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OraQuick, an in-home HIV test, is available at drugstores for about $40.

New “peer navigator” program encourages at-home HIV testing

A new study using networks of friends as “peer navigators” will soon be launched in the East Bay to reach men who may be vulnerable to the AIDS virus. It’s part of an effort to...
Highland Hospital in Oakland is currently undergoing retrofitting to meet seismic safety standards.

Hospitals in Oakland prepare for the next earthquake

When a 6.0 magnitude earthquake—the biggest in 25 years—woke Napa Valley residents early on August 24, it alerted all Bay Area health agencies to be prepared. Hospitals here remember all too well the 6.9 magnitude...
Oakland mayoral candidate Joe Tuman was one of many candidates who debated public safety on April 3 at Temple Sinai in Oakland.

Mayoral candidate: Joe Tuman

The issues for Tuman are public safety and economic development. In his view, the absence of economic development keeps part of the city in poverty and poverty is at the root of most crime. The...
Libby Schaaf

Mayoral candidate: Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf, a District 4 councilmember who announced her run for mayor last year, is hoping her policies on transparent government, safety, education and Oakland’s economy will win her City Hall’s top office in November....
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...
Peter Y. Liu, 33 is a Chinese immigrant entrepreneur who served in the US army and  grew up in Fruitvale. He is a mayoral candidate in Oakland.

Mayoral candidate: Peter Liu

When he turned 23, Army veteran Peter Y. Liu came home from Iraq and found that there wasn’t a job waiting for him in his military specialty, journalism.  The largest metropolitan newspapers on the West...

You Tell Us: Cellphone ‘kill switches’ will cut robberies

About three-fourths of robberies in Oakland involve theft of smartphones. Now a bill passed by the State Senate will require "kill switches" to inactive the phones, thereby removing the incentive to steal them, writes District...
Eric Maundu, an electrical engineer grow fresh foods sustainable in urban cities using smart aquaponic systems.  He teaches at American Steel Studio in West Oakland.

Eric Maundu greens up Oakland at Kijani Grows

Out of a small section of warehouse space in West Oakland, Eric Maundu is growing a big dream. He wants to make it possible for almost anyone to grow food in an economical, energy efficient...
Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...