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California Program Hunts Down Illegal Gun Owners

April 5, 2013 | 5:30 am

California Program Hunts Down Illegal Gun Owners

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By Elaine Korry California has some of the most comprehensive gun control laws in the nation. It is also the only state with an active program to disarm people who own guns illegally. Since 2007, the state Department of Justice has been sending trained agents to seize registered firearms from people who have lost their […]

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‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

April 3, 2013 | 6:20 am

‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets

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Arnoldo Garay is coming off a bad year. Last year, when he was 16, Arnoldo said he was drinking, selling drugs and hanging out with a dangerous crowd. Then he fell into a dark depression. “It was crazy,” he said. “I tried to commit suicide.” He was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Sacramento, and […]

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In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts

April 2, 2013 | 6:20 am

In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts

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Tange Harris found herself in the middle of a bad situation a few months ago. When she stopped by her mother’s house in East Oakland, her nephew was out front with two of his kids. Then a group of people showed up. They were there to beat up Harris’ nephew. “It was like 13 people […]

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March 1, 2013 | 11:10 am

Oakland Awaits First Friday: Sorrow, Anxiety Mix With Anticipation for Monthly Party

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For the last several years, the first Friday of every month has been a date Oaklanders, fans of Oakland, art aficionados, and connoisseurs of community celebrations have all looked forward to. Starting with an event called Art Murmur–a gallery walk centered in the Uptown neighborhood on Telegraph Avenue–First Friday has become a monthly street party, […]

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February 25, 2013 | 9:38 am

Oakland Police Consultant Defends ‘Stop, Ask and Frisk’

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Police can’t control crime without stopping and frisking suspects, says William Bratton, a consultant Oakland officials have tapped to cope with the city’s surging crime rate. Speaking in an interview on KQED’s “This Week in Northern California,” on Friday, Bratton fired back at critics of the police tactic often associated with his work in New […]

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Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence

February 21, 2013 | 7:29 pm

Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence

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Elementary school students and teachers from New Highland Academy in Oakland marched to the local library Thursday … with a police escort. They used to take the six-block walk every third Thursday, but gun violence in the neighborhood halted the monthly outings. The group marched wearing signs around their neck that said “Peace. Love. Books.” […]

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Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides

February 12, 2013 | 9:00 am

Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides

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On a recent morning, an ex-convict named Debonaire Dobbz sat shackled to a chair in an Oakland courtroom, charged with murder in a shooting a year ago. “This is not a whodunit. This is not a whodunit case–that’s the tragic element of this,” says Tim Murphy, the public defender representing Dobbz. He says a contractor […]

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February 8, 2013 | 2:31 pm

NPR Covers Oakland Homicides

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National Public Radio has picked up on the Oakland crime story and sent it out over the country’s airwaves. On Thursday NPR ran correspondent Richard Gonzales’ story about the surge in the city’s homicides on “All Things Considered.” Gonzales visited St. Columba Catholic Church on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland and also attended the City […]

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Former Oakland Gang Member Talks Guns, Race, Retaliation, and Bratton

February 1, 2013 | 3:49 pm

Former Oakland Gang Member Talks Guns, Race, Retaliation, and Bratton

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Oakland is a city with its share of struggles: crime, gun violence, under-performing schools. Kevin Grant is working to change that. He is a former Oakland gang member who now works against youth violence by literally taking to the streets. In his work with Oakland Unite, Grant intervenes in retaliatory violence and works to keep […]

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Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

January 28, 2013 | 11:39 am

Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

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Oakland has a gun problem. In 2012 alone, 2,091 armed robberies and 783 shootings were reported. Shootings accounted for the vast majority of the city’s 131 homicides. Add to that illegal gun possession and other related crimes, and Oakland police recorded an average of 11 gun-related crime reports per day for the year, according to […]

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