Development

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.
Oakland's Oak Tree residents voice their opinions to Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, October 15 at YEP. Photo Credit: Ms. Jeung, the event photographer

Sex trafficking, youth jobs and buses: mayoral candidates discuss at roundtable

Residents, non-profit organizers, and local businesses owners from the Oak Tree area gathered last Wednesday night at YEP, a youth employment training agency, to hear seven of the 15 mayoral candidates’ strategies for dealing with...
The Scott brothers were busy selling bagels at last week's Kiva Zip event.

City celebrates new Kiva Zip-funded local businesses

The Authentic Bagel Company was one of 12 Oakland-bred businesses honored last week at a party for a special program that helps entrepreneurs gather zero-interest startup funds through online crowd-funding. Other entrepreneurs at the party...
Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
Quan and McElhaney stand with the award.

Uptown named one of the “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association recognized Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as one of the “Great Places in America” in a ceremony yesterday. In the warm afternoon sun, APA Board of Directors member Kurt Christiansen and Hing H....
A Planting Justice volunteer "tickles" the roots of a plant for a newly-built herb garden.

Planting Justice builds edible gardens for urban dwellers

Oakland-based grassroots organization builds edible gardens to grow sustainable food, create jobs, and build community.
Highland Hospital in Oakland is currently undergoing retrofitting to meet seismic safety standards.

Hospitals in Oakland prepare for the next earthquake

Hospitals are conducting emergency drills and retrofitting buildings to withstand the next big shake.
Oakland mayoral candidates grid.

Early candidates for Oakland’s fall mayoral race outline platforms

Oakland elections occupy a complex political landscape, and the upcoming 2014 mayoral contest is no exception.
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...