Housing

Some supporters hold up their pick for the city's next mayor.

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Jean Quan

Quan depicts rising Oakland with 10K Two plan

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan painted her vision of Oakland rising, with her 10K Two plan for new housing, a rebuilt police force in progress, and the retention of its beloved sports teams.
Nwo Oo speaks at the TEDxPeacePlaza 2013. Photo credit: Jason Jao.

Nwe Oo provides a voice for Burmese refugees in Oakland

Nwe Oo, a Rakhine Burmese refugee based in Oakland, is an advocate for human rights and adamantly speaks out against domestic violence.
St. Mary's Center

For 40 years, St. Mary’s Center tackles a wide range of community issues

Since its founding by the St. Mary’s Parish in 1973, the center has tackled issues faced by the city’s elderly population, from homelessness and hunger to addiction resources and medication monitoring. Now an interfaith nonprofit,...
People sit at a desk.

Finance fair offers free advice to combat foreclosure

This Thursday kicks off the American Dream Event, a free, five-day financial fair for homeowners who are looking for ways to lower their monthly mortgage payments and for homebuyers who want to take out a...
Art on Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue a ‘bohemian jewel’ on the Oakland waterfront

For decades, the last block of Fifth Avenue has attracted artisans and craftsmen who find creative space amid the industry and decay on the Oakland waterfront.
Photo by Sara Bernard.

Oakland named America’s “most exciting city” in Movoto top 10 list

Oakland. Home of the Black Panthers. Of Gertrude Stein. Of notorious corners, multimillion-dollar drug empires. Hyphy music. Hella. And, more recently, of the upscale Blue Bottle Coffee. Now according to an online real estate company called...
Soils throughout parts of Oakland may be contaminated by lead, a remnant of the city's industrial past.

A caution for Oakland’s urban gardeners: lead in the city’s soil

In neighborhoods like West and East Oakland, you can drive for miles without passing even one grocery store. To fight food scarcity, a lot of neighborhoods have started to claim vacant lots and turn them...