Economy

At the Berkeley College Republican recruiting table at the Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus Donald Trump's cut-out poster was damaged after a group of protesters ripped it. Here, a campus police officer is taking a photo for her report. Photo by Khaled Sayed

In blue California, Trump supporters focus on other states

The U.S. presidential election is less than two months away, but the campaigns of Republicans and Democrats in Oakland and California couldn’t be more different. According to the website Open Secrets, which tracks campaign contributions,...
Roger Saechao, 25, a fellow with The Organizing and Leadership Academy, knocked on doors Saturday morning for the 'Oakland vs. Big Soda' campaign in support of Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Oakland.

Oakland soda tax campaign funding tells two different stories

The American Beverage Association has historically invested millions of dollars to defeat public health initiatives aimed at lowering sugary drink consumption, but Oakland's pro-tax measure recently received a financial boost.
ITT Tech's Oakland campus has been closed since the company announced it would be ceasing operations nationwide on September 6. Photo by Rosa Furneaux

ITT Technical Institute shuts down, leaving 40,000 students in limbo

Students in Oakland were among thousands nationwide who found their dreams postponed last Tuesday, when one of the country’s largest for-profit technical colleges, ITT Technical Institute, closed its doors.
Oakland City Council chambers in City Hall. (Laura Newberry)

Small businesses call for better communication with City Council

Next spring, Spoiled Boutique owner Mika McCants’ lease will be up for renewal. She’s already paying $2,000 a month for her 400-square-foot storefront in Uptown Oakland, and she’s unsure how her shop will be affected...
Outside of Mi Carnal Market, Abdul Talev hangs a "Vote No" sign.

Oakland grocers raise concerns about soda tax Measure HH

Thirty-five years ago, Abdul Talev’s grandfather opened a small grocery store in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Today, with the family business in his care, Talev is worried a new soda tax will cause him...
Universal Beauty Supply and Salon, which has operated on Telegraph Avenue for 35 years, worries its longtime customers can't find parking in busy Temescal

Temescal business owners see effects of neighborhood change

Adnan Ahmed, a Pakistani immigrant in a blue plaid shirt, looks gloomily around the 41 St Discount Store, just south of 41st Street on Telegraph Avenue in Temescal. At 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday...