East Oakland

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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7:54pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Dance in the library? Why not

Libraries are where many people go to exercise their brains, and now there’s at least one where you can exercise your body. The 81st Avenue Branch Library in East Oakland is finding that what people want in their neighborhood is to work out. And, they didn’t have to go far to find the right instructor.

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10:38am

Mon August 5, 2013
Today's Local Music

Today's Local Music: Versatile

The song you can listen to above is being played by Solomon Munghia. Patrons of the 81st Avenue East Oakland library might occasionally hear Munghia practicing in one of the study rooms there. That’s where our community storytelling project, Hear Here, found him one day, getting ready to make some music with his friend Giovanni Gaines. Hear Here producer Audrey Dilling asked Munghia how he first learned to play guitar. 

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