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Barriers to reentry challenge parolees looking for work, stable lives

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Oakland Local

Some 30 people, mostly men, pack around a long table at the Private Industry Council in downtown Oakland.

The room looks something like a community college class: A span of ages, attentive, dressed neatly, but informally. But everyone in this class is either on probation or parole.

They are low-level offenders – those for whom prison Gov. Jerry Brown crafted prison realignment. They are here to find out what they need – and what they need to leave behind – to find work.

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Filed under Health, Incarceration, Social issues

Newest U.S. cathedral commands attention as it climbs skyward

Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Jun. 3–It happens throughout the day: Traffic slows near the corner of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street in Oakland as motorists glimpse Christ the Light Cathedral as it takes shape, climbing skyward. Cell phones and cameras emerge from car windows to snap photos.

For now, its warm blond bones lie bare. Soon, glass panels will cloak the massive ark-shaped sanctuary.

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Filed under Faith, Land use/property