September 6th, 2012

Inside Oakland’s pot politics

Oakland pot entrepreneur Dhar Mann (pictured) has become a national figure, expanding his medical marijuana business weGrow across the country. But newly obtained emails and a police report offer hints of Mann’s close relationship with city leaders that helped build his pot empire.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the city politics and business dealings that fueled the Oakland’s marijuana boom from reporter Zusha Elinson.

Photo by Adithya Sambamurthy / The Bay Citizen

June 26th, 2012

Scrutiny of a West Oakland church school accused of abuse by parents and students is growing, with BART officials now questioning the school’s right to solicit for donations in stations and state officials investigating whether federal funds should have gone to school leaders. Watch an update on the story with our media partners at CBS San Francisco and read more about our findings here.

October 25th, 2011



Police use gas to evict Occupy Oakland protesters in the middle of the night.

Oakland mayor Jean Quan in a statement: “Over the last week it was apparent that neither the demonstrators nor the City could maintain safe and sanitary conditions.”

Plus more photos on BuzzFeed.

Reblogged from The Cheat Sheet
June 9th, 2011
From the very first meeting that led to the creation of the Chauncey Bailey Project, there were two goals … One was to continue Chauncey’s work and to make sure that when a journalist is murdered because of their work justice is served. There is no doubt that the work of the project helped keep law enforcement focused on this case, and revealed facts and evidence that may have never been disclosed. Today’s verdict is a reminder that journalists do make a difference and that their work is crucial to our democracy.
Robert Rosenthal, executive editor of the Chauncey Bailey Project and head of the Center for Investigative Reporting, responding to the news that former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV had been convicted of three counts of murder for ordering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men killed in summer 2007. (via centerforinvestigativereporting)
May 16th, 2011

Oakland 3rd in nation for youth firearm murder rate

Four years ago, Oakland preteens and teens were statistically more likely to die in a firearm homicide than kids in nearly all other major U.S. cities.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on firearm deaths in metropolitan areas [PDF] in 2006 and 2007, the most recent data available. Only New Orleans and St. Louis had higher rates of 10- to 19-year-olds killed by gunfire during those years.

Oakland’s overall homicide numbers have dropped in recent years, though it is unknown how this has changed the city’s rate of youth firearm homicides.

Above are the raw numbers* for the five highest annual rates of preteen and teen firearm murder in 2006 and 2007. Read more

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