Thu February 27, 2014

When private patrols pull the trigger

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Sam Levin
Just before noon on February 13, the Oakland Police Department responded to calls regarding a shooting in the Upper Dimond-Oakmore neighborhood. When cops arrived to Waterhouse Road, they found eighteen-year-old Larry Ward suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.


Wed February 19, 2014

Oakland seeks to tighten rent control rules

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: Jean Tepperman
If you are a tenant in a rent-controlled unit in Oakland, city law prohibits your landlord from raising your rent by more than the increase in cost of living each year. But there are loopholes in this law.


Wed January 29, 2014

Oakland cops think city is too liberal

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
An internal survey of Oakland police officers reveals a deep disconnect between rank-and-file cops and the city they serve. Many officers said they do not trust the city's elected leaders and think they are too "liberal." A majority of city cops also complain that Oakland residents don't appreciate them.


Mon January 20, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

Lesley Philips and Sharena Thomas.
The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, www.theracetoanemergency.org.  

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  


Wed January 15, 2014

East Bay Espress: The gritty life of a day laborer

From our partners at the East Bay Express.
Source: Eastbayexpress · Via: David Bacon
Day laborers are pretty much taken for granted, as they wave at cars passing the sidewalk where they look for work near Home Depot or the local lumberyard. What road brought them to their street corners, far from their families in Mexico and Central America?