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Furious over cuts to education and linking the budget shortfalls in California to the recession caused by risky lending, the Oakland Educators Association staged a protest at the Wells Fargo bulding in downtown Oakland on May 12. Seven teachers were arrested when they entered the lobby of Wells Fargo, located at the corner of 12th…

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Yusuf Bey IV speaks with his attorney Gene Peretti.Following the completion of the prosecution’s evidence in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial, on May 4 defense attorneys for defendants Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, Gene Peretti and Gary Sirbu, respectively, called witnesses intended to cast doubt on the testimony and evidence presented by the prosecution.…

Read More Defense presents evidence as the end of the Chauncey Bailey murder trial approaches

In West Oakland, sometimes recycling isn’t so green. Written for the East Bay Express, published May 4, 2011. West Oakland has long been plagued by air pollution. Now a concerned group of residents and environmental organizations may be close to realizing a plan that they believe will help improve air quality, stimulate new economic development…

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The Chauncey Bailey case appears to hinge on whether the confessed shooter was following orders, or was trying to score points in a controversial black Muslim organization. Written for the East Bay Express, published April 20, 2011. To believe Devaughndre Broussard’s testimony so far in an Oakland courtroom is to believe he is a pawn,…

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“I love y’all,” Yusuf Bey IV told Antoine Mackey and Devaughndre Broussard shortly after they murdered journalist Chauncey Bailey, Broussard testified Monday. Broussard laughed as he said it, even as he had just finished describing in detail the grisly shooting he has confessed to committing, a murder he says was ordered by Bey and planned…

Read More Broussard’s testimony on how and why he killed Chauncey Bailey

Six days into testimony in the Chauncey Bailey murder trial, Juror 7 was dismissed because he had encountered defendant Yusuf Bey IV’s brother at his job at Fairmont Hospital. The juror was dismissed without explanation before testimony Monday afternoon. Defendant Antoine Mackey’s attorney, Gary Sirbu, brought the matter up again after the jury had been…

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The city of Oakland seems eager to see evidence of a mayor that is working on solving problems, that is actively engaged in the community, recognizes the troubles it faces, and is working diligently to see that those problems are solved. This is not surprising, considering that we are one month away from what was…

Read More “I’ve been mayor for just under a month, but it feels like longer.”