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New complex welcomes foster youth home

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 11:48am
The Madison @ 14th Apartments held a grand opening celebration Thursday to officially welcome its low-income and foster youth residents.

OAKLAND — Instead of celebrating her 18th birthday by happily blowing out blazing birthday candles with hopes of scoring expensive gifts, Jaleace Smith was wishing she could stay on probation.


Transit Board President Surprised More Oaklanders Aren’t Weighing In on BRT

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm
By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

With the AC Transit district working on an ambitious proposal to run dedicated, bus rapid transit-only lanes from San Leandro and across the city of Oakland to the UC Berkeley campus, the president of the AC Transit board of directors says he is “surprised” that more Oakland residents and politicians have not weighed in on the idea.

Oakland Council OKs $500 million budget

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm

Oakland will cut 28 vacant jobs and force all non-essential city employees to take five days off with no pay this December as part of the budget adopted this week by the City Council.

The council voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of the nearly $500 million spending plan, which includes $15.8 million in cuts to offset a loss of revenue largely attributed to the downturn in the housing market.


New Housing Aims to Revitalized Troubled Oakland Street

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 1:11pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)  -- A vacant lot in East Oakland that's been a nuisance for years is getting a new life as affordable housing for about 60 families.

The project will include nine two-bedroom units, 29 three-bedroom units, and 20 four-bedroom units. They will be available to residents who meet specific income requirements.

"This project right here is really the catalyst for changing this 98th Avenue corridor," said Vice Mayor Larry Reid.

Dozens protest oil spills, human rights violations outside Chevron

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 05/28/2008 - 1:18pm

SAN RAMON — As business leaders were gathered inside Chevron's corporate headquaraters for the company's annual shareholders meeting today, dozens of activists outside the gates protested the company's alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador and other parts of the world.

"I'm here to tell Chevron that what they've done to my community is a disaster," Mercedes Jaramillo, of Ecuador, said tearfully.


City workers get in on May Day act

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 10:00pm

OAKLAND — As dockworkers shut down ports, anti-war demonstrators protested against the war in Iraq, and others marched for immigrant rights, city workers held a May Day demonstration of their own Thursday.

Some 400 workers and their supporters gathered for a noon-time rally at City Hall to protest what they call the unfair treatment of temporary employees — and to offer a few choice comments about the administration's approach in upcoming contract negotiations.



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