “Serendipity” Opens Soon at Manna Gallery
“Serendipity”, Elaine Maute`’s new show of abstract encaustics and prints takes advantage of accidents, chance and luck. Her large luminous prints and smaller encaustic paintings are made using a loose, wet into wet technique.  The show opens Friday, September 22 and runs through Saturday November 4.  A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, […] The post “Serendipity” Opens Soon at Manna Gallery appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Reception for Mark Lightfoot | Oakland Local Reception for Mark Lightfoot
Manna Gallery cordially invites the public to a reception for featured artist Mark Lightfoot.  He will be present to greet visitors and discuss the ideas and explorations behind his latest body of work.  Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served.   The post Reception for Mark Lightfoot appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Manna Gallery Presents “Terrain” | Oakland Local Manna Gallery Presents “Terrain”
Manna Gallery is featuring “Terrain”, a series of digital paintings and a wall of fused glass by returning Oakland artist Mark Lightfoot.  This exhibition opens First Friday, August 4 and continues until September 16.  A reception for Mark will occur on Saturday, August 5, from 2 to 4 pm when he will be present to […] The post Manna Gallery Presents “Terrain” appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Manna Gallery Presents “Five Abstract Artists” | Oakland Local Manna Gallery Presents “Five Abstract Artists”
Manna Gallery is pleased to present five artists from abstract7, a group of South Bay artists who are committed to showing together, presenting a variety of artworks for gallery visitors in one place. Exhibition opens Friday, June 30 and continues to July 29.  The artists will be present for their reception on Saturday, July 1, […] The post Manna Gallery Presents “Five Abstract Artists” appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Manna Gallery Invites You to Imagine America | Oakland Local Manna Gallery Invites You to Imagine America
If you were to imagine your idea of a perfect America what would it look like? The Imagine America Project, in collaboration with Manna Gallery, asks you to do just that. We are living in times of political and social polarization and many people of good will are searching for common ground, depth of meaning […] The post Manna Gallery Invites You to Imagine America appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
In Xanadu:  New Work by Janet Bogardus | Oakland Local In Xanadu: New Work by Janet Bogardus
Manna Galley is pleased to welcome Marin artist Janet Bogardus whose exhibition opens Friday, May 12 and continues to June 24.  We will host a reception for Janet on Saturday, May 20, from 2 to 4 pm when she will be present to greet visitors and discuss her latest body of work. Janet says, “I’m […] The post In Xanadu: New Work by Janet Bogardus appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Transformations: New Work by Judy Seidel | Oakland Local Transformations: New Work by Judy Seidel
Manna Galley is pleased to welcome back Berkeley artist Judy Seidel.  Exhibition opens Friday, March 31 and continues to May 6.  We will host a reception for Judy on First Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 4 pm when she will be present to greet visitors and discuss the back story in this latest body […] The post Transformations: New Work by Judy Seidel appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Balance in Asymmetry | Oakland Local Balance in Asymmetry
Manna Gallery is pleased to exhibit the brass and copper wallpieces of David M Bowman and Reed Bowman, a father-son collaboration with a studio in the former American Steel Building in Oakland. The exhibition opens First Thursday, February 16 and continues until March 25.  A reception for the artists will happen on Saturday, March 4, […] The post Balance in Asymmetry appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
“Gardenscapes” | Oakland Local “Gardenscapes”
Manna Gallery is pleased to exhibit photography with a twist – digitally manipulated garden mages which become mesmerizing surrealistic experiences. “Gardenscapes”, photography by Sharon Wilcox, opens Friday, January 6 and continues to February 11.  A reception for Sharon will take place Saturday, January 14, from 2 to 4 pm when she will be present to discuss […] The post “Gardenscapes” appeared first on Oakland Local.
Oakland Local | December 10, 2017
Brothers Code Comes Back to Oakland | Oakland Post Brothers Code Comes Back to Oakland
Students sit in on a session at last year’s Brothers Code event. This year’s fourth annual Brothers Code event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Merritt College. Photo courtesy of The Hidden Genius Project. The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland-based organization that aims to connect young black […] The post Brothers Code Comes Back to Oakland appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 10, 2017
Part 5 – ACE/Horizon Home Health Care & Hospice:  What Is A Medical Social Worker? | Oakland Post Part 5 – ACE/Horizon Home Health Care & Hospice: What Is A Medical Social Worker?
A medical social worker helps coordinate a holistic care plan for patients recovering from an injury, living with chronic illness, or entering hospice – and the patient always comes first. Did you know that a home health care team needs to include a medical social worker? Do you know what a medical social worker is? […] The post Part 5 – ACE/Horizon Home Health Care & Hospice: What Is A Medical Social Worker? appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 09, 2017
Golden Gate library in North Oakland is collecting family histories, building local archive | Oakland North Golden Gate library in North Oakland is collecting family histories, building local archive
At a time when Oakland neighborhoods are gentrifying, Sue Mark, founder of Commons Archive, hopes to share the stories of residents in the Golden Gate neighborhood and bring together neighbors to form stronger community bonds.
Oakland North | December 08, 2017
Community Groups Break Ground on Center for Job Training and Restorative Justice | Oakland Post Community Groups Break Ground on Center for Job Training and Restorative Justice
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) held a groundbreaking rally and press conference Wednesday to announce the construction of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center in the Fruitvale neighborhood of East Oakland. Restore Oakland is designed to mobilize Bay Area community members to transform the […] The post Community Groups Break Ground on Center for Job Training and Restorative Justice appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 08, 2017
#WeChoose – National Live Call-in Town Hall Meeting on Public Education | Oakland Post #WeChoose – National Live Call-in Town Hall Meeting on Public Education
The #WeChoose Campaign has already organized over 30 town hall meetings across the country engaging communities in building grassroots visions for public education. The next step will be to hold a live-streamed national town hall meeting with leaders who have joined the #We Choose Campaign, which was organized to promote “education equity, not the illusion […] The post #WeChoose – National Live Call-in Town Hall Meeting on Public Education appeared first on Oakland Post.
Oakland Post | December 08, 2017
Oakland city workers strike continues | Oakland North Oakland city workers strike continues
Oakland City workers represented by SEIU Local 1021, with the solidarity of IBEW 1245 workers, have been participating in an unfair labor practice strike for the last four days, while IFPTE Local 21 has participated in a sympathy strike.
Oakland North | December 08, 2017