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Baby herons are often times pushed out of their nests by their siblings, and die from the impact of the pavement.

Audubon Society rescues heron and egret chicks in downtown Oakland

The Golden Gate Audubon Society and Oakland Zoo have teamed up to rescue baby birds that have fallen from their nests. Watch members on a heron rescue mission in downtown Oakland.
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...
Courtesy of: Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo (District 5)

Fruitvale neighborhood hosts Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebration

On May 7, people gathered in Oakland’s Fruitvale district to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory, despite the odds, against the French at the Battle in Puebla in 1862. The event, hosted...
Jason Witt, a recycling heavyweight, is one of the three people whose lives the film crew followed for over seven years. Photo by Amir Soltani/Film still from Dogtown Redemption

“Dogtown Redemption” documentary shines spotlight on local recyclers

“Dogtown Redemption,” a documentary film shot over seven years in West Oakland, follows the lives of three local shopping cart recyclers.
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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.