A Fracking Protest, Beast Mode, and Oakland Teachers Make News

What Went On in the East Bay


Global U

UC Berkeley wants to establish a global university at the Richmond Field Station and has been courting international public universities and tech companies as potential partners for a 5.5 million square-foot development on 134 waterfront acres. A handful of foreign universities are apparently interested.

Exerting Pressure

Teachers at 15 Oakland schools tried a new negotiating tactic: leaving when the bell rings to end after-hours practices and extracurricular activities. Essentially, the teachers are working the specific hours called for in their contracts, 6.75 hours a day for elementary and middle school teachers, and seven hours for high school teachers.

O.Co Honcho

Patrick Scott McKibben, former Alameda Newspaper Group publisher and Rose Bowl CEO, was named the executive director of the Coliseum Authority board, which oversees O.Co Coliseum and the Oracle Arena. “My goal is to keep the A’s and the Raiders in Oakland,” McKibben said.


The Jacka, the 37-year-old rapper, was killed at 94th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. He died at Highland Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Born Dominic Newton and also known as Shaheed Akbar after converting to Islam, The Jacka earned his rap name for a youth spent jacking cars, but was much loved for his adult dedication to giving back to the community.

Mural Mutilation

Kronnerburger ticked off fans of Piedmont Avenue’s Key Route Plaza mural, the work of Rocky Rische-Baird, by removing a rotting, moldy section of the historic artwork, essentially destroying the piece. Chris Kronner, the restaurant owner, said he had no other option.

Frack No!

Just say no to fracking, inadequate raisers for Oakland teachers, and mural destruction plus other news you can use.

Bye, Bye B-Side

Tanya Holland has closed B-Side BBQ, her San Pablo Avenue restaurant dedicated to barbecue, but has announced that a bakery, B-Side Bakery, is going into the space under the watch of Celeste Scott, a longtime Brown Sugar Kitchen baker.

More Parklets

‚Äč Coming soon to Oakland, thanks to the Oakland Parklet Pilot Program Extension, new parklets at a bunch of places: Analog, Antidote Juicery, Bay Area Bikes, Café 306, Divco West, Hive, Juhu Beach Club, Laurel Cyclery, MLK Café, Pizzaiolo, Portal, Spice Monkey, Stag’s Lunchette, Tay Ho, Viscera, and the White Building.

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