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Richmond workers seek wage adjustment

Richmond workers seek wage adjustment

June 5, 2019

Tuesday afternoon unions representing Richmond city workers accused the new city manager Carlos Martinez of union busting and unfair labor practices in a demonstration outside City Hall. City workers are seeking a cost of living adjustment, or COLA, to keep up with the Bay Area's rising cost of liv...

Oakland sideshow leads to bus explosion

Oakland sideshow leads to bus explosion

By Jessica Forrester, CONTRIBUTOR

May 9, 2019

Think of the smell of burning rubber and you hear the sound of tires screeching. Follow the sounds and smells and you can see cars driving back and forth, and cars moving in a circular motion leaving donut-shaped tire tracks behind. The energy is high and the crowd is loud; you are at a sideshow. Th...

Ghost Ship warehouse fire started quickly

Ghost Ship warehouse fire started quickly

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 9, 2019

A man who served as a doorman at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale district the night of a fire that killed 36 people testified on Tuesday that the blaze erupted quickly. Ryan O’Keefe said the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave. “exploded into an inferno” when the fire started late ...

Student injured in hit-and-run incident

Student injured in hit-and-run incident

By Annie Steuart, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 9, 2019

An eighth-grader was struck by a vehicle near Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton Friday as he was heading across Greenwood Road north of Valley Avenue towards his mother’s parked car, according to the police. Officers responded to the collision at 3:14 p.m. Friday. The student had left t...

California Energy Commission to investigate cause of high gas prices

California Energy Commission to investigate cause of high gas prices

By Shoib Ahmadzai, CONTRIBUTOR

May 9, 2019

The California Energy Commission is expected to deliver their analysis from their ongoing investigation to discover why gas prices are so high in the state next week on May 15. As gas prices continue increasing well over $4 throughout California with no end in sight, Governor Gavin Newsom tasked the ...

Beto O’ Rourke rallies in San Francisco

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

May 2, 2019

On a stage set in the middle of San Francisco’s Irish Cultural Center, people craned their necks and packed in tight to hear Texas Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke speak. O’Rourke stopped in the famously liberal city on April 28 to address voters and explain why he is best sui...

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...

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