The Pioneer

Oakland hires new police chief

Oakland hires new police chief

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

January 11, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

The Oakland Police Department has a new leader, finally. A seven-month-long search came to an end on Jan. 5, when Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced at a press conference that former Spokane, Washington Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick would assume the same role in Oakland. Kirkpatrick will be the first fem...

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...

Presidential election got me like ‘nah’

Presidential election got me like ‘nah’

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

November 2, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

I feel like I am at a restaurant but all of the food is gone. All they have is salt, pepper and house salads. That is what the 2016 presidential election feels like to me. I don’t want either entrée, but I’m hungry and I have to eat, so I am forced to choose between a salad or condiments. Salad pl...

Not anymore, Donald Trump

Not anymore, Donald Trump

Sean McCarthy,
Staff Writer

October 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Politics, Showcase

Donald Trump has finally out-Trumped himself. In a leaked 2005 interview with former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, Trump told Bush that he had tried to hit on and have sex with an unidentified married woman who denied him. He said that he “took her out shopping and moved on her like a bitch....

Richmond Police Department receives disciplinary recommendations

Richmond Police Department receives disciplinary recommendations

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

On Tuesday, the lawyer for Jasmine Abuslin, a 19-year-old former prostitute, known by the alias Celeste Guap, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the Richmond Police Department and a $6 million lawsuit against the Livermore Police Department. She had previously filed a $66 million lawsuit against th...

What the boss says goes: Wells Fargo in hot water for illegal practices

What the boss says goes: Wells Fargo in hot water for illegal practices

Sean McCarthy,
Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Wells Fargo has been in hot water for the past year: two former Wells Fargo employees sued the company in May 2015 in a $2.6 billion class-action lawsuit, and the bank settled with those employees in September for just $190 million. The bank fired 5,300 employees who they say acted independe...

As 49ers, Colin Kaepernick head to San Diego, safety becomes an issue

As 49ers, Colin Kaepernick head to San Diego, safety becomes an issue

Cam Inman,
East Bay Times

August 31, 2016


Filed under Metro, Sports

Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has made him a lightning rod for criticism, but that doesn’t have him fearing his safety when the 49ers visit the San Diego Chargers for Thursday’s exhibition-season finale. “No, because if something happened, you’d be proving my point,” Kaepernick sa...

Controversy continues for local police

Controversy continues for local police

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

July 6, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

One of the most dangerous cities in America still does not have a police chief. It’s been nearly three weeks since an Oakland Police Chief has resigned, stepped down or was fired. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf appointed City Administrator Sabrina Landreth as acting overseer of the department until an inve...

Ticketmaster settlement stiffs customers

Ticketmaster settlement stiffs customers

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

June 29, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It was a music lover’s dream come true last week when popular event ticket distributor Ticketmaster shelled out thousands of discounts and vouchers for free concert tickets. Far from a generous giveaway, the discounts were the payoff in a decade-long class action settlement, Curt Schlesinger et al. v. Tic...

Oakland Police Department in shambles

Oakland Police Department in shambles

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

June 22, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

To say the Oakland Police Department has had a tough month would be an understatement. Several of the department’s officers have been accused of sexual misconduct — as well as others who have allegedly texted racist remarks — which has led to the resignation of three police chiefs in less tha...

Cal provost’s bittersweet step-down

Cal provost’s bittersweet step-down

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

April 20, 2016


Filed under Metro

UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Claude Steele, took the Berkeley community by surprise when he announced his resignation last Friday, citing his wife’s health issues as his reason for leaving. “It has been a privilege to devote my time and energy to growing and supporting the...

UC Berkeley sexual harassment policies questioned

UC Berkeley sexual harassment policies questioned

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

April 13, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

UC Berkeley, named one of the “Elite Six” universities by Times Higher Education in 2015, is under fire for questionable disciplinary protocol for sexual misconduct, following the release of documents of an investigation that looked into 17 sexual harassment cases from the last five years. The investigat...

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