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Teacher among dead in dive boat fire

Teacher among dead in dive boat fire

By Kyle Martin & Keith Burbank, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 5, 2019

A teacher at American High School in Fremont died in a boat fire early on Labor Day off the coast of Santa Barbara County, Fremont Unified School District officials said on Twitter Tuesday. Dead is Raymond (Scott) Chan, who was a physics teacher. The fire also claimed the life of his daughter and 3...

Ghost ship jury does not reach verdict

Ghost ship jury does not reach verdict

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

September 5, 2019

The reconstituted jury panel in the trial of Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris resumed its deliberations on Tuesday after a lengthy break but didn't reach a verdict and will return on Wednesday. Almena, 49, and Harris, 29, are each charged with 36 counts of ...

Ashia Wahab suspends campaign

Ashia Wahab suspends campaign

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

August 1, 2019

Hayward City Council Member Aisha Wahab announced on Monday that she was suspending her congressional run in the 15th district. In an Instagram post, Wahab said she has decided to focus her attention in Hayward. “I am so humbled by the incredible support that I have received from this communit...

Facial Recognition is banned

Facial Recognition is banned

By Lucas Martin, CONTRIBUTOR

August 1, 2019

The pros of banning the threatening use facial recognition software from Oakland I recently watched an episode of Black Mirror--a dystopian technology-focused show on Netflix--which depicted a world similar to ours. In it, the government of the United Kingdom has secretly adopted facial recognition...

Harris thought the Ghost Ship was safe

Harris thought the Ghost Ship was safe

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

August 1, 2019

Defense attorneys for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris said on Tuesday that Almena and Harris should be found not guilty of the charges for a 2016 fire that killed 36 people because they had no idea the Oakland building was unsafe. In their closing a...

Mayor issues emergency proclamation

Mayor issues emergency proclamation

August 1, 2019

The aftermath of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco issued an emergency proclamation early Monday morning in the aftermath of a mass shooting at the Garlic Festival on Sunday afternoon. Four people, including the suspect, were killed and 12 others injured in the attack. Police conti...

Tragedy strikes at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

Tragedy strikes at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

By Jessica Irrera, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

August 1, 2019

The 40th anniversary of California’s famed Gilroy Garlic Festival took a tragic turn when 19-year-old Santino William Legan unleashed gunfire, killing three and injuring 12 this past weekend. The Garlic Festival is a popular event that brings roughly 100,000 visitors per year and is run by approxim...

ICE raids

ICE raids

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

July 18, 2019

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLI WESEMAN | THE PIONEER Across the Bay Area, Immigration activists held rallies to denounce President Trump’s plan ICE raids scheduled for Sunday, July 14 in San Francisco and other U.S cities. Protesters in San Francisco on Friday, July 12 shut down the United States Appraisers B...

Oakland Rollers create local community

Oakland Rollers create local community

By Lillian Lee Follrath, CONTRIBUTOR

July 18, 2019

Sporadically, at the end of First Avenue in Oakland, alongside Lake Merritt, a large group of skaters roll around the nearby roundabout. If you are an avid skater or roller enthusiast that asks to join the event; there is no doubt that the answer will be a resounding “yes.” The skating group is k...

City council bans facial recognition technology

City council bans facial recognition technology

By Scott Morris, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

July 18, 2019

The city of Oakland on Tuesday banned the use of facial recognition technology by city employees, including the Oakland Police Department. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance, which would prohibit police from both acquiring the software or using it at all, including if used ...

BART fares set to increase in 2020

BART fares set to increase in 2020

By Oscar Torres, CONTRIBUTOR

July 11, 2019

The Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, has been a staple of Bay Area transportation since its opening on September 11, 1972. The silver and blue cars screeching down the tracks is as well known to the Bay Area as Mac Dre or Oakland’s murals. But if there was anything BART has been known for, is its ...

Haircuts With Hearts for the homeless

Haircuts With Hearts for the homeless

By Kathleen Kirkwood, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

July 11, 2019

PHOTOS BY ALLI WESEMAN/THE PIONEER An event next weekend in Oakland will bring together several organizations to provide services to the homeless community, including free haircuts, organizers said. The July 13 event, organized by Oakland nonprofit Sharon's Wings of Love, will feature a pop-up hair...

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