Economy

Patricia Davis, owner of First Impression Hair Design in downtown Oakland. Photo by Briana Flin

Oakland businesses offer election day specials for voters

On his lunch break on election day, James Chen walked into Plank, the bowling alley, beer garden and arcade in Jack London Square in Oakland, and asked for a free game card worth $10. Chen...
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her second annual State of The City Address at City Hall.

Oakland residents weigh in on issues they believe affect the city

Reaching for the moon was the theme for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address on October 14, as she introduced the “Oakland Thrives Moon Shot,” a slate of goals to guide...
Kamani Holmes walks through his old neighborhood in "Ghost Town" West Oakland. Photo by Rachel Loyd

Critics say a predictive policing system could amplify racial bias in Oakland

Twenty-two-year-old Kamani Holmes has dark skin, stands about six feet tall, and wears a full beard across his face. A Black Power fist adorns the center of his grey hooded sweater with the words “Movement...
Damion Square, a local Black student leader, sports a black beret in salute to the Black Panther Party at the party's 50th anniversary rally in Oakland. Photo by Rachel Loyd

The Black Panther Party’s Ten-Point Program, 50 years later

The Black Panther Party (BPP) was founded on October 15, 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The party was a political organization that agitated for greater rights for Black people...
Data visualization by Margaret Katcher; Data source: Cal-Access, "Proposition 061 - State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.," accessed November 3, 2016

Digesting Proposition 61: regulating drug prices

Proposition 61, appearing on the ballot November 8, would prohibit the state of California from purchasing prescription drugs from a manufacturer for any price higher than that paid by the US Department of Veteran Affairs,...
Platinum Dirt owner Dustin Page in the heart of his manufacturing workshop. Photo by Alexandria Fuller.

From junk to jackets: Oakland retailer upcycles vintage car seats

A brown building with tall doors opened to the ringing sound of sewing machines. Inside were racks of red-and-white leather jackets with pieces of the Cadillac logo, multicolored wrist wallets and leather bags. It was...
Gabrielle Marie Valentine, Kitchen Lead at Steel Rail in Jack London Square, pours a cup of persimmon sweet potato soup during the usual Thursday evening lull. Photo by Brian Krans.

Local chefs take over Steel Rail’s kitchen for Friday night bites

Local chefs take over Steel Rail's kitchen on Friday nights for the restaurant's fall series, Off the Rails.
Attorney John Burris speaks to the media at the Hayward Hall of Justice before Oakland officer Giovanni LoVerde's arraignment. Photo by Andrew Beale.

John Burris, lawyer who tackled “Riders,” takes on Guap case

One of the Bay Area’s most distinguished civil rights lawyers has taken on the case of a sexually-exploited teen suing the City of Oakland and several other Bay Area jurisdictions.
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...