Economy

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,...
Roger Saechao, 25, a fellow with The Organizing and Leadership Academy, knocked on doors Saturday morning for the 'Oakland vs. Big Soda' campaign in support of Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Oakland.

Oakland soda tax campaign funding tells two different stories

The American Beverage Association has historically invested millions of dollars to defeat public health initiatives aimed at lowering sugary drink consumption, but Oakland's pro-tax measure recently received a financial boost.