East Oakland

4:57pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Education

Oakland high school confronts daily violence

Fourteen-year-old Trevor Watson, a freshman at Castlemont High School, stands in front of his home in East Oakland. He is a part of Youth ALIVE, an after school program where teens talk to younger kids about gang violence.
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Castlemont High in East Oakland, looks like many other California schools – colorful box-style buildings with big windows – but inside, teacher Demetria Huntsman and several students are deconstructing a shooting that happened out front just 30 minutes before I got there.

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4:13pm

Tue November 19, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet Anthony Propernick

Anthony Propernick is the Senior Library Assistant at the 81st Avenue Branch library in East Oakland.
Audrey DIlling

For about a year and a half now, KALW has been popping into the 81st Avenue East Oakland library to record the stories of the people who live and work in the neighborhood. Today we meet the man who helps make the library a safe and valuable place for the community, Anthony Propernick.

Click the audio player above to listen to the story.

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5:03pm

Tue November 12, 2013
HEAR HERE

Hear Here: Dr. Pamela Alston treats East Oakland's teeth

Dr. Pamela Alston // Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez Branch
Erica Mu

Pamela Alston was raised in Emeryville along with her eight brothers and sisters. She noticed something particular about the place where she was growing up.

“In my neighborhood, it seems to me the most prevalent health problem was bad teeth. Missing teeth, rotten teeth. And I felt like if there was anything I could do help my community, it would be to treat their teeth,” Alston says.

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4:27pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Cops & Courts

After 15 years of false starts, Oakland puts hope into a new community policing plan

OPD officers engage with local community members during their annual open house
Kyung Jin Lee

West Oakland’s Alex Miller-Cole has decided that he can’t depend on the police for help.

“Mead Avenue was the second worst street in all of Oakland,” he says. “All the neighbors have been mulching. We planted 75 trees. Now it’s the cleanest street ever. Nothing happens here now.”

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11:56am

Wed August 14, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Bringing storytime to the long wait for social services

Oakland Public Library children’s librarian reads at the Eastmont Social Service Agency.

A One-Stop Shop for Social Services

For many, the Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland is the go-to place to apply for food stamps, get medical coverage, find childcare, and get job assistance. It was once the Eastmont Mall, but as income dropped and crime rose in the surrounding area, Planned Parenthood and the Oakland Public Library moved in, Mervyn’s became the Oakland Police Department, and JC Penney’s became the social service agency.

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