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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

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Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024
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PCCDs classified employees pose for a pic at the first-ever professional development day for classified professionals. PCCD Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson reflected on the event in her report to the Board of Trustees. (Source: PCCD)
Peralta’s leadership search, CCC public safety earmark, and “rumors” discussed at 4/9 meeting of PCCD Trustees
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • April 24, 2024
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez, who was sworn onto the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on Dec. 12, 2023, sees her role as an opportunity to uplift her fellow students and advocate for the value of a community college education.
Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez aims to lift voices and empower students at PCCD
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • February 28, 2024
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    New ‘LocalWise’ hiring hall

    “New Student-Focused Job Board, Localwise, aims to strengthen local communities”
    Imagine a job board that’s perfectly tailored for students. All the jobs are convenient, local, part-time, and most importantly, they’re all paid. Lucky for East Bay students, that job board just launched eight weeks ago. It’s called LocalWise. 
    “It’s super grassroots right now,” says LocalWise co-founder Ben Hamlin. Hamlin is just arriving from five hours of door-to-door drop-ins with local business owners. According to Hamlin, one of the main differentiators of LocalWise from other job boards is the direct local engagement. “We’ve met literally over 1,000 business owners,” he says. 
    One of the conditions of LocalWise is that it’s exclusive to postings from local businesses and non-profits. This is because it’s poised to be more than just a job board. For Hamlin, It’s a community building exercise. It’s a movement. 
    “The way things are going, the world is moving in a direction we aren’t happy with,” says Hamlin. “Places become sterile with no local businesses, and we want to give local businesses a fighting chance.” 
    Local businesses, according to Hamlin, “bring uniqueness to a community.” Supporting local businesses strengthens the community as the money earned will typically stay within the community.
    “If we vote with our wallet on convenience and price, we’re voting for businesses that are all the same,” says Hamlin. “You’re enriching shareholders of large companies like Target, and they don’t care about the community.” 
    Hamlin’s love for local businesses began at an early age. Both he and his business partner, Maya Tobias, are children of local business owners. In high school, Hamlin launched his own catering company, and Tobias managed an on-line shop on ETSY where she sold her crafts. They met through Cal’s Social Entreaupreunership MBA program. Guided by a common mission to strengthen communities, they set out to create a streamlined job source with students in mind. It was last May that they initially began laying out the groundwork for Localwise, and now that it’s launched, their next steps are to get the word out. 
    “It’s probably one of the only job boards with more posted jobs thancandidates,” says Hamlin. “If you have any friends looking for a job, tell them about Localwise.”

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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