Environment

A volunteer for the last five years, Marsha Felton boxes up supplies in MedShare's San Leandro warehouse. (Photo by Pallavi Somusetty)

MedShare saves surgical tools from landfills

What happens to the unused surgical tools from Kaiser Oakland’s operating room? They end up at healthcare agencies such as Roots Community Health Center in Oakland, CA, one of 20 safety net clinics in the...
Protesters can be seen speaking and holding signs to oppose a proposed crematorium. Photo by Nigel Manuel

No new crematoria, say council and demonstrators

Oakland residents showed support at last night's City Council meeting for an ordinance that limits the construction of new crematoria. Councilmembers also voted on a Jack London Square redevelopment and recognized community volunteers and organizations.
A Planting Justice volunteer "tickles" the roots of a plant for a newly-built herb garden.

Planting Justice builds edible gardens for urban dwellers

Oakland-based grassroots organization builds edible gardens to grow sustainable food, create jobs, and build community.
Highland Hospital in Oakland is currently undergoing retrofitting to meet seismic safety standards.

Hospitals in Oakland prepare for the next earthquake

Hospitals are conducting emergency drills and retrofitting buildings to withstand the next big shake.