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Hundreds rally in May Day events

Hundreds rally in May Day events

By Kiley Russell, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 2, 2019

Hundreds of union workers, social justice advocates and their supporters are rallying and marching through the streets of Oakland Wednesday to observe International Workers’ Day. The annual May Day events are intended to draw attention to the need for union jobs, equity in hiring, support for public...

Ghost ship fire allegedly an act of arson

Ghost ship fire allegedly an act of arson

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 2, 2019

The defense lawyer for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena alleged on Wednesday that the fire at the warehouse in Oakland in 2016 was an act of arson that Almena couldn't have prevented and asked jurors to find him not guilty. In his opening statement in the trial of Almena, 49, and cr...

Oakland resident arrested on suspicion of robbing two banks in 2018

Oakland resident arrested on suspicion of robbing two banks in 2018

By Bay City News, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

April 25, 2019

An Oakland resident has been arrested in connection with two bank robberies in Orinda last year, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. The suspect, 49-year-old Duane Makela, was arrested without incident at his home in the 3600 block of Broadway in Oakland at about 6:55 a.m. Tuesday,...

Council votes no on tax for early education

Council votes no on tax for early education

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

April 17, 2019

The Oakland City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday night not to collect taxes for an early childhood education measure backed by Mayor Libby Schaaf that was approved by 62 percent of the voters last November but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval. Although Oakland City Attorney Barb...

Ex-deputies to stand trial for alleged assaults

Ex-deputies to stand trial for alleged assaults

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

April 17, 2019

A judge on Monday ordered two former Alameda County sheriff's deputies to stand trial on multiple felony charges alleging that they directed inmates at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin to spray feces and urine on other inmates that the deputies didn't like. At the end of a four-day preliminary hearin...

Hayward main library nearly complete

Hayward main library nearly complete

By Shoib Ahmadzai, CONTRIBUTOR

April 17, 2019

Hayward’s library of the future, the 21st Century Library, and Community Learning Center, is nearly completed, with a possible grand opening this June. “It’s a game changer,” Jayanti Addleman, Director of Library Services for the City of Hayward, told The Pioneer. “It’s a beautiful buildi...

Eric Swalwell hosts hometown rally

Eric Swalwell hosts hometown rally

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

April 17, 2019

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALLI WESEMAN | THE PIONEER “I have come back here, to Dublin backed by my neighbors who have always been in my corner to declare my candidacy for President of the United States of America,” he told supporters at Dublin High School, his alma mater. His speech centered on the dwindling Am...

Oracle Arena hosts last regular season game

Oracle Arena hosts last regular season game

By TJ Porreca, SPORTS EDITOR

April 11, 2019

After 47 seasons, Oracle Arena hosted its final regular season NBA game in an emotional victory for the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have played in the arena since 1971. Over the team’s nearly five-decade run at Oracle Arena, fans consistently packed the building even as the team strugg...

Skatepark faces possible shutdown

Skatepark faces possible shutdown

By Marinda Avalos, CONTRIBUTOR

March 28, 2019

Concord Skatepark is facing a possible closure to make space for a not-yet-approved development near the Concord Bart station. Hall Equities Group, LLC is the Developer proposing the shut down of the skate park in order to make room for a professional soccer stadium that can seat 18,000 people. The...

San Leandro on banning most short-term rentals

San Leandro on banning most short-term rentals

By Priscilla Solis, CONTRIBUTOR

March 28, 2019

The city of San Leandro is considering enacting a complete ban on all non-hosted rental homes in response to resident complaints which could potentially affect homeowners that rent out their properties on sites like Airbnb. City Council implemented a moratorium against non-hosted homes in July of l...

Bernie Sanders’ first rally in the Bay Area

Bernie Sanders’ first rally in the Bay Area

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

March 28, 2019

Democratic Presidential Candidate and Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders spoke to thousands of Bay Area residents during a rally at Fort Mason in San Francisco on March 23. Sanders took the stage with the crowd cheering “Bernie.” He spoke on issues that he addressed during the 2016 Presidential ...

Bacon running for supervisor position

Bacon running for supervisor position

By Thania Arce, CONTRIBUTOR

March 27, 2019

Fremont Councilman Vinnie Bacon will try to unseat Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty in District 1 during the upcoming 2020 elections. Haggerty, who is on his sixth four-year term on the Board of Supervisors, has run unopposed since 2000 and is welcoming the race. “I think it’s great, I th...

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