Economy

Lance Winters of St. George Spirits discusses distillation in front of a copper distillation system.

Local distilleries toast new law allowing charging for spirit tastings

This holiday season, local high-end spirit makers are rejoicing over the end of a Prohibition-era law. Starting in January, California distilleries will be able to charge for tastings like wineries and breweries currently can.
Compound Gallery co-owner Matt Reynoso acts as the Art in a Box mascot.

Art in a Box curate collections by sending art in boxes

Compound Gallery’s Art in a Box subscription service is transforming the way people collect art by showcasing studio artists' work in 11” x 17” x 3” boxes.
Patchwork sign

Patchwork handmade festival showcases Oakland’s DIY culture

The Jack London Market Square building was transformed into a showcase of Oakland’s ‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) culture at the Patchwork handmade festival.
At the Oakland Sustainability jam, a team creates the prototype for a universal language.

Oakland’s first sustainability jam creates solutions using design thinking

Last weekend, Oakland held its first-ever sustainability jam, which encouraged people to create solutions to economic, environmental and social problems.
An activist brandishes a picket in front of a passing tractor-trailer.

Despite a roar of support, Port of Oakland truckers meet resistance in negotiations

Frustrated truck drivers rolled into downtown yesterday as their representatives met with state and city officials.
Dozens of speakers lined up at Tuesday night's Public Safety Committee meeting to speak out against a proposed youth curfew in Oakland.

Councilmember Noel Gallo’s push for city-wide youth curfew shot down Tuesday night

Oakland City Councilmember’s Noel Gallo’s appeal that “Every city in the U.S. has a curfew” drew boos and yelling from the packed council chambers as his controversial anti-crime strategy was roundly condemned by citizens and...
Participants at CityCamp Oakland packed the City Council chambers for an all-day "unconference" connecting technology and local government.

CityCamp Oakland bridges the divide between tech and local government

Saturday’s “unconference” at Oakland City Hall featured more than a dozen workshops ranging from the city budget, to neighborhood crime issues, to the digital divide, and open data. Over a hundred technology professionals, city staff,...
A photo of an activist screaming at the police.

Port of Oakland seeks injunction to curb truckers’ protests

Port officials said the measure is necessary to prevent protesters from interrupting cargo operations, while truckers called the injunction a scare tactic.