Development

A pile of items donated to victims of the San Pablo fire sits in a warehouse in West Oakland. Photo by Abner Hauge.

San Pablo Avenue fire victims struggle to get help

The residential building at 2551 San Pablo Avenue caught fire in the early-morning hours of March 27, killing four people and displacing more than 100. That day Strauss started a crowdfunding page to collect donations...

In Oakland, women take the lead as Airbnb hosts

Cynthia Mackey, a 56-year-old self-employed digital marketer, loves to talk about Airbnb. She laughs and smiles, growing excited as she talks about the joy that comes from opening up her home in Oakland’s Adams Point...
Jonah Strauss, a lead organizer with the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, speaks during public comments. "We're here to talk about keeping people in their homes," he said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Oakland City Council reviews post-Ghost Ship fire recommendations, community-written proposal receives little debate

On Tuesday night, the council heard reports by working groups created by Mayor Libby Schaff’s Executive Order 2017-1 on January 11, calling for improving building and fire safety in non-permitted spaces while avoiding displacing their...
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
City of Oakland Economic Development Manager Aliza Gallo explains the Small Business Administration's emergency loan program to John McLeod of Acme Fire Extinguishers Company. Photograph by Abner Hauge

Oakland offers emergency loans to those affected by Ghost Ship fire

The city and the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) are offering low-interest loans and technical assistance to business owners, nonprofits, homeowners and tenants in the vicinity of the fire. According to Economic Development Manager Aliza...
Rayetta Simon stood in front of her home--city's first temporarily sanctioned encampment in West Oakland.

City of Oakland approaches deadline to find housing for homeless living in encampment

Oakland’s six-month program to provide fundamental public services and housing resources at its first sanctioned homeless encampment is two-thirds complete. Yet with less than two months to go, the city is still left with lots...
A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building...
Oakland workers adapt to long commutes despite negative affects on their health and personal lives.

Some Bay Area workers commute for hours for the sake of affordable rent

Cindy Wood spends her weeknights in a vacant apartment at the Pacifica Senior Living facility in Oakland Heights, a long commute away from her husband and children in Santa Rosa. She works as the executive...
Two mourners, among the thousands present, embrace at the candlelight vigil. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Ghost Ship fire mourners gather at lakeside vigil to grieve those lost

A crowd of around 5,000 mourners gathered in vigil for the victims of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire at the edge of Lake Merritt on Monday night. They held electric candles and glow sticks, and listened...