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

The Citizen

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The Citizen

Abigail McMurry, Acting President of Associated Students of Laney College, spoke against last-minute class cancellations at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting.
Class cancellations, basic needs, and 'flying pigs' at 5/14 meeting for PCCD Trustees
Ian Waters, News Editor • June 1, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
Melanie Dixon appointed CoA President
After two years of acting appointments, the College of Alameda will finally fill the presidency with a permanent hire this summer
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer • May 23, 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

    Resource fair for homeless promises food, shelter, more

    HomelessThe Bay Area is no stranger to homelessness. Many people suffering and in need of services have a hard time getting help to improve their situations. To help remedy the situation a Resource Fair will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Mosswood Park Recreation Center, 3612 Webster St., in Oakland. (The site is three blocks from McArthur BART and along AC Transit lines 51A and 57.
    The fair is supported by Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS) in cooperation with many other groups, including East Bay Homeless Connect. 
    This event will bring as many services together in one place as possible. The goal is to help the homeless, especially those who may not avail themselves of services that they are entitled to. 
    It will feature free medical, dental and vision screenings; free food, art, music and clothing; free one-time hotel vouchers (first come-first served) as well as referrals to resources including education, employment, legal services and more. 
    Having all these resources together is designed to make it easier for the homeless to access them and to find out what is available. According to BOSS Grants and Individual Giving Manager Christine Lias, “It is meant to be a one-stop shop.”


    Some of the organizations offering services will be Berkeley Acupuncture and Detox Clinic, Swords to Plowshares, Suitcase Clinic, Bay Area Legal Aid, BOSS housing Services, and BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC). Because this is the first event of its kind in Oakland no one is sure how many participants will attend. 
    Organizers are hoping that there will be a 1 to 1 ratio of homeless to volunteers. A large group of volunteers from Albany High School who helped BOSS organize the event will be on hand.
    Although Homeless Connect events have been held successfully in other cities, this will be the first in Oakland. The budget for the Homeless Connect was only about $6,000. If you would like to help with the costs of this event a Go Fund Me Page has been set up at

    Homeless Shelter Contact Info

    East Oakland Community Project (must have a referral): 510–532–3211
    Emergency Shelter Program: 510–786–1246
    Fesco (children and families): 510–581–3223
    Bay Area Rescue Mission (single women and families): 510–215–4860
    Salvation Army: 510–437–9437
    Salvation Army “Garden Street Shelter” (families): (510) 437–9437.
    Second Chance (women, families, men 18+; phone at 8 a.m.): 510–792–4357
    Shepard’s Gate: 925–449–0163
    Bay Area Rescue Mission (men; first come, first serve basis): 510–215–4868
    For more information, contact Indra Thadani at 510–464–3516.

    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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