Oakland

1:47pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Oakland-born artist Ise Lyfe explores housing as a human right

Before artist and performer Ise Lyfe became Ise Lyfe, he was Isaac Brown, growing up in East Oakland, probably playing Nintendo games like he is right now. We’re in a bedroom in an apartment with these old video games, hat boxes, and vintage clothes – all carefully placed to capture what public housing units like the one we’re standing in must have looked like back in the day.

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5:52pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland’s civilian oversight provides justice for few

Closed session sign outside an Oakland Citizen Police Review Board meeting
Under CC license from Flickr user allaboutgeorge

The top brass of the Oakland Police department looks a lot different than it did a month ago. In just one week in May, two police chiefs resigned: former chief Howard Jordan, then his successor, Anthony Toribio.

The departures followed several highly critical reports: one by an independent consultant, the other by the department’s court-appointed overseer. Both find that years after the landmark police abuse scandal known as the Riders case, the department is still struggling with leadership, accountability, and transparency.

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4:46pm

Thu June 20, 2013

6:07pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Arts & Culture

A communal approach to neighborhood improvement

Jaliscos Restaurant
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/jalisco-restaurant/ East Bay Express

Antonio Vasquez is chopping up a slab of pork right off a pig's leg. The whole place smells like roasted pork and corn tortillas. According to Vasquez, Jalisco’s owner, the resaturant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood. In January 1967, his dad opened the doors to Jalisco Restaurant. Vasquez has worked at Jalisco all of his life with his five sisters and two brothers.

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5:34pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Growing up on International Boulevard

Chicken salad and tostadas are the first things you smell stepping into the Lopez family apartment. Several people are sitting around a coffee table sharing a meal. Each of the tiny studio apartments houses one family. With 24 families in the building, the space is at full capacity. In the Lopez apartment, food is in the kitchen, on a makeshift table on wheels.

The Lopez family has lived in this studio apartment for thirteen years. The family moved here from Mexico. Edgar Lopez and his two brothers grew up in this apartment. 

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