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Charter association sues district over quality of facilities

Proposition 39, also known as the “Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability Act,” was passed by voters in 2000, and requires all California school districts to provide equivalent facilities to charter schools and the...
Former President Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton visits Oakland for community service day

Former President Bill Clinton recently came to Oakland on behalf of the Clinton Foundation’s Global Initiative. Volunteers made improvements such as gardening and painting the playground. The Clintons were also joined by Oakland Mayor Libby...
The bus stop on Broadway and 30th Street was previously on the northwest corner of the intersection, where there is now a Sprouts. It was removed when construction for the grocery store began early last year. Photos by Angelica Casas.

Bus stop on Broadway and 30th Street to return, location still unclear

In a meeting Tuesday morning, the Oakland Public Works Committee concluded the southbound bus stop on Broadway and 30th Street, which was removed last year, would be reinstated, but it is still unclear if it...
Photo Courtesy of California Budget & Policy Center, by Steven Bliss. Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, stands with a sign of support for repeal of the Maximum Family Grant Rule.

Oakland reproductive rights nonprofit advocates for repeal of Maximum Family Grant Rule

Under the Maximum Family Grant Rule, if a woman has a baby ten months after becoming a CalWORKs recipient, she will not receive additional cash aid for the infant. Exceptions to the rule include pregnancies...
While the FAIR Act mandates schools in California to update their curriculum, the state didn't give schools resources or funds to buy new textbooks or other resources.

Oakland schools make LGBTQ representation a priority in history curriculums

California’s FAIR Act is an attempt to diversify history curriculum—specifically, to represent in history lessons people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and people with disabilities. The FAIR Education Act, or SB 48, went...
Man preparing marijuana.

As the marijuana industry heats up, street dealers think about going legal

Entrepreneurs from other industries are moving into the space and creating a social bubble that excludes the “underground” group.
Brittani Sensabaugh's "222ForgottenCities" project documents African American communities in cities around the country. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland native documents forgotten communities

When Brittani Sensabaugh walks down the streets of East Oakland, she notices a combination of characteristics among those who live there—strength, struggles and power. It is those features she wants to capture in her photography....
Alex Masi of Sacramento and her Star Wars-themed Bernie Sanders poster.

Hundreds rally for Bernie Sanders in Oakland as Super Tuesday looms

As voters went to the polls in South Carolina, and with Super Tuesday looming on March 1, about 300 people rallied for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland on Saturday. Local group SambaFunk provided a pulsating...
The February 24 school board meeting was heavily attended by families from Vincent Academy and American Indian Model Schools (AIMS).

Performance, charter school renewal are priorities at school board meeting

Wednesday night’s Oakland school board meeting started off sparsely populated; board president James Harris joked that it would be a short meeting. But within two and a half hours, it was standing room only, as...
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations speaks at the Hack Housing event Wednesday at SPUR in Oakland.

Density is key to affordable housing in Oakland, say SPUR speakers

At the Hack Housing forum Wednesday evening, speakers argued for denser housing, impact fees on developers, and more development around BART stations in Oakland. At the forum, three housing experts and one entrepreneur pitched solutions...
Bernie Sanders Meet - Up Attendees hold signs of support.

Oakland women rally for Bernie Sanders

A multicultural and multigenerational group of women met to discuss Sen. Bernie Sanders' platform earlier this month in Oakland.