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Joshua Gause, security guard of 1544 Events, guards the door during the "Hope Art" project on Sunday, November 11, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Business owners take damage done during anti-Trump protests in stride

On election night, protesters gathered in downtown Oakland after midnight yelling angry things like “Not my president!” and “Fuck Trump!” in the quiet streets. Others took it a step further and lashed out against nearby...
OPD officers arrest a protester in downtown Oakland. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Oakland protests Trump victory: The night in photos

For the second night in a row, on Wednesday protesters took to Oakland's streets to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. What started as a series of...
Patricia Davis, owner of First Impression Hair Design in downtown Oakland. Photo by Briana Flin

Oakland businesses offer election day specials for voters

On his lunch break on election day, James Chen walked into Plank, the bowling alley, beer garden and arcade in Jack London Square in Oakland, and asked for a free game card worth $10. Chen...
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her second annual State of The City Address at City Hall.

Oakland residents weigh in on issues they believe affect the city

Reaching for the moon was the theme for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address on October 14, as she introduced the “Oakland Thrives Moon Shot,” a slate of goals to guide...
Visitors discuss their business ideas at the Latinx Tech Conference in Oakland. Photo by Craig Hickerson.

Latinx Tech offers mentorship to new Latino entrepreneurs

Facing a crowd of over 100 people, Nilton J. Serva, a 19 year-old Latino entrepreneur, pitched his idea for an app that connects career mentors with Latinos and Latinas. An audible “Wow!” was heard from...
Guests enjoy their meals at Taste, an annual culinary event to fundraise money for Girls Inc. programs on October 15, 2016. Photo courtesy by Girls Inc. of Alameda County.

Bay Area top female chefs cook up $500,000 for local youth

Piles of dishes clatter behind the red big curtains and dozens of waiters, as chefs and their assistants try to move around the small back room, quickly coming in and out of the kitchen. Assembly...
Platinum Dirt owner Dustin Page in the heart of his manufacturing workshop. Photo by Alexandria Fuller.

From junk to jackets: Oakland retailer upcycles vintage car seats

A brown building with tall doors opened to the ringing sound of sewing machines. Inside were racks of red-and-white leather jackets with pieces of the Cadillac logo, multicolored wrist wallets and leather bags. It was...
Gabrielle Marie Valentine, Kitchen Lead at Steel Rail in Jack London Square, pours a cup of persimmon sweet potato soup during the usual Thursday evening lull. Photo by Brian Krans.

Local chefs take over Steel Rail’s kitchen for Friday night bites

Local chefs take over Steel Rail's kitchen on Friday nights for the restaurant's fall series, Off the Rails.
From left, Dr. John Maa, secretary of the San Francisco Medical Society; Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland vice mayor; San Francisco Board of Supervisor member Malia Cohen; and Dr. Jared Fine, the former dental health administrator for the Alameda County Public Health Department, host a press conference Friday afternoon at the Oakland headquarters of the American Heart Association after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a cease and desist letter to the opposition of Measure HH. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Bernie Sanders wants out of “false” anti-soda tax ads

Beverage makers receive another cease and desist letter regarding advertising in their campaign against proposed soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco. The latest notice is from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Pediatric residents at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The hospital recently received a a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which it will use to send residents on site observations at juvenile justice centers, food banks and group homes. (Photo Courtesy Celine Sparrow)

Grant sends residents out of hospital, into community

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland can add one more item to its list of achievements: a $1.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her annual State of the City Address on Friday at City Hall. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Schaaf talks Oakland ‘moon shot’ at State of City

Schaaf opened her State of the City speech with a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moon shot” speech at Rice University in 1962, during which he promised Americans that the United States would...
Save the Plastic Bag Ban Campaign brought their inflated Turtle mascot on UC Berkeley campus to raise awareness about Prop 67 and the ban of single use plastic bags in California. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland business owners weigh in on potential to veto plastic bag ban

“I don’t care darling. I just serve my customers. Plastic or paper, I don’t care,” said Nikki Yi, the owner of the Fat Cat sandwich store on Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, while preparing a...