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Civic leaders speak out against child exploitation in East Oakland. From left to right: Councilmember Noel Gallo, Lt. Henderson Jordan, Community Activist Genice Jacobs, and Mayor Jean Quan.

Quan announces plan to stop sexual exploitation of children in Oakland

In one of her last organizing projects as mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan announced last week a new effort to stop the sexual exploitation of children along a stretch of East Oakland. The city began...
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.
Abria Shankle, 21, was dating Isaiah Sudan at the time of his death. The couple was planning to move out of Oakland in the coming months. Photo by Gina Pollack.

Friends and family gather to remember shooting victim Isaiah Sudan: “The violence needs to stop”

For three months, Phyllis left her house every night at 9:30 p.m., stood on the sidewalk and looked around, the streetlight illuminating 54th Street in a fluorescent haze. She studied the windows of the homes...
Jeri Lacks Whye and Kim Lacks speak to a rapt audience at Samuel Merritt University to kick off the school's first annual Community Reads program.

Legacy of “immortal” cells sparks college-wide ethics conversation

Without the cells of Henrietta Lacks, the world would have no polio vaccine, cancer treatments, or in-vitro fertilization. This year, Samuel Merritt University will learn about her life as one community, and through it important...

Artist Michael Hannan explores unified humanity through exhibit, “Making Human”

Michael Hannan reveals "Making Human," his indigenous art collection at Oakstop. He uses cultural history, music, storytelling, and folk art, to portray the underlying theme of the collection-- the common ground we share in being...
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones speaks about Prop. 45 at UC Berkeley. Gabriel J. Sanchez

Hikes in health insurance rates could be denied by state commissioner if Prop. 45 passes

Proposition 45, a November ballot measure empowering the state’s elected insurance commissioner to rule on health insurance rate hikes, is drawing heated debate and hefty donations from Oakland groups with a stake in health care.
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...