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Former Oakland Police Department captain charged in sex scandal

Former Oakland Police Department captain charged in sex scandal

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
November 16, 2016
Filed under Metro

On Nov. 13, the Contra Costa County prosecutor's office charged 81-year-old Al Perrodin, a retired Oakland Police Department captain, with a misdemeanor for his alleged role in the Bay Area’s sexual exploitation scandal involving a teenage former prostitute. Perrodin was charged with soliciting prostit...

Hayward trunk or treat event encourages autism acceptance

Hayward trunk or treat event encourages autism acceptance

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
November 2, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

Ghouls, goblins and Mickey Mouse flocked to John Muir Elementary School in Hayward last Saturday to partake in a unique Trunk or Treat event geared toward special needs kids and their families. Cars adorned with spider webs and Halloween decorations opened their trunks to offer candy, treats and gam...

San Leandro to open new Tech Campus

San Leandro to open new Tech Campus

Michele Dennis,
Contributor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Arts & Life, Media, Metro, Showcase, Videos

A crowd of nearly 900 people gathered to watch the inaugural lighting of a 55-foot tall polished steel skin female sculpture known as “Truth is Beauty” in celebration of the grand opening of the San Leandro Technology Campus on Oct. 18. Hundreds of people held candles as the statue’s 2,500 LED li...

First student food pantry celebrates grand opening

First student food pantry celebrates grand opening

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
October 26, 2016
Filed under Campus, Metro

One in five students go without consistent meals, a CSU study reported in February 2015. Since the report was released, Cal State East Bay has been cooking up a solution. Last Wednesday, East Bay cut the red ribbon on the university’s first student food pantry, a resource that many hope will satiate the hu...

Daughter gets justice in father’s shooting

Daughter gets justice in father’s shooting

Sean McCarthy,
Staff Writer
October 19, 2016
Filed under Metro

On March 15, eleven-year old Sarah Avalos and her family traveled to Hayward to purchase a new vehicle from an online seller. The family decided to meet the seller at Ochoa Middle School since they were new to the area. Sarah would soon learn that the seller was a “career criminal” who wanted to rob ...

Hayward Unified School District superintendent fired

Hayward Unified School District superintendent fired

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
October 19, 2016
Filed under Metro

It was not the farewell Superintendent Stan “Data” Dobbs was looking for. On Sept. 15 the Hayward Unified School District Board of Trustees voted 3-0 to fire the embattled Dobbs following public and private meetings with Dobbs and his attorney Dorian Peters. Dobbs was placed on administrative leav...

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Valero reaches hazardous waste settlement

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
October 19, 2016
Filed under Metro

The Valero oil refining company is in the hot seat. A settlement for improper hazardous waste reporting and handling will require the refinery’s Benicia facility to pay a $157,800 fine and improve its piping operations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an Oct. 5 news release. A ...

Fire-fighting goats retired from service

Fire-fighting goats retired from service

Michele Dennis,
Contributor
October 19, 2016
Filed under Media, Metro, Showcase, Videos

For 21 years, the Oakland Fire Department has employed roughly 3,500 goats and brought them to the Oakland Hills to eat grasses and shrubs, which serve as kindling during dry fire seasons. The goats recently returned to their ranch in Dixon, California, after finishing up their latest season as fire...

“Creepy clown” craze hits Bay Area

“Creepy clown” craze hits Bay Area

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief
October 19, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

Straight from the silver screen to the streets, clowns are scaring people nationwide, causing police departments and school districts in the Bay Area and nationwide to take action. Several reports surfaced in August that people dressed in clown costumes were lingering by the woods in several cities ...

Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor
October 13, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

The general election is just four weeks away and voters are beginning to feel the pressure. California voters specifically will have a number of major decisions to make concerning issues in their state on Nov. 8. Seventeen new propositions are on the ballot this year and range from death penalty pr...

East Bay answers call to action

East Bay answers call to action

Denika Williams,
Contributor
October 13, 2016
Filed under Metro

A seemingly endless stream of videos depicting police officers mistreating unarmed African Americans prompted former “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Isaiah Washington to ask African Americans nation-wide to boycott work and school.   “Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fe...

What is Proposition 63?

What is Proposition 63?

Sean McCarthy,
Staff Writer
October 12, 2016
Filed under Metro, Showcase

On Nov. 8, the nation will vote for it’s new president, state senators and for 17 new propositions that could affect how people go about their daily business. One of these is Proposition 63, which would require all gun owners to acquire a permit every four years in order to purchase firearm ammuni...

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