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Tweet Follow me This segment of Oakland News is a sad one. It starts with a video of an assault that took place last week, March 13th, at Oakland City Hall Plaza (or City Hall / Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza), and that has been seen just 9 times on YouTube to this writing, but that’s about to change. The woman in blue was simply writing “Long Live Israel” in hebrew on the pavement, when the other woman with the long hair, in the amber blouse started to take her chalk away, and then started cursing,...

Tweet Follow me Erica Maskaleris is believed to have killed herself according to The Oakland Police reports to the media. The 31-year old woman who started the Oakland-based computer and tech consulting firm Geekosystems was last seen one week ago Thursday morning walking at the 3400 block of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. KRON TV, Channel 4 in the SF Bay Area, ran this video from a vigil that was held for the “Find Erica Maskaleris” group, where another video that purports to show Ms. Maskaleris walking...

Tweet Follow me Erica Maskaleris, the 31-year-old woman who founded the tech consulting company Geekosystems, has been missing for one solid week now, as of this writing. The news that the jogger was last seen walking over at 34th and Telegraph has traveled far and wide in Oakland – as has the news that the Oakland Police Department was something like two days slow in investigating the report. You’d think with all of that, and especially the slam against the Oakland Police Department, that Oakland...

Tweet Follow me Oakland News. A bit of a while since the last posting of Oakland News, but that’s because this blogger has spent a lot of time posting Oakland content over at Oakland Focus, just to keep the search engine fires burning over there, and to get back to the initial objective of having the blogs focused on local issues and news ‘feed into’ Zennie62. At any rate, let’s get to it. UPDATE: MAYOR QUAN NEEDS TO GET INVOLVED! Erica Maskaleris is missing, and has been for about the...

Tweet Follow me The recently enacted trigger in the 2011 Budget Control Act referred to as “sequestration” will have a total impact on the Alameda County, CA, of $7.1 Million. That’s according to a Power Point-based report published on February 26th by Kai Mander, Principal Analyst, of the County Administrator’s Office. Mr. Mander’s report said that the following Alameda County departments and programs would be impacted in the $7.1 million of cuts due to sequestration: Community Development...

Tweet Follow me On Monday, Thomas C. Frazier was appointed “Compliance Director” by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson. In this position, Mr. Frazier will have complete authority over the Oakland Police Department, including the ability to set in motion the dismissal of the current police chief, Howard Jordan. Given Thomas C. Frazier’s alleged track record as police chief in Baltimore, Chief Jordan should be concerned. Then-Chief Frazier was considered a racist top cop, who punished black...

Tweet Follow me The Oakland Art Murmur / First Friday Festival took place last Friday, and about one month after the tragic shooting that left Kiante Campbell dead on Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets at the geographic heart of Art Murmur. But before we see that video, here the video that shows the reactions of many just an hour after the shooting took place: And here’s the video this blogger created last Friday, one month later: Where do we go from here? I’d prefer to see The Oakland...

Tweet Follow me Foursquare, the popular location-based social networ, is broken. This blogger makes such an assertion because someone named JaxonP has managed to fraudulently insert themselves in mayor of Lakeshore Cafe, the popular eatery in the Tresle Glen area of Oakland. Trouble is, he has just 14 checkins in 60 days, whereas I have 36 checkins over the same period. Moreover, I was at Lakeshore Cafe yesterday, and the day before, and many times last week and never saw evidence of this JaxonP, and staff has never...

Tweet Follow me Fitness SF has become a popular name, but for all the wrong reasons, and thanks, singularly, to social media, and the gym company’s misuse of it. This blogger’s video blog explains the story as it seemed to be at the time: But the truth is much deeper, and doesn’t make Fitness SF look good at all. To get the full picture, let’s look back to when Fitness SF was the Gold’s Gym franchise for the San Francisco Bay Area. Starting in 2011, when it was learned that Robert...

Tweet Follow me Last night I started to believe in guardian angels. I was at work, was pissed that I had more to do more work at the end. I said to my co-worker, “Man, it seems like it never ends!” Well, THANK “God” it panned out that way. My normal bike ride home at midnight involves me grabbing some kind of late night...

Tweet Follow me Fitness SF, which was once called Gold’s Gym of the San Francisco Bay Area, and of which this vlogger has been a long-time member of it’s Oakland facility, has suffered from the actions of an irate web developer by the name of Frank Jonen. Claiming unpaid invoices, Mr. Jonen has taken to altering the FitnessSF main website in such a way as to inform visitors of the beef he has with FitnessSF owners. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause for you as a customer of FitnessSF,...

Tweet Follow me The City of Oakland’s Communication’s Department sent over this recap of a Monday meeting on the Art Murmur – First Friday Shooting of two weeks ago, with Mayor Jean Quan as host, together with Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan, Councilmember Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, and Oakland residents and business owners. Here it is: City leaders met today with a wide range of people invested in the future of Oakland First Fridays, including...

Tweet Follow me This is a press release on what this blogger calls the Trestle Glenn Robber issued by the Oakland Police Department: Oakland Police Need Help From the Public Oakland, CA — The Oakland Police Department requests assistance from the media and the community in identifying a burglary suspect. Police have released this photo of the person they believe to be responsible for committing a residential burglary. On February 2, 2013, during the day, a home burglary occurred in the Trestle Glenn Area not far...

Tweet Follow me Kiante Campbell, or Kiante Tay Campbell, will be the focus of a memorial this evening at First Place For Youth, located at 1601 Telegraph Avenue right at the corner of Telegraph and 16th Streets in Downtown Oakland (next to the Rotunda and just a hop from Cafe Van Kleef). This blogger found Kiante Campbell’s Facebook page, and it offers some interesting insight into the young man. First, his birthdate: June 12, 1994 Second, he was popular, with 552 Facebook friends, and many from the same...

Tweet Follow me Rebecca D. Kaplan, the Oakland City Council’s At Large representative and new President Pro Tem has sent this statement on the Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Shooting that occurred almost one week ago come this Friday. “The shooting that took the young life of Kiante Campbell in Oakland Friday night was tragic – my prayers are with the victim’s family – and is evidence of a gun violence epidemic throughout our city that we must act to end. Our community is committed to ending gun...

Tweet Follow me The latest news in the case of the Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Shooting that happened Friday night is that a 19-year-old man was charged with assault, but no murder charge was filed. That, even though four people were wounded and one killed – Kiante Campbell of Oakland, 18. According to KTVU.com, 19-year-old Donald Parks Jr. was not charged with murder by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, but assault. Mr. Parks is specifically charged with assault with a semi-automatic...

Tweet Follow me Leoriot on Twitter just reported that five shots were fired “in the direction” of 14th and Peralta in West Oakland. Here’s the tweet: Just heard 5 shots go off in the direction of 14th an peralta in West O and a car speed off #Oakland...

Tweet Follow me Thanks to the video work of Oakland vlogger Matt Gratz, who lives next to the store, Whole Foods Oakland security guards are caught on camera making a mistake that could cost the 55,000-square-foot store at 27th and Oakland Avenue thousands of dollars in a lawsuit. The two guards, not black, are caught on camera holding the African American woman, who’s obviously upset that she is being manhandled over a misunderstanding, and this happened on Friday, February 1st – the day of the same...

Tweet Follow me The City of Oakland’s Communications Department has released a statement that the Oakland Police have arrested a single suspect in the Art Murmur / First Friday Shooting. Here’s the statement: The City has received several media inquiries today regarding the fatal shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of Telegraph Avenue. Police arrested on Saturday night the suspected gunman in that shooting. Details of the arrest, including the suspect’s identity,...

Tweet Follow me In the wake of the Oakland Art Murmur / First Friday Shooting of last Friday night, February 1st, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has issued this statement: We are deeply saddened about the event that occurred after and near the large and peaceful First Friday event last night. We offer our prayers to the families of the victims. The incident took place nearly one hour after the 10 p.m. event closure as police and security personnel were facilitating the reopening Telegraph Avenue. For several years First...