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...
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.