Eastmont Town Center

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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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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