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Cannabis plants used at Oaksterdam University to give students hands-on cultivation training. Oaksterdam is preparing to offer new classes to teach businesses and physicians about the new regulations. Photo by Nate Sheidlower.

Cannabis industry in limbo as California ends pot prohibition

With the passage of Proposition 64 on the November 8 ballot, and new statewide medical cannabis regulations about to be implemented, California state regulators get to spend the next 13 months establishing all the rules...
Platinum Dirt owner Dustin Page in the heart of his manufacturing workshop. Photo by Alexandria Fuller.

From junk to jackets: Oakland retailer upcycles vintage car seats

A brown building with tall doors opened to the ringing sound of sewing machines. Inside were racks of red-and-white leather jackets with pieces of the Cadillac logo, multicolored wrist wallets and leather bags. It was...
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her annual State of the City Address on Friday at City Hall. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Schaaf talks Oakland ‘moon shot’ at State of City

Schaaf opened her State of the City speech with a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moon shot” speech at Rice University in 1962, during which he promised Americans that the United States would...
Data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the California Department of Economic Development

U.S. has modest job gains in September, East Bay economy is still growing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the U.S. unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5 percent in September. Meanwhile, the most recent data for the Bay Area shows Alameda County’s unemployment rate at...
Demonstrators outside Oakland City Hall took part in the national Renter's Day of Action.

Renters’ rights, landlord responsibilities core of Oakland’s Measure JJ

Demonstrator's outside of Oakland City Hall participated in the national Renter's Day of Action on September 22, highlighting the Oakland City Measure JJ that would introduce stricter regulations on landlords.
A crowd of CNA members, activists and legislators gather to discuss Sutter Health’s plan to close its Alta Bates Campus in Berkeley.

Nurses hold town hall to oppose closure of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley

Sutter Health, which runs the campus as part of its Alta Bates Summit Medical Center based in Oakland, announced last October that it intends to close the campus between 2018 and 2030 and consolidate all...
Burma Superstar full of customs late at night.

Employees file lawsuit against popular Bay Area restaurant

About 100 current and former employees of the popular Bay Area restaurant chain Burma Superstar have filed a lawsuit claiming pay and benefit violations. The workers claim that Burma Superstar—in its three restaurants in San...
Marty Frates, secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 70, is supportive of Hillary Clinton, but wishes she would adopt some of Bernie Sanders' positions.

Labor Day picnic celebrates working person, attendees talk politics

Union members from Oakland and surrounding cities came to Alameda Point Park on Monday to enjoy some free hot dogs and to celebrate their solidarity at the annual East Bay Labor Day picnic. Political activity...
The first all-women's Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship cohort pose with their certificates on the day of their graduation. Photo courtesy of Rising Sun Energy Center.

Women Build graduates its first all-female class in the construction trades

The majority of people in the room seemed to be women, and many wore proud smiles on their faces. They were attending the graduation ceremony of the first all-female Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship...