East Bay Express

11:03am

Thu October 24, 2013

What a Waste

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Sam Levin
Bassam Almgaleh and Pascal Zeino have picked up a lot of trash from the streets of Oakland. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, the two Public Works Department employees drove their garbage truck to more than a dozen sites in the city in response to residents' complaints about illegally dumped items: discarded furniture, bags filled with rotten food, the remains of an abandoned homeless encampment.

3:12pm

Thu October 17, 2013

Who's patrolling the patrols?

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Sam Levin
Last week, an older East Oakland couple came home to find that their home had been ripped apart. The bed was knocked over, drawers were wide open, and expensive technology and jewelry with sentimental value were gone. Their back window was smashed and their small dog was terrified.

1:02pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

East Bay Express: zombie properties spread in Richmond

Jose Rodriguez, a stocky auto mechanic from Jalisco, Mexico, has been squatting in a vacant home in Richmond's Iron Triangle for the past four months. "I like this property. I've already spent $5,000 repairing it," Rodriguez told Richmond police officers last week, as they were kicking him out in order to demolish the site. "I didn't do anything wrong."

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12:48pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

East Bay Express: Who's jacking up housing prices in West Oakland?

As the tsunami of foreclosures in Oakland finally subsided over the past year, residents of the city'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 — not by new homeowners, but by large-scale investors, including national and global corporations.

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4:40pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Transportation

East Bay Express: Why BART's wage offer doesn't include a raise

If you're still trying to understand what exactly BART and its unions are fighting over, you'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. Last Wednesday, union and management teams sat down just to clarify some of their financial assumptions — assumptions that have led to multimillion-dollar disagreements over what each side is truly proposing.

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