EBMUD changing its short-term financing for borrowing funds

In an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) unanimously passed a proposal to change their short-term financing in order to reduce long-term risk. EBMUD will be moving from...
Protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza marching on City Hall in opposition to plans for a Hampton Inn to be built downtown. Photo by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz

Union members protest proposed construction of a Hampton Inn in downtown Oakland

Protestors chanted “Living wage, not poverty wage!” and “Downtown Oakland not for sale!” to the lively rhythm of music played by a five-piece band featuring a tuba, saxophone, trumpet and drums as they took the...
Four gamers huddled around a television playing "Super Slam Dunk Touchdown" at Reddit HQ.

Reddit gamer day raises $282,000 for Children’s Hospital

The gamers’ cries were punctuated by clocks of game controllers, flips of cards and a crackle of pizza crusts—all part of the soundtrack at Reddit on November 7 as the social networking and news site...
CA Water Fix

EBMUD planning past drought to “water fix”

The “water fix” is an evolving $15.5 billion Bay Delta conservation plan to stabilize water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The most expensive and controversial part involves building two huge tunnels, thirty miles...
Blüm is one of Oakland's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the eight, Magnolia Wellness is the only one that is unionized.

Will unionizing the cannabis industry bud in Oakland?

Since 2010, the Bay Area’s cannabis industry has been unionizing, in almost every case by the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW.
Adrian Henderson , co-owner of Kingston 11 Cuisine, prepares a drink for a customer.

Wells Fargo partners with local organization to support minority-owned small businesses

On Monday, Wells Fargo launched a partnership with OBDC in an effort to support small businesses in the Bay Area. Through the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program the bank will...
Follow the coal route's journey from the mines of Utah, to Oakland and across the Pacific, here.

Controversy continues as Oakland city council considers joining coal route

Now, a controversial development deal could mean that up to 9.5 to 10.5 millions tons of Utah’s coal will be hauled to Oakland’s port, where it would be shipped westward to countries across the Pacific.
The entrance to PG&E's San Francisco headquarters highlights solar energy in California.

PG&E and SolarCity team up for SunShot program competition

East Bay team includes the city of Livermore, Pacific Gas & Electric and SolarCity. Together, they must install at least ten megawatts of solar panels within 18 months.
Map of the East Bay Municipal Utility District

EBMUD: Drought Measures Working

While the East Bay Municipal Utility District is suffering the worst drought since its founding in 1923, its 1.3 million users face no danger of going dry anytime soon. That was the message from EBMUD...
A Waste Management collection truck during a daily pickup in Oakland, CA

Oakland council votes to roll back compost collection rates after restauranteurs protest

Oakland’s highly controversial composting collection rates have now dropped thanks to a city council vote Tuesday night to amend the $1 billion waste collection contract signed earlier this summer with Waste Management and California Waste...