Housing

Demonstrators in Downtown Oakland protesting "solitary  confinement" Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons

East Bay residents are joining with demonstrators across the state to protest against what advocates call “solitary confinement” on the 23rd of each month. The first joint protest was on held in downtown Oakland on...
Tadios Belay at his office. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Horn of Africa Human Rights Network offers its community a hand

In the corner of the Ethiopian Community Center in Oakland sits a young lawyer, waiting for his clients to arrive. It’s past lunchtime, and the delicious aroma of Ethiopian food still lingers in the air....
The Northern California Breathmobile parked at Jack London Square.

Mobile asthma clinic provides free treatment for kids

Breathmobile provides diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions, medicine supply and education at no cost for children under age 18 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Mike Wang CCK instructor paddles near Jack London Square

Oakland North spotlight: California Canoe and Kayak

Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.
Nuisance Eviction Ordinance break-out meeting with sex worker advocates and concerned Oakland residents with Deputy City Attorney, Richard Illgen on November 5.

Nuisance Eviction Ordinance changes regarding sex workers upset advocacy groups

Sex worker advocacy groups in the Bay Area have taken to social media and traditional media methods to express their outrage over Oakland’s recent updates to an existing “nuisance eviction ordinance” for housing. Advocates believe...
The 2014 rendition of Longfellow neighbours' improvised lemonade stand "parklet" on Oakland's MLK Way.

MLK parklet becomes the seed for a neighborhood’s dreams

Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.
Causa Justa members debrief after the advancement of a Tenant Protection Ordinance at Tuesday's special committee meeting

After contentious meeting, Tenant Protection Ordinance will advance

Emotions ran high as tenants, landlords and council members discussed whether or not to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance during a Special Community and Economic Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The Ordinance was ultimately...
Quan and McElhaney stand with the award.

Uptown named one of the “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association recognized Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as one of the “Great Places in America” in a ceremony yesterday. In the warm afternoon sun, APA Board of Directors member Kurt Christiansen and Hing H....
Mayor Jean Quan

Mayoral candidate: incumbent Mayor Jean Quan

Undaunted by critics of her leadership, incumbent Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the first Asian American woman elected to lead a major U.S. metropolis, is fighting to keep her job at City Hall.  Her platform stresses...
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.