East Bay Express http://kalw.org en East Bay Express: zombie properties spread in Richmond http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-zombie-properties-spread-richmond <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">Jose Rodriguez, a stocky auto mechanic from Jalisco, Mexico, has been squatting in a vacant home in Richmond&#39;s Iron Triangle for the past four months. &quot;I like this property. I&#39;ve already spent $5,000 repairing it,&quot; Rodriguez told Richmond police officers last week, as they were kicking him out in order to demolish the site. &quot;I didn&#39;t do anything wrong.&quot;</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:02:34 +0000 Joaquin Palomino 34300 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: zombie properties spread in Richmond East Bay Express: Who's jacking up housing prices in West Oakland? http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-whos-jacking-housing-prices-west-oakland-0 <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">As the tsunami of foreclosures in Oakland finally subsided over the past year, residents of the city&#39;s flatlands neighborhoods looked around at the new landscape and saw less room for themselves and people like them. Many of their neighbors were gone, of course. And many of the foreclosed homes were snapped up &mdash; not by new homeowners, but by large-scale investors, including national and global corporations.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:48:57 +0000 Jean Tepperman 33958 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: Who's jacking up housing prices in West Oakland? East Bay Express: Why BART's wage offer doesn't include a raise http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-why-barts-wage-offer-doesnt-include-raise <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">If you&#39;re still trying to understand what exactly BART and its unions are fighting over, you&#39;re not alone. Obviously, the fight is over compensation, but many of us are unclear as to what each party is really asking of the other. Even bargaining representatives on both sides are having a hard time agreeing on the factual differences between their own proposals. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:40:21 +0000 Darwin BondGraham 33655 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: Why BART's wage offer doesn't include a raise East Bay Express: Frazier blocks police reforms http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-frazier-blocks-police-reforms <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">For the better part of two decades, Oakland residents have often objected to the city's process for taking complaints about police officers. Under the city's system, residents who want to make a complaint against a particular officer must make that complaint to a uniformed cop working for OPD's Internal Affairs Division. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:51:40 +0000 Ali Winston 33268 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: Frazier blocks police reforms East Bay Express: When you can't understand your doctor http://kalw.org/post/east-bay-express-when-you-cant-understand-your-doctor <p style="margin-top: 1.12em; margin-bottom: 1.12em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); line-height: 1.6em; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 1.1em;">Gloria Estela Ortiz Ramos doesn't speak English, so when she became ill in 2006 and needed medical care, she had to rely on her ten-year-old son for help. He translated a list of medication prescribed to her from the Eastmont Wellness Center, an East Oakland clinic that serves low-income people. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:36:52 +0000 Madeleine Thomas 32983 at http://kalw.org East Bay Express: When you can't understand your doctor