Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan teaches his first class at Merritt Community College's pre-academy program.

A new college class offers young Oaklanders and people of color a career path to law enforcement

Merritt's new law enforcement pre-academy program hopes to recruit students of color to the Oakland Police Force. In a department whose officers’ past use of force against minorities fueled generations of distrust, that can be...
Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan speaks in support of the approval of "Oakland's Housing Equity Roadmap." Photo by Lucas Waldron.

City Council approves plan to prevent displacement of residents, increase affordable housing

Oakland’s City Council took steps Wednesday night to address the city’s current housing problem by unanimously approving the “Housing Action Plan and Policy Framework” set out in the “Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.” The policy seeks...
Guillermo Ortiz leads mourners in a traditional Aztec ceremony.

Community mourns loss of Oakland artist, shot dead while painting a peace mural

Around 200 people gathered at a vigil Wednesday morning to honor the life of Antonio Ramos. Ramos, a West Oakland-based artist employed by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), was shot and killed Tuesday while...
View of downtown Oakland.

Health tech companies leaving Mission Bay for downtown Oakland citing lower rent

Biotech companies, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and physicians’ group Brown & Toland to downtown Oakland, are moving to downtown Oakland. The city, already home to health giants like Kaiser Permanente and household products...
Owners of Flora, an up-scale restaurant on Telegraph Ave. and 19th St., have cut back on employee perks to cover increased payroll costs.

Increased minimum wage creates tough choices for Oakland restaurant owners

At restaurants, the increase in minimum wage means wait staff are often getting a wage boost in addition to tips, while cooks don’t see changes in wages.
California State Senator Loni Hancock presents her work from the 2015 legislative session. Photo by Kyle Ludowitz.

State representatives discuss right to die, more money for schools, at Oakland event

State representatives report back from Sacramento on their 2015 achievements. The key topics of conversation were education, healthcare and the state budget.
Runners approach the finish line at SuperSATurday.

Oakland non-profit hosts run to encourage students to take the SAT

Local non-profit hosted SuperSATurday, a family 10K run at Lakeside Park in Oakland. The event was aimed at motivating students to take the SAT and linking them with resources