From July 2011

Oakland City Attorney

Barbara Parker

The Oakland City Council has appointed Barbara Parker to fill the elected City Attorney’s seat for the balance of the current term ending January 7, 2013.

She’s a longtime Oakland resident and former second-in-command of the City Attorney’s Office.

Councilmember Libby Schaff nominated Parker to fill the vacant City Attorney position. The vote was 5 to 3.

“I would like to thank the Oakland City Council and the public for this extraordinary opportunity to continue serving the city that we all love,” Parker said Tuesday. “I am honored by your support, and also empowered and excited by the work that we will do together to fight for the best interests of our city, the community and all Oaklanders. I will work hard in an effective, ethical and transparent manner to earn your trust as City Attorney and to address the historic challenges facing the Oakland community.”

Parker served as Acting City Attorney since the June 13 following the departure of former City Attorney John Russo. She has practiced law in the private sector and at all levels of government – federal, state and local. She is a 1975 Harvard Law School graduate and previously served for more than five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California.

John Russo said the Oakland City Council made a the right decision to by selecting his successor.”She’s imminently qualified”, said Russo, the former City Attorney and also a former Oakland Councilman.

“Ms. Parker is uniquely qualified to provide stewardship to the City Attorney’s Office during these challenging times. She has a brilliant legal mind and is a fine human being – principled, unfailingly professional and passionate about the city,” said Joyce Crum, an Oakland resident and one of dozens of members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority who attended the meeting Tuesday. Parker is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – an international nonprofit service organization.

“There is no question Ms. Parker is the ideal person for the appointment given her fine legal education at Harvard Law School, her illustrious legal career in both the private and public sectors and her on-the-job experience. Barbara will be a City Attorney for all of Oakland,” business owner Geoffrey Pete told the City Council on Tuesday.

Parker “is very well qualified … and has the respect of others in the City Attorney’s Office,” Oakland resident Judy Cox said at the meeting. “This is a crucial time for the City when we need continuity and competence, not politicizing of the City Attorney’s Office.”

Also speaking in favor of Parker’s appointment was Wayne Nishioka, President of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Parker has 20 years of experience at the Oakland City Attorney’s Office, including more than 10 years as Chief Assistant City Attorney. As the Chief Assistant, Parker represented the City Attorney’s Office at virtually all City Council meetings for the past decade. Her responsibilities included directing all legal advice provided to the Mayor’s Office, City Council, City Administrator and all other City Boards, Commissions and Departments.

South Sudan: A New Nation

South Sudan formally declared its independence from Sudan on July 9, after a 20-year war and following a January 2011 referendum. Its flag — black, red and green striped with a blue triangle and gold star — was proudly hoisted outside U.N. headquarters this week.


But while its past is troubled and its future uncertain, the world community celebrated and the General Assembly applauded the new nation of South Sudan as it was formally admitted as the 193rd member of the United Nations with the simple words by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “Welcome, South Sudan. Welcome to the community of nations.”

Although South Sudan has significant oil resources, “[T]he new country will be one of the world’s Read more

McClymonds’ Warriors Class of ’61 Celebrates

McClymonds High School

By Miracle Chavis



The McClymonds High School Class of 1961 celebrates its 50th Year Class reunion, starting at 6:00pm Saturday, July 23, at The Washington Inn, 485 10th Street in Oakland (corner of 10th and Washington Streets). Tina Dright, the reunion chairperson says, “We expect a lot from this night.” Dright expects the night to be as successful as her classmates.

McClymonds was built in 1915. In 1927, the school was renamed in honor of Superintendent John Williams McClymonds. In 1933 the school was moved to the area bounded by 12th and 14th streets and Market to Filbert. McClymonds, known as the “School of Champions”, has produced many high achievers , including Hall of Famers Bill Russell and Frank Robinson and other greats Vada Pinson, Charley Beamon ,William Love, Aaron Pointer, Paul Silas, Joe Gardere, John L. Simmons, Joe Johnson, Angelina Overall, Jim Hines, MC Hammer, James Hadnot, Curt Flood. James Toliver, Overton Williams, Joseph Debro, William “Bill” Patterson, Maxine Ussery, Leonard Gardner, Read more

The Prince of Major League Baseball

Oakland, CA – As a child your driven by sight, sound and your parents. If your lucky, the path to success will be a road unlike no other. Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder has a remarkable journey that sent him to play in the Majors.

Selected in the first round (seventh over all) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.  It was no surprise that Fielder would develop into an All-Star player. Prince became a sensation immediately and not because his father Cecil Fielder was the best hitting baseball player of his time. Read more

Jackson rallies the A's past the Rays for the win

Oakland, CA – It’s what they have been looking for all season. The A’s offense came alive and it was a team effort from all. But it was Conor Jackson’s two-run double in the seventh frame which was the games biggest play.

Oakland rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays for the 7-5 victory of the first of a four-game series. Down by two Hideki Matsui leadoff the inning with a single off Rays pitcher J.P. Howell.  Josh Willingham followed with a walk before David DeJesus’s RBI single cut the lead 5-4. Read more

Jackson rallies the A’s past the Rays for the win

Oakland, CA – It’s what they have been looking for all season. The A’s offense came alive and it was a team effort from all. But it was Conor Jackson’s two-run double in the seventh frame which was the games biggest play.

Oakland rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays for the 7-5 victory of the first of a four-game series. Down by two Hideki Matsui leadoff the inning with a single off Rays pitcher J.P. Howell.  Josh Willingham followed with a walk before David DeJesus’s RBI single cut the lead 5-4. Read more

Giants even the series behind bullpen

San Francisco, CA – All-Star Ryan Vogelsong didn’t have one of his best nights. In fact, it’s very rare that he would get pulled after pitching only five innings. Definitely not as sharp as he normally is however, there is something about rallying behind him for the win.

The Giants offense, defense and bullpen were all unstoppable. They evened the series after claiming a 4-2 victory over the Brewers. The combination of all five relievers of Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson shutout four innings behind Vogelsong’s night off at the mound. Read more

Carson and Underfunded BARAASEC Urge County AIDS Emergency

By Jesse

From left to right: Dr. Muntu R. Davis, MD, MPH, Alameda County Health officer; Loris Mattux, HEPPAC; Patricia Sweetvine, Alameda Transitional Grant Area Support Staff; Dr. Damon Francis, East Bay AIDS Center, Jesse Brooks, Alona Clifton, Alameda Planning Council Member; Gloria Lockett, Cal Pep; Kabir Hypolite, Director of Office AIDS Administration; Sharon Grayson, Alameda Planning Council Chair; Adrianne McCall, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rani Eversby, UCSF.

In 1998 Alameda County health officials reported that AIDS had reached epidemic proportions among the county’s black population.
After the release of the report The African American State of Emergency HIV/AIDS Task Force, now known as the Bay Area Regional African American State of Emergency HIV/AIDS Coalition (BARAASEC) urged the County to declare the nation’s first health emergency in any Black community
Supervisor Keith Carson called for a review of the now 13 year declaration he helped initiate. In May, Kabir Hypolite, Director of Alameda’s County Office of AIDS Administration, presented a recommendation that the African American State of Emergency Declaration must be continued because of the existing crisis that persists.
Since the initial declaration of 1998, findings show that HIV/AIDS survival rates overall has increased due to improved treatments while the epidemic of transmissions has continued to intensify in the African American Community. The findings show that in 1998, the year that the declaration was decreed, African Americans were 18% of the county’s population and 41% of all AIDS cases diagnosed in the County. Today African Americans are 13% of the County’s population, yet they comprise 44% of all HIV/AIDS cases. Hypolite also recommended that a renewed declaration should reflect new challenges that didn’t exist then, such as the problem of late testing in Alameda County. In Alameda County nearly 75% of HIV+ persons test late and are likely to be African American or a person of color. Read more

Stop the Bombing, Leave Ghadafi and Libya Alone

Dear Mr. President:
In the name of your African father, I ask you to stop helping NATO kill Black Libyans. They are Africans and have little differences with their government. The heavy bombardment by the U. S. drones and the NATO jet fighters was not necessary. NATO’s bombardments are targeting the dark-skinned Libyans. NATO also plans to assassinate President Ghadafi. These actions also appear to be war crimes that violate all tenets of international laws and human decency.
The problems facing Libya today can be resolved through dialogue. The African Union leaders have resolved that the NATO bombing of Libya must stop.
NATO is abusing the content of U.N. Resolution 1973 by now seeking the killing of Ghadafi and exterminating the mostly dark-in-color Libyans who are the largest supporters of President Ghadafi.
Several African leaders believe that President Ghadafi has widespread support among Africans because Ghadafi uses the oil income of Libya to provide quality education for all Libyans.
Ghadafi has improved Libya’s infrastructure, established an irrigation system, built vast amounts of housing and established world class free hospitals for Libyans. During Ghadafi’s leadership there have been more people imprisoned in just one large State in the United States than the whole of Libya. Over one million people are homeless in the United States. No such problem exists in Libya. Read more

Oral Lee Brown Scholarships

The Oral Lee Brown Foundation, holds a fundraising Banquet & Auction, Saturday, July 30, at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
In 1987, Mrs. Brown adopted the entire first grade class from Brookfield Elementary School
That first phase of students graduated college in 2005/2006. Phase (2) students graduated college 2009. Phase (3) students are currently in   colleges such as San Diego State, Cal Berkeley, San Jose State, Cal Davis, Fullerton, Cal State Eastbay, Florida A& M to name a few. Phase (4) students are in 10th grade attending various bay area high schools. Phase (5) students are 6th graders who are continuing to excel in their studies. Phase (6) students are 3rd graders who are working very hard to further their education. Call (510) 430-3041 or visit:

Giants fall to Brewers

San Francisco, CA – If one person can rally a crowd, that spotlight goes to center fielder Nyjer Morgan.  After a spectacular catch on a fly ball by Nate Schierholtz in the seventh frame, the center fielder got the sellout crowd hyped. Morgan a native from the Bay Area slammed into the wall and began talking trash to the fans in the bleachers behind him.

The animated exchange got the crowd back into the game after the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed an early lead that led to defeating the Giants 4-2. All-Star pitcher Matt Cain is usually at his best on the mound but tonight he allowed eight hits, four runs (three earned), one walk and only two strike outs. Read more

Bethel AME Honors First Lady Florence Boyd


Florence Boyd


By Lee Hubbard

The women of Bethel AME Church will  honor  first lady, Florence Boyd the wife of Pastor J Edgar Boyd, with a luncheon Saturday July 16. The luncheon will take place at Bethel at 916 Laguna Street at Browning Fellowship Hall, with the theme being “Women Honoring Women.”
“We thought this was a good idea that is long overdue,” said Tamara Sisk, a member of the Women Honoring Women Committee at Bethel AME church.  “Our pastor has been honored and he has had many appreciations, so why not appreciate his wife who is his second half and sacrifices a lot for the church.”
Born and raised in Oakland, Florence Boyd grew up attending Brookins AME Church.  She was part of its Sunday school and Christian Education Ministries.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Sacramento Theological Seminary. She has been the First Lady of Bethel since 1992, when the Reverend Boyd first took over the helm of Bethel AME’s church leadership.  Together they are parents of four adult children.
At the church, Florence Boyd has provided leadership to the Sarah Tanner Missionary Unit.  She has been involved in the Youth Peoples department and she serves as the Parliamentarian for the California Annual Conference Women’s Missionary Society.
She is the immediate past First Vice President of the 5th District Clergy Family Organization and currently serves as Treasurer for the California Annual Conference Clergy Family Organization. “She does a lot of work for the church, but yet is not recognized,” said Nikki Steady with the “Women Honoring Women” committee. Read more

Mary Ruth Van Hook Crayton, 97

Mary Ruth Van Hook Crayton, affectionately known as Aunt Mae, died May 25, at the age of  97.
She was born July 9, 1913 to Eugene and Mattie Florence Butler in Prescott, Arkansas.  She  was baptized by Rev. J.H. Hinton at an early age.  She married Lewis Napoleon Van Hook and they had 10 children.  She was later married to Earl Crayton.
In 1943 Mary and Napoleon relocated with their family from Arkansas to Richmond to work in the shipyards.  She worked many jobs, including being a welder at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyard #3 during the World War II.  This effort led to her becoming a “Rosie the Riveter” honoree.  She also was active church member.
Mary had numerous hobbies including: canning, fishing, quilting, gardening, cooking, teaching, and raising children.  She loved to sing and enjoyed having the family sing along.
Throughout her life she gave freely to others in need, most recently by providing quilts to the hurricane Katrina and Ivan victims in Louisiana and Texas, earthquake survivors in Haiti and villagers in Africa.  She also established the outreach program at Mt. Cana Missionary Baptist Church which organized the membership to visit rest homes and provide lap quilts, socks, and cards to the residents.  Her service didn’t end there as she also cooked and canned fruits and vegetables and shared with all that were in need.  In 2001 she was honored by the Richmond Democratic Club for outstanding community services.
She leaves behind two sisters, Corine Bayless and Pearline Butler of Berkeley, three sisters-in-law, Wadie Bell, of Berkeley; Ethel Brown of Richmond, and Sallie Van Hook of Concord,   9 children, Ruby Wooldridge of Oakland,  Clothe Willis of Mansfield, TX, Clarence Van Hook (Jeffrie) of Guinea, Ca, Clarice Williams of Richmond,  Eugene Van Hook, Shelby Brown  and Armistice Bailey all of San Jose,  Florenzo Van Hook of Albany, Ca, and Samuel Van Hook (Catherine) of Vallejo,  39 grandchildren; a host of great grands and several great-great grandchildren, along with countless other relatives and friends.

Kelsey Jones, 93 “Drum Major for Youth Passes”

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones was an extraordinary businessman and self-taught C.E.O. of Jones Building Materials (“The Lumber Yard”) in Richmond, California for over 50 years.  Jones Building Materials was one of the first youth employment agencies in Richmond.  He hired many youth off the streets and gave them summer jobs to keep them busy and out of trouble.  Many of those youth went on to become school administrators and elected officials.  Jones Building Materials was the lone supplier for many new churches and other new buildings throughout the Bay Area.  He worked hard and gave much.
The Jones family joined Davis Chapel CME Church in North Richmond and later Kelsey Jones became one of the founding/charter members of St. Peter C.M.E. Church in El Cerrito, under the pastoral ministry of Reverend James S. Belcher.
Kelsey Jones was a born leader and served on the Steward Board, Trustee Board, Lay Council, Christian Methodist Men Fellowship, Sunday school, and most notably, the Usher Board.  What he enjoyed as much as the Usher Board, was working with the Board of Christian Education/CYF-Youth Department. Kelsey faithfully attended Church Conferences and Official Board meetings. The church could always depend on Kelsey to provide transportation. He created a van ministry that transported the young and old to conventions, meetings, conferences, and fun outings.  He also sponsored St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop and Sports Teams and helped finance Richmond youth competing in the NAACP National Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics (ACT-SO).
Kelsey Jones was a community advocate. He kept abreast of the issues and gave his support for resolution.  He was involved in several neighborhood councils, NAACP Life Member and a member of the Vicksburg, MS Social Club, King Chariots and Pride of Richmond Lodge No. 74, A.F. & A.M.
For many years Kelsey Jones worked closely with NAACP presidents such as W.A. Williams, Matt Barnes, Charles Blue, Lee Howard, Lloyd Madden and other preceding presidents of the Richmond Branch NAACP. Kelsey served on the Executive and Membership Committees.  He played a major role in annual membership drives soliciting memberships from business and churches, serving as the face for the organization to build positive working relationships and social justice for the African American community in Richmond.  Kelsey was also a founding member of the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP under the presidency of Judge Charles Wilson.
Kelsey was a master gardener; he planted each season and produced one of the best community gardens in West County. Church members, business associates, families and friends were welcomed to the backyard to harvest whatever they needed to complete a family meal.  His collard greens, green onions, beans, lettuce, beets, and cabbage graced dinner tables for many years.
Kelsey Jones mentored many West County youth that developed into successful and productive individuals.  His community involvement allowed him to provide resources and opportunities for youth and young adults who were interested in community service, business practices, and politics.  He was a teacher, financier, role model and friend to the young and old.

Naomi Williams Presented With “People Who Make a Difference Award”

Naomi Williams

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board recently presented Naomi Williams with a “People Who Make a Difference Award”. Ms. Williams has served as Chair for the West County Alcohol Policy Working Group (WCAPWG) for three years. Prior to that she was the vice chair for a number of years. As an officer she worked with members to work towards lowering the overall high percentage of problem alcohol outlets in western Contra Costa County. She has maintained a good working relationship with the Richmond Police Department, Contra Costa Sheriff Department, and the San Pablo Police Department. Williams has spoken at planning commission and city council meetings asking them to deny new Read more

On July 1,Port of Oakland and APL (America President Line) celebrate APL’s achievement of “2010 Highest Volume Carrier” through the Port of Oakland with a Summertime Texas Barbeque. Once again Port of Oakland honored APL( America President Line) with the highest-volume carrier APL moved 259,134 containers through the Port in 2010, a six percent increase from its 2009 volume. From left to right: Tom Gordon of APL, Melvin McKay of ILWU, Margaret Gordon Port of Oakland Commissioner, Rickey Childs of APL, and Omar Benjamin of the Port of Oakland. Photo by Gene Hazzard.


By Brian Beveridge
and Duane Witt

A group of Oakland high school students met with Dr. Washington Burns, Director of Prescott-Joseph Center in West Oakland’s Prescott neighborhood, to tour the “Breathmobile”, a specially outfitted Winnebago motor coach. The students were participants in the Students in Technical Education program at the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. They are studying the effects of energy production on air pollution. The program is funded by a grant from thet and other private grant sources. Bay Area Air Quality Management Distric
The Breathmobile is used to help diagnose and treat children who may have Asthma.  Dr. Burns said, “At least 20 percent of the children living in West Oakland suffer from Asthma.”
Dr. Burns explained the underlying causes of Asthma while detailing the various tests and procedures available at the Breathmobile to help young patients.  The Breathmobile has a doctor, a  social worker, a nurse and a respiratory therapist. The information taken from the computerized Pulmonary Function Tests is entered into a computerized digital database so the Prescott-Joseph Center staff can do follow-up work with the Asthma patients. Read more

Post Writer Receives Recognition, Credits Bailey

Tanya Dennis

By Chanelle Bell

Tanya  Dennis, a featured columnist with The Post received an award at the NNPA convention in Chicago last month.
The award was in recognition of her story featured in The Post. Tanya has been writing for The Post for the last 5 years and credits her intriguing writing style to the late Chauncey Bailey who was the editor at The Post before being mercilessly killed a block away from The Post’s offices, “Chauncey was my mentor. He taught me how to write for a paper which was a different style than I had been accustomed to. I have to give him his credit.”
Tanya is an Oakland native and has been a teacher for 35 years. She has taught in both Oakland and Berkeley school districts and has a real yearning for knowledge and a passion for teaching. She has two successful adult children, a daughter who owns her own sourcing company and a son who does marketing for a music company.  The Post congratulates Tanya for her achievement.

Black Leaders Embrace NNPA

Photos from NNPA Chicago Conference top row from left to right: Chanelle Bell (Post reporter) with Jesse Jackson (Civil rights leader) and the NNPA breakfast. Second row from top: Post representatives Chanelle Bell and Brenda Hudson (Post Controller) with Cloves Campbell (New NNPA chairman) and Bakewell, Reverend Al Sharpton (Civil rights leader) and Danny Bakewell (Previous NNPA chairman). Third row from the top: group picture with Jesse Jackson, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (Author and professor), Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Dr. Cornel West (Civil rights activist), Dr. Kerenga (Author and founder of Kwanzaa), Danny Bakewell, Marcia Dyson, Charles J. Ogletree Jr. (Author and Harvard Law professor) and Chidi Harris (NNPA scholarship recipient). Bottom row: Sisters Valarie, Jennifer, and Jovita Muhammad (Women of Islam who helped run the event), Cheryl Pearson-McNeil (Nielsen representative) and Post representatives Chanelle Bell and Brenda Hudson with Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West, and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

By Chanelle Bell

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is a 71-year-old organization, which is dedicated to the American Black press. Created in 1940 by John H. Sengstacke, the then National Negro Publishers Association, was founded to unify and strengthen the Black press. The organization is now composed of more than 200 publishers and has a readership of 15 million. The NNPA is a recognized powerhouse within the Black community. This year’s summer convention, hosted in June at Chicago’s Drake Hotel, was filled with dynamic African American leaders such as Xernoma Clayton, Martin King III, Rev. Marcia Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Ron Karenga, Charles Ogletree, Jr., C. Eric Dyson,Rev. Al Sharpton and many others.
As a testament to the power of the Black press, never has so many of the nation’s black leaders, activists,  pioneers and motivators gathered in the same place at the same time to speak to Blacks and the nation with one voice.
Rev. Al Sharpton gave an enticing speech in which he said, “Black papers should be about Black advocacy. We as a people need to respect each other so we can go in together, come out together and win together because we are killing our people with our egotism”.  His words at the luncheon forced everyone to stop eating and evaluate if they were hungry for the greater good of the black community or instead ravenous for attention and glory. It was an iconic event to see such extraordinary leaders all sit down together and debate topics such as Obama, the economy and education among the Black youth. At a panel composed of many distinguished Black advertisers Robert A. Brown gave a shout out to The Post saying, “If you want to get information about Oakland and the Bay Area there is no better place than The Post”. As a young Black writer, I could not even explain the impact the conference had on me. Shaking the hands of people who work tirelessly on behalf of the black community was eye opening and I was truly humbled. Read more

Lee Wants Blacks and Other Minorities to Find Marrow Donors

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins

Congresswoman Barbara Lee wants her constituents to participate in tests for bone marrow awareness to help save lives. She has joined with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Marrow Donor Program, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from the singing group TLC, to raise awareness on the importance of bone marrow donation in the African-American community.
Lee released the following statement:
“In order to eliminate health disparities among communities of color, we must bring to light the importance of bone marrow registration… too many African Americans and other minorities cannot find marrow donors.
“We now know that patients are most likely to match with donors who share a similar racial or ethnic background.
“Unfortunately, only 7 percent of the 9 million people registered are African Americans and too many African Americans fighting diseases like sickle cell anemia, leukemia and lymphoma cannot find a match. Read more

“We’ve Tried Everything Else, Now Let Peace Have a Chance!”

By Pastor Phyllis Scott

Six years ago a group of Pastors, clergy, and community activists gathered in front of Brookdale Recreational Center to bring awareness to the violence in Oakland and the surrounding communities. Their rallying call was “Let Peace Prevail not only in Oakland but on the earth!”  In a ceremony that resembled a Native American observance, they lifted a peace pole to signify their call for peace..
Now, some six years later, another group of clergy known as the “First Responders Chaplains of Oakland” gathered around the same peace pole, standing united in their plea to “Let Peace Have a Chance!”
The First Responders Chaplains are also a part of the Pastors of Oakland .
They are concerned that Oakland seems to be in the grips of many senseless acts of violence. Pastor Ronald Brigette said, “There is no peace to be found for the slain victims but their voices can be heard from the graves shouting, ‘Give Peace a Chance’ because we’ve tried everything else and to the detriment of so many young people that have fallen to random acts of violence, leaving their families and communities in so much pain, and confusion, grief and heartache.  There are so many mothers burying their children.”
Pastor Donald Scurry, who is the Chairperson of the First responders Chaplaincy Services, stated that, “It is our strong belief that the clergy and their congregations in the neighborhoods have the ability to help prevent crime, by fostering personal responsibilities with our communities in the city of Oakland.   First Responders Chaplains of Oakland are here to respond to the neighborhood personal incidents, we offer prayer and listen to concerns of the neighborhood community members.”
Pastor Scurry says they want to establish a working relationship with such programs as Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (N.C.P.C.), Neighborhood watch, City Council Neighborhood Initiative targeting Sobrante Park in East Oakland, the Hoover District in West Oakland, National Night Out America’s Night Against Crime and many others.  “We want this summer to be a healthy summer for our children, and communities, rather than seeing our children gathered around caskets saying good bye to their love ones who have been struck down by senseless violence, we should encourage more healthy activities.  Many of these activities can also, be found at your local churches, as many churches have vacation bible school, as well as other fun activates designed especially for our youth’s and families, why not this summer “give peace a chance”.

Budget Cuts Are Cutting Into Police Department

By Daryle
Allums Jr.

The Oakland budget cuts will be in affect this weekend. There will 106 less officers patrolling the streets of Oakland. This removal of officers will also include the entire motorcycle unit, which means that street officers that drive cars will now have to handle traffic problems.
This has to make you wonder what will happen when dangerous crimes are committed and there are not enough officers to respond. Chief Anthony Batts says, “The unfortunate part is we don’t have the capacity to deal with the demand that we have in the city of Oakland.”
With the large amount of officers being cut due to the budget crisis, Oakland is left shorthanded and does not have enough officers to handle the needs of the city. Batts formulated a plan to try to eliminate some of the problems caused by the budget cuts. He plans to train Officers whom Read more

Lincecum outdueled by Kershaw

San Francisco, CA – There’s nothing like playing against your division rivals but it’s even better when two of the best pitchers in Major League baseball go head-to-head.  Two All-Stars battled it out on the mound in what many anticipated a duel worth watching yet no one expected the end result.

First year All-Star Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tim Lincecum for the win.  The Giants have been shutout eight times in Lincecum’s 21 starts this season.  The Dodgers gave him his first career 1-0 defeat and San Francisco’s 6-game winning streak ended. Read more

Belt's return edges Dodgers for win

San Francisco, CA – Always expect the unexpected when it comes to the San Francisco Giants. Brandon Belt was recalled from triple-A Fresno prior to tonight’s game. His return was to replace Aubrey Huff who is taking a few days off with lower back spasms.

Belt wasted no time fitting back into the rotation, he blasted a home run, drove in three runs and helped the Giants defeat the Dodgers 5-3 for the win. It’s never determined on whose going to be the hero of the game but tonight it belonged to Brandon who launched his first home run at AT&T Park. Read more