Economy

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...
The Northern California Breathmobile parked at Jack London Square.

Mobile asthma clinic provides free treatment for kids

Breathmobile provides diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions, medicine supply and education at no cost for children under age 18 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Volunteers at the Lift Up Oakland campaign headquarters work to support Measure FF to increase the minimum wage. Photo by Alex Kekauouhah.

Voters say yes to boosting the minimum wage, higher sales tax and reclassifying some felonies

As election results rolled in after the polls closed last night, advocates for several major policy changes celebrated victories at the state, county and local levels, including a statewide initiative that reduced penalties for certain...