Caitlin Esch

Meet the Ex-Cons Who Are Now Stopping Violence on Oakland’s Streets

Every week, between 10 and 30 men meet for hours at the Rainbow Recreation Center in East Oakland. These are the Men of Influence — mostly ex-convicts who have transformed themselves into respected neighborhood elders, intervening when violence is imminent on the Oakland streets. Their goal is simple: to reduce the shootings and homicides that have … Continue reading Meet the Ex-Cons Who Are Now Stopping Violence on Oakland’s Streets →

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

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 … Continue reading ‘Men of Influence’ Bring Parenting to Oakland’s Toughest Streets →

In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts

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 … Continue reading In Oakland, Trying to Stop Violence Before It Starts →

Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence

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.” … Continue reading Oakland Students March to Protest Gun Violence →

Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides

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 … Continue reading Oakland’s Other Crime Problem: Unsolved Homicides →

District 3 Debate: Garamendi vs. Vann

The race for California’s newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District is heating up. So KQED’s Forum invited Democratic Congressman John Garamendi and Republican challenger Kim Vann to debate the issues on this morning’s Forum show. Host Dave Iverson–and several callers–asked Garamendi and Vann about a variety of topics. Here’s a sampling of the debate: Q: What … Continue reading District 3 Debate: Garamendi vs. Vann →

Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies by KQED

We here at KQED ran to the roof this morning to watch the space shuttle Endeavour fly around San Francisco. It looped around the building twice at 10:30 a.m. before heading down along the coast to Southern California. The actual space shuttle is hitched atop a 747 airliner for it’s final flight. It’s ultimately headed … Continue reading Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies by KQED →

A.M. Splash: Regatta Traffic; Endeavour Flight; Shiny New iPhones

Regatta to square off against big events (Sf Chronicle) Last month’s America’s Cup World Series races may have been a rousing success, but the real test for the city will come the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7, when the regatta squares off against the 49ers, Fleet Week, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a bevy … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Regatta Traffic; Endeavour Flight; Shiny New iPhones →

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Assault Rifles, Mitt Romney, and the Republican Agenda

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is up for reelection this year, facing Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken. Belva Davis, host of KQED’s This Week in Northern California, sat down with Feinstein during last week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Feinstein sounded off about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Republican agenda and banning assault rifles. … Continue reading Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Assault Rifles, Mitt Romney, and the Republican Agenda →

A.M. Splash: Jump-starting California Executions; Mirkarimi Fights to Keep Job; New App to Help Muni

Two prosecutors try to jump-start California executions (San Jose Mercury News) With California voters readying to consider whether to retain the death penalty, two prominent district attorneys, including San Mateo County’s, are mounting a rebel legal campaign to kick-start executions in San Quentin’s long-dormant death chamber. Ross Mirkarimi stepping up efforts to to keep job … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Jump-starting California Executions; Mirkarimi Fights to Keep Job; New App to Help Muni →

San Bruno Blast: Two Years Later, Stories of Lawsuits and Forgiveness

September 9 marks the two-year anniversary of the San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion and fire that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Last year, we talked to five different families who’d been affected, a year after the disaster. For the second anniversary, we spoke to a few of those families to see how … Continue reading San Bruno Blast: Two Years Later, Stories of Lawsuits and Forgiveness →

President Obama’s Speech Sets New Twitter Record

President Barack Obama’s speech last night at the Democratic National Convention set a new record for political moments on Twitter, according to the company. Right after the speech, 52,756 tweets per minute came in referencing @BarackObama and #DNC2012. According to Twitter’s blog: @barackobama delivered a great collection of tweetable lines this evening, and Twitter responded … Continue reading President Obama’s Speech Sets New Twitter Record →

A.M. Splash: Insufficient Oil Refinery Checks; Hantavirus Deaths; Firm Not Charged in Lee Donations

Too few state oil refinery safety checks (SF Chronicle) California regulators have not been conducting the intensive workplace-safety inspections of Chevron’s Richmond plant and the state’s 14 other oil refineries that federal standards call for, a Chronicle investigation shows. Third hantavirus death linked to Yosemite National Park (Bay Area News Group) West Virginia resident is the … Continue reading A.M. Splash: Insufficient Oil Refinery Checks; Hantavirus Deaths; Firm Not Charged in Lee Donations →

African Americans in SF Arrested at High Rates, Analysis Finds

by Shoshana Walter, The Bay Citizen Although African Americans constitute 6 percent of San Francisco’s population, they are about seven times more likely to be arrested than whites, who represent 41.8 percent of the city’s population, according to an analysis of recently released statistics from the California Department of Justice. Blacks are seven times more … Continue reading African Americans in SF Arrested at High Rates, Analysis Finds →