Members of the East Bay Residents for Responsible Housing group hold signs during the public comments section of Tuesday's meeting.

McElhaney missing meetings as criticism intensifies over ethics complaint: “Where is your council president?”

At the Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday night, tensions flared as councilmembers discussed a June Alameda County civil grand jury report, which found that an Oakland city councilmember violated government ethics and conflict of...
Ian Simmons, 33, of Oakland, is working to open a market in North Oakland by the end of the year. Seeing friends and family with health problems he believes are related to soda consumption, he says he supports Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Soda, income, race, health: the issues behind Oakland’s Measure HH

Modern science is slowly unraveling the link between sugar and preventable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases, conditions that affect the health of minorities, the young, and the poor more than anyone else....
Pediatric residents at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The hospital recently received a a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which it will use to send residents on site observations at juvenile justice centers, food banks and group homes. (Photo Courtesy Celine Sparrow)

Grant sends residents out of hospital, into community

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland can add one more item to its list of achievements: a $1.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her annual State of the City Address on Friday at City Hall. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Schaaf talks Oakland ‘moon shot’ at State of City

Schaaf opened her State of the City speech with a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moon shot” speech at Rice University in 1962, during which he promised Americans that the United States would...
Data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the California Department of Economic Development

U.S. has modest job gains in September, East Bay economy is still growing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5 percent in September. Meanwhile, the most recent data for the Bay Area shows Alameda County’s unemployment rate at...
Chelsea Skorka, an activist with the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters, door-knocks in District 2 to raise awareness for Measure JJ. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Committee to Protect Oakland Renters volunteers go door-to-door promoting Measure JJ

Last Saturday Committee to Protect Oakland Renters volunteers walked door-to-door asking residents to vote yes on a ballot measure called Measure JJ that would regulate Oakland rent increases and evictions.
A large pothole outside of the Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse.

Measure KK aims to solve Oakland’s pothole problems

In November, voters will decide on Measure KK, which asks if the city should approve a general bond that would invest up to $600 million for street and sidewalk repairs and to fix aging public...
Baba Zumbi discussing the future of music on panel  to discussed Tools for the future at Oakland Music Festival panel meeting at Sole Space 1714 Telegraph ave, Oakland, CA. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Bigger than ever, the Oakland Music Festival is back for nine days

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it but what if your goal is to transform it? After three years of steadily increasing attendance and growing popularity, Oakland Music Festival (OMF) CEO and founder...
Save the Plastic Bag Ban Campaign brought their inflated Turtle mascot on UC Berkeley campus to raise awareness about Prop 67 and the ban of single use plastic bags in California. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland business owners weigh in on potential to veto plastic bag ban

“I don’t care darling. I just serve my customers. Plastic or paper, I don’t care,” said Nikki Yi, the owner of the Fat Cat sandwich store on Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, while preparing a...
The event featured a "Solutionaries" panel. From left to right: featured Jose Corona; Chris Chatmon (OUSD); Deanna VanBuren (Forum Design Studio); Lance Coleman (ZooLabs).

Community members and leaders discuss future of Oakland at Impact Hub

Community members and leaders gathered at Impact Hub Oakland Tuesday night for a discussion about the future of Oakland and the idea of cultural prosperity. The event is a part of Co-Creating the Future of...
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,...