Economy

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has authored a bill to grant professional cheerleaders minimum wage and overtime compensation.

California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among...
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...
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...
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...
Demonstrators representing SEIU United Healthcare Workers chant at the "Fight for $15" rally on Sproul Plaza. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Hundreds of workers rally across the East Bay for the “Fight for $15”

Fast food and low-wage workers in Oakland, Richmond and Berkeley joined a workers’ strike dubbed “Fight for $15” on Wednesday, continuing a two-year-long campaign that calls on fast food chains to institute a $15 minimum...
Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels in Atchison Village, Richmond.

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...
Allan Qin drinking coffee at Peet's Coffee & Tea, where he interns as part of a Genesys Works program for high school students. Photo by Nina Zou.

Genesys Works matches high school students with tech internships

Unlike most of his classmates at Skyline High School in Oakland, Allan Qin, a shy 18-year-old, finishes class at noon and goes straight to work at the Emeryville headquarters of Peet’s Coffee & Tea. His...
Keishna's Kiddie Corner offers 24 hour childcare for parents in Oakland. For many parents who work non-traditional jobs, having affordable and flexible childcare is a necessity.

In East Oakland, a couple offers 24-hour, two-parent day care

On a Thursday morning just before lunch, 40-year-old Eugene Hamilton is looking at one of the two-year-old boys in his daycare. “You’re going to behave properly and not like a baby if you want to...