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Some Oakland business owners recognize “Day Without Immigrants”

Protest sends a message about what is happening and how business owners are fighting for people who work for them.
EBMUD urges East Bay residents to use water wisely even though drought is over. Photo by Julia Vassey.

East Bay drinking water reservoirs reach full capacity

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)’s recent announcement that its drinking water reservoirs have reached full capacity might sound alarming after the spillway crisis in Oroville, but staffers say that is actually good news.
Barbers, Books & Bridges founder Denmark Gatewood holds up books for the audience to choose from for the read-aloud. (Ryan Lindsay/Oakland North)

Oakland non-profit promotes literacy through diversity and representation

Denmark Gatewood had a captive audience. On Saturday, he sat on a small stage reading children’s books filled with stories about Black children, written by Black authors to a group of mostly Black children and...
A Star Trek fan examines a painting of Captain Picard in the exhibit. (Photo Cameron Clark)

Star Trek fans celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary

February 3rd marked the opening of the "Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years." exhibition at the Chabot Space & Science Center. This event drew Trekkies from all over the Bay Area to examine the wide...
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
Jessica Escobar said she was marching to support undocumented friends and family members. Photo taken January 21, 2017 at the Oakland Women's March by Rachel Loyd.

Bay Area officials support sanctuary cities, despite threats of federal cuts

On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, such as Oakland and Richmond. But Bay Area officials are pushing back and affirming the status of sanctuary cities.
City of Oakland Economic Development Manager Aliza Gallo explains the Small Business Administration's emergency loan program to John McLeod of Acme Fire Extinguishers Company. Photograph by Abner Hauge

Oakland offers emergency loans to those affected by Ghost Ship fire

The city and the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) are offering low-interest loans and technical assistance to business owners, nonprofits, homeowners and tenants in the vicinity of the fire. According to Economic Development Manager Aliza...
Danish filmmaker Lasse Lau

Art exhibit exploring sexuality in the kitchen opens in Pro Arts Gallery

“Technologies of the Kitchen”, a month-long art exhibit opened last week. It's about challenging anti-sexuality and other “healing institutions”—the artists wanted to express the ideas of gender and resistance, instead of making those things invisible.
Rayetta Simon stood in front of her home--city's first temporarily sanctioned encampment in West Oakland.

City of Oakland approaches deadline to find housing for homeless living in encampment

Oakland’s six-month program to provide fundamental public services and housing resources at its first sanctioned homeless encampment is two-thirds complete. Yet with less than two months to go, the city is still left with lots...