Economy

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...
Phillip Yip assembles the Oakland Tree Earrings.

The earrings: A multi-step product of Oakland’s “maker” network

The assembly of those bamboo trees on the new mayor's earlobes was an Oakland production, start to finish -- and one small product of the local "maker" culture that inspires the earrings' designer.
Qeyno co-founder Kalimah Priforce describes the purpose of the "rite of passage" ceremony at the end of the My Brother's Keeper Hackathon. Photo by Nicole A. West

Oakland hackathon seeks to develop local talent

This weekend, 10 teams of young people—predominately African American and Latino students between the ages of 7 and 20—worked alongside designers and developers in Oakland to build innovative apps and websites to “hack” their communities.
Handwritten note by F. Scott Fitzgerald on a copy of Tender is the night. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

International antique book fair finds a new home in Oakland

The lines started early. One man asks if this is the queue for ticket holders, hoping that he is in the wrong one. To his disappointment, it’s the right line, so he waits, his anticipation...
Mustafa Ahadi bottles kombucha at the House Kombucha production facility in Fruitvale. Ahadi started working at House Kombucha after completing a food and beverage industry course at the Bread Project, a workforce development program based in Emeryville.

Bread Project offers fresh start for low-income residents

Mustafa Ahadi came to the United States as a refugee after working as a medical translator with the US Armed Forces in Kabul. "This is a good country to find the dreams," he says.
A view of Oakland Omni Commons space from above.

Omni Commons supporters work to build a free, open community workspace

Every corner in this building has something going on: La Commune, a collectively-run and worker-owned bookstore and café, is turning the entrance into a cozy place which will welcome visitors with a cup of something...