Bay Citizen

Used for articles to be distributed to the Bay Citizen.

Oakland's low rider police car celebrates its 20 year anniversary.

OPD squad car of fallen officer revamped into Oakland’s first police low rider

“This is Jose,” said Captain Steven Tull of Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) District 4. “He doesn’t think about himself — he thinks about others.” Jose Ortiz, a longtime community organizer in the Fruitvale district, smiled...
The 2014 rendition of Longfellow neighbours' improvised lemonade stand "parklet" on Oakland's MLK Way.

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.
A security vehicle drives past 9850 Kitty Lane, the site of a proposed Neptune Society crematory that would burn 3,000 bodies a year. Environmental groups are concerned the facility will pollute nearby businesses and homes with mercury and other contaminants. (Photo by: Sean Greene)

‘Mega-crematorium’ still sparking controversy

Community activists and environmentalists want the City of Oakland to permanently block a proposed giant crematory proposed near the airport.
Photo by Julie Brown.

Oakland by the ZIP code: Photos from the 94602

Enjoy this week's photo gallery for The Pulse of Oakland project—this week’s featured ZIP code is 94602 in East Oakland. The area includes the Dimond district, Glenview, Oakmore and more!
See an interactive map of Oakland restaurants participating this week, courtesy of OaklandRestaurantWeek.org.

Panel of local food entrepreneurs kicks off Oakland’s third annual Restaurant Week

Restaurants across the city are offering special, fixed-price menus for Oakland’s third annual Restaurant Week. The ten-day event began on Friday and will run until January 27, offering diners an array of choices from seafood...
The West African Highlife Band performs at the downtown Oakland City Center to celebrate Kwanzaa.

The West African Highlife Band performs in downtown Oakland for Kwanzaa

The sounds of rhythmic drumbeats mixed with guitar, keyboard and bass notes, accompanied by the rustle and rattle of a beaded gourd filled downtown Oakland with the melody of African-inspired songs in recognition of Kwanzaa,...
Jim Burress and his wife Sue Magee, Oakland residents, proudly show their favorite reusable bag. Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County.

Plastic supermarket bags to disappear, come January—and paper bags will cost you

Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County, and customers will have to pay for their paper bags at the checkout counter. The Reusable...
A Lovely Day

A Lovely Day: A new documentary highlights Hip-Hop therapy in local high schools

In 2009, Tomás Alvarez III sat at his desk as a group of nine teenagers filed into his classroom at Oakland High School. This was the fifth year of his Beats, Rhymes and Life program,...
L. Frank Manriquez

Native Americans work to revitalize California’s indigenous languages

California was once home to over 300 Native American dialects and as many as 90 languages. Today, only about half of those languages are still with us and many are working to revive them.