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Author Archives: Jose Fermoso
Jose Fermoso covers road safety, transportation, and public health for The Oaklandside. His previous work covering tech and culture has appeared in publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, and One Zero. Jose was born and raised in Oakland and is the host and creator of the El Progreso podcast, a new show featuring in-depth narrative stories and interviews about and from the perspective of the Latinx community.
The long history of protesting for safer roads in Oakland
Residents now organizing for safer streets echo similar calls made in the past by the Black Panthers, disability rights activists, and East Oakland Latinos.
A movement against traffic violence rises in Oakland
A resident-led ‘rapid response’ group has been following tragic collisions with street protests, building solidarity with impacted communities.
How ranked-choice voting works in Oakland elections
You don’t have to settle for 1 candidate for mayor, school board, and more. You can pick up to 5 through the city’s instant runoff process.
East Oakland police chase leaves a bystander dead
Oakland police say a man wanted for brandishing a gun fled officers this morning, setting off a deadly chase.
AC Transit and BART board candidates debate free fares, mask mandates, accessibility
Transit candidates shared their platforms at a forum focused on issues relevant to seniors and people with disabilities. Here’s what they said.
The road ahead: A conversation with Fred Kelley, Oakland’s new transportation director
Kelley, who took over OakDOT this summer, said he plans to continue leading the department to make streets safer for everyone.
Oakland residents cheer new catalytic converter law, but some worry it won’t end thefts
A bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom regulates the recycling of catalytic converters to prevent thefts, a problem that’s been rampant in the East Bay.
After mistakes in 2020, is Alameda County ready for the 2022 election?
A judge rejected a public records lawsuit brought by two voting rights organizations hoping to pressure the county to hand over voting data.
East Bay Greenway promises a walkable path from Oakland’s Lake Merritt to South Hayward
The latest in bike and pedestrian safety improvements will connect communities in East Oakland.
East Bay Bike Party cyclists reeling from reckless driver incident
Organizers of the monthly ride—which often traverses Oakland and Berkeley—say it’s just another example of aggressive behavior by people behind the wheel.
“A literal gash in the neighborhood.” Pete Buttigieg, officials address Oakland’s streetscape disparities￼
The U.S. Transportation Secretary and Congresswoman Barbara Lee said aid for infrastructure from Washington can help alleviate inequalities.
Busted streets, new bike paths: 10 big transportation projects Oakland is working on right now
From East to West Oakland and Fruitvale in between, city engineers and construction workers are hard at work.
Traffic pollution is increasing health care costs for Oakland seniors, study finds
New research shows that seniors living near high-traffic roadways, including Oakland’s I-880 and I-580, experience more health problems.
Everything Oakland residents need to know about the 2022 election
How to register and vote, what’s on the ballot, voters’ rights, and other Nov. 8 election essentials.
Oakland wants to reduce sidewalk parking. Some car owners are pushing back
Vehicles blocking sidewalks are a common obstacle, forcing pedestrians into roads.
Senior and disability advocates want a North Oakland intersection made more pedestrian friendly
55th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way is missing accessible pedestrian signals and digital signs that let people know how much time they have left to cross.
As Oakland kids go back to school, parents and teachers worry about dangerous streets
Some are launching their own safety campaigns, including walking groups, Nextdoor pleas, and letters to city staff.
‘Electric bike library’ planned for Oakland
The city wants to use a $1 million state grant to buy 500 e-bikes for low-income neighborhoods.
Streets north of Lake Merritt are in line to get protected bike lanes and other safety upgrades
Harrison and 27th Street in Oakland would be rebuilt with bicyclist and pedestrian safety in mind.