Quan Gives ‘State of City’ Speech
By Dossie M. Terrello
“The city is booming,” Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said to a near-capacity audience of city leaders and local luminaries in her upbeat state of the city address on Thursday, March 6.

City Must Address Financial Situation
Bruce Nye
It’s time for our city leaders to face the gap between anticipated revenues and expenditures over the next four years. Just how big is this gap? And what is the city going to do about it? In commenting on City Administrator Deanna Santana’s

Quan Breaks Tie, Limits DAC Surveillance to Port
Ana L. Gonzalez
After Oakland residents, including some members of the Oakland City Council, voiced their concerns about lack of privacy and data retention policies, the council voted on Tuesday March 4, to limit use of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC)

OPD discusses crime at NCPC meeting in Dimond
Carrie Campbell, Joey Smith and Kathleen Russell
Residents from Dimond, Lincoln Heights, Montera, Oakmore and Woodminster neighborhoods attended the quarterly 22X Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

A Trek Through the Park
Dennis Evanosky
Oakland Urban Paths hikes Joaquin Miller Park Stan Dodson, facing the camera in the foreground, led 44 hikers up the Palos Colorado Trail and through Joaquin

Planet Fitness Backs Down, Cancels Meeting
Dennis Evanosky
A bit of disappointing news about shopping in the Laurel District reached the MacArthur Metro last week. After scheduling a March 13 meeting with the neighbors,

Gym sidetracked
Ebbie K. Nakhjavani, P.E.
The MacArthur Metro received a copy of this letter Dear Members of the Laurel District Association: We (Planet Fitness) have become aware of some recent

When you gotta go
Dennis Evanosky
The following letter was sent to Oakland Parks and Recreation Director Andree V. Jones-Taylor with a copy to Mayor Jean Quan. Dear Ms. Taylor: On Saturday,

Open Letter to Oakland City Council
Seattle Privacy Coalition
Honorable members of the Oakland City Council: The Seattle Privacy Coalition welcomes Oakland’s vigorous debate about surveillance and privacy.

Old Growth Redwoods Once Clothed Oakland Hills
Dennis Evanosky
The San Antonio Redwoods once majestically stood where hikers, bicyclists and horsemen enjoy Joaquin Miller Park today. These trees were a part of a network of

Experience Lunar Eclipse at Chabot
Metro Staff Reports
Metro Staff Reports Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., invites MacArthur Metro readers to an up-close look at a three-and-one-half-hour-long

Announcing Allendale’s First Earth Day Festival
Cheryl Golden
Clean it, Green it, Mean it on April 26 Calling all Earth Day volunteers and “green” heroes! The Allendale Park Community Council is hosting its first-ever

Real Estate Law Q&A
Clifford Fried Fried & Williams LLP
Dealing with an standing agreement Q. I bought a building and a tenant said he was given a verbal lifetime agreement that his rent will not be raised.

Building Our Legacy
Adelle Foley
If you drive or walk along Courtland Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to High Street you can’t miss the vibrant colors of the spring flowers. The beauty of the

Flora and Form Opens March 29
Eric J. Kos
Residents of the Fruitvale District may already be familiar with the Gray Loft Gallery, now in its second year of providing a quality venue for artists to display ...

Community Meetings in Metro Neighborhood
Metro Staff Reports
As part of its public safety planning and its effort to revamp police services, the city or Oakland has been creating neighborhood-level accountability.

Hear Stories of Great Migration
Metro Staff Reports
Peralta Hacienda is celebrating World Storytelling Day by featuring firsthand accounts of Bay Area residents who took part in the Great Migration, the movement of ...

Nominate City’s ‘Mother of the Year’ Candidates Now
Metro Staff Reports
The city is currently accepting nominations for Mother of the Year. The city’s press release states that nominees must be Oakland residents whose contributions to ...

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