Politics

The non-profit Lao Family Community Development, Inc. celebrated its 35th anniversary last week at Maple Hall in the San Pablo Civic Center. Coinciding with beginning the Laotian, Thai, Burmese and Nepalese New Years, the event featured traditional food, dances and speakers who testified to the 15,000 people the organization assists each year to achieve self-sufficiency. (Photo by: Knowles Adkisson)

Non-profit Lao Family celebrates 35 years helping immigrants achieve self-sufficiency

In 1980, refugees from Laos gathered in the living room of a modest three-bedroom Richmond apartment. Their daunting goal was to help their growing community find jobs and housing in America after fleeing the destruction...
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....
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker (left) and Oakland City Mayor Libby Schaaf (right) together at an October event. Photo courtesy of the Oakland City Attorney’s Office

City of Oakland supports President Obama’s immigration reform plans

Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Attorney Barbara Parker announced last Monday that Oakland has joined the Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA), a national coalition that supports President Barack Obama’s appeal of a federal district...
Oakland Raider fans during Tuesday's meeting to express support for development around the coliseum to keep the football team in Oakland.

At special meeting, councilmembers discuss Coliseum plans, police body cameras, city workers

The Oakland City Council chambers were filled to capacity on Tuesday evening for a special meeting of the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency, which is responsible for creating and enacting urban redevelopment plans in Oakland. Some...
Darris Young speaking to the board of supervisors in regards to the public safety funds. Photo by: Alsanosi Adam

Alameda County supervisors vote to boost funds for post-incarceration services

For several months, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has urged the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to allocate 50 percent of their public safety funds to community organizations that assist people who have...
Ralph Spinelli, left, and the cover of his book, Prison As Punishment. Photos courtesy Ralph Spinelli.

Second chances: An ex-convict’s path to higher education

On an early October morning in 1990, Ralph Spinelli swung open the back door of a large restaurant as he shoved his other hand into the pocket of his lightweight windbreaker, pretending to hold a...
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Photo courtesy of CHORI.

Oakland researchers propose a way to explain why what you eat may affect your behavior

Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids improve cognitive function and behavior in people with certain mental disorders, studies have shown. But scientists haven’t been sure how. Now, researchers at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI)...
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Made in Oakland: Four “maker city” stories in four objects

In her first appearance as Oakland's mayor-elect, Libby Schaaf held a press conference wearing a striking red dress, a necklace of the Oakland tree, a bamboo earrings and riding -- unforgettably -- in a fire-snorting...
Phillip Yip assembles the Oakland Tree Earrings.

The earrings: A multi-step product of Oakland’s “maker” network

The assembly of those bamboo trees on the new mayor's earlobes was an Oakland production, start to finish -- and one small product of the local "maker" culture that inspires the earrings' designer.