Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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4:52pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

How much of "Oakland" is actually in the Oakland Police Department?

Ali Winston

Of the 2,000 people who initially applied for the 55 new positions on the Oakland Police force, most were from outside the city. In fact, more than 90% of the current police force does not live in Oakland, something that activists say strains community police relations and affects city resources. Oakland spends about 40% of its general fund on police – that compares with 26% spent on police in San Jose, 17% in Sacramento and 7% in Long Beach. 

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4:46pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Arts & Culture

Oakland youth view their neighborhoods through a new lens

Some of the Warriors for Peace outside of The Spot
Courtesy of The Spot

More of a police presence and better police community relations are good ways to prevent violence, but a group of young men in Oakland are trying a different approach. They call themselves "Warriors for Peace,” and they are part of a violence prevention program that equips and trains teens to make films about Oakland. The hope is that from behind a lens, they will see their city, and themselves, a little differently. 

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4:31pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Can a new crop of Oakland cops help build community trust?

Oakland Police Department hosted its first open house in May 2012 to build community relations
Kyung Jin Lee

When the Oakland Police Department put out a call for new recruits earlier this year, more than 2,000 people applied – mostly from outside of Oakland. The applicants live in cities in the outer East Bay and in San Francisco, but they also hail from as far away as Illinois and Florida.

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3:47pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: A staggeringly stumbling trip

Will Durst here, wishing Mitt Romney the heartiest of welcomes home. He's got to be more relieved than a Midwestern corn farmer in the middle of a thunderstorm to be back on American soil. The GOP nominee embarked on a goodwill trip designed to raise his foreign policy bonafides, but the six-day charm offensive proved to be a bit light on the charm and rather heavy on the offensive. 

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5:58pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Politics

California may choose "trust" over Secure Communities program

Rally at the California State Capitol to protest Arizona's SB 1070. Taken May 1, 2010.
Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker, under CC License http://www.flickr.com/photos/29233640@N07/

It’s been a busy season for immigration issues. In June, President Obama announced that he would halt the deportations of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors. A week and a half later, the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.

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