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With a new year, reporters and government officials will begin making assessments of the previous year’s crime statistics and draw conclusions on police effectiveness and the overall well-being of city residents. But how many homicides were there in a year? At least in Oakland, this seemingly simple question can have many different answers depending on…

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A decorated Oakland police sergeant faced no criminal charges for his domestic violence arrest last year and remains in his position despite evidence of a history of abuse turned over by his ex-girlfriend, including allegedly threatening her with a gun to her head, according to newly released police documents and the woman who reported the…

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Officer Nicole Rhodes was having a hard time seeing Demouria Hogg when she shot him through his car’s windshield, according to an Alameda County District Attorney investigation that was recently obtained through a Public Records Act request. But the shooting did not violate Oakland police policies and was determined by a DA investigator to be…

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The long-awaited opening of a 90-unit affordable housing complex at Oakland’s MacArthur BART station marks the first step in an effort to transform the station from a park-and-ride center to a planned housing and retail hub integrated into the surrounding community. The plan to transform the roughly 8-acre parking lot into new homes has been…

Read More 90 New Affordable Housing Units Open at MacArthur BART Station

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What if the A’s had stayed put? Early in 2014, movie-star-famous Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane started a big gambit, trading the organization’s top prospect, shortstop Addison Russell, to the Chicago Cubs for two starting pitchers. The addition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel gave the A’s one of the better rotations in baseball.…

Read More Beane’s Gambit: When he couldn’t be the hero, Billy Beane destroyed the best team in baseball