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Some of the departments with the most TPT workers include the Oakland Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Photo courtesy of Curtis Cronn via Flickr Creative Commons.

Lack of benefits and work continuity weighs heavily on temporary part-time city workers

For the last three years, Connor Crabb has been working as a recreation leader at Studio One, a city-run center in Oakland that offers afterschool and summer art classes to children. The 24-year-old Oakland native...
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. Photo courtesy of Oakland's City Attorney's Office.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker named 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year

The California State Bar’s Public Law Section has named Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker the 2015 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year (PLOY). The award is named after retired the California Supreme Court...
Gritty City's Lindsay Krumbein and Maurice Jones, Jr. in front of a poster their new production, Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Gritty City Repertory Theater creates a 1970’s-style Shakespeare for young Oakland performers

For Oakland’s artists, The Flight Deck, an arts and performance venue, is an open home. But for one theater group in particular, the space means much more than that. Tucked away in the back of...
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A world of hope: Treating international patients with rare diseases at Children’s Hospital Oakland

Meet Nomin Gambat, a 5-year-old girl who traveled all the way from Mongolia to Children’s Hospital Oakland to seek a clinical treatment for a disease so rare it strikes only 1 in a million people. But coming...
Demonstrators in Downtown Oakland protesting "solitary  confinement" Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons

East Bay residents are joining with demonstrators across the state to protest against what advocates call “solitary confinement” on the 23rd of each month. The first joint protest was on held in downtown Oakland on...
The East Bay Municipal Utility District officers visits Briones Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use

This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even...
The Center for Community Health and Engagement (CCHE) will work inside Children's Hospital Oakland. Photo by Noelia González.

Children’s Hospital’s new center to focus on preventive healthcare programs

After almost two years of planning, on April 28, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland announced that its Center for Community Health and Engagement had been born. What they call “The Center” will function within Children’s Hospital...
Test preparation services, such as Magoosh and The Princeton Review, are provided in different media today. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

More test preparation services compete for affordability and accessibility

Kelsey James-Kavanaugh, a prospective graduate student in wildlife conservation who lives in Oakland, aims to return to sub-Saharan Africa to continue working with lions, a project she had begun as an undergraduate. But before realizing...
Ring-tailed Lemurs at Oakland Zoo. Photo courtesy of Oakland Zoo.

Oakland Zoo partners up with Madagascar’s Centre ValBio to save Lemurs

There’s something furry connecting the distant island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa, with Oakland in the East Bay: lemurs. These charismatic primates are the focus of conservation efforts at Centre ValBio, a...
The city center of Kitobo--the future site of CAL-RAE's micro-grid pilot system (photo by CAL-RAE Team.)

CAL-RAE and New Sun Road deliver solar power from Oakland to Uganda

A solar micro grid, now being shipped in pieces, will arrive in Uganda early June. Once assembled on site, it is designed to carry enough energy to power around 20 businesses and homes on Kitobo,...