Oakland Voices Speak Out on the Changes in Oakland

The changes are everywhere, from skyrocketing rents to a vibrant Uptown, from complaints about choir practice to barbecue permits at Lake Merritt. The Oakland Voices correspondents took a look at the changes in Oakland and how they are affecting their neighborhoods and their view of the city. Read their thought-provoking stories below.

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Brenda Payton has been a journalist for 40 years. She was a columnist at the Oakland Tribune
for 26 years. She contributed to KQED radio’s Perspective series for 20 years. She was a co
-producer of
“Your Loan Is Denied,” a documentary about lending discrimination that aired on PBS’ Frontline. She
was a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner, the Boston Phoenix and the New Bedford Standard Times. She was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, teaching newswriting, reporting and feature writing.

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