EBMUD changing its short-term financing for borrowing funds

In an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) unanimously passed a proposal to change their short-term financing in order to reduce long-term risk. EBMUD will be moving from...
School board president James Harris (District 7) honors Greenleaf Elementary teacher Ann Park, who was one of five California Teachers of the Year for 2016. Photo by Katherine Rose.

Schoolboard celebrates California Teacher of the Year Award

At Wednesday’s sparsely-attended school board meeting, the board discussed the superintendent’s report, which is presented at every board meeting, and funding options for the Dr. Marcus Foster Educational Leadership Campus.
Protesters in Frank Ogawa Plaza marching on City Hall in opposition to plans for a Hampton Inn to be built downtown. Photo by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz

Union members protest proposed construction of a Hampton Inn in downtown Oakland

Protestors chanted “Living wage, not poverty wage!” and “Downtown Oakland not for sale!” to the lively rhythm of music played by a five-piece band featuring a tuba, saxophone, trumpet and drums as they took the...
Alameda County Superior Court. Photo by Alicia Vargas.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to stop requiring female inmates to take pregnancy tests

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to stop requiring female inmates who are arrested and booked into Alameda County jails to take pregnancy tests. This agreement, reached on October 28, comes as an out-of-court...
Protesters disrupt the City Council meeting with chants of "Downtown Oakland not for sale!" in opposition for a new Hampton Inn to be built on 11th & Franklin. Photo by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz

City council approves funding for asylum seekers, blocks Hampton Inn protesters

Oakland City Council approved a funding increase for legal support for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the U.S., authorized the creation of a “Director of Race and Equity” staffing position within the city government and...
Oakland Technical High School was established at its current location at 42nd Street and Broadway in 1915.

Oakland Tech celebrates centennial

This year, Oakland Tech turned 100, and its alums have planned a celebration lasting an entire year. The Centennial Celebration, organized by staff, students and alumni, included a gala over Memorial Day weekend, a talent...
Lieutenant Brandon Wehrly  addresses the Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee.

Oakland Public Safety Committee discusses how to spend its $1 million gun tracing budget

Department officials believe that, with more personnel and better equipment, they will be able to streamline their workflow and stay on top of which guns need to be traced.
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EBMUD planning past drought to “water fix”

The “water fix” is an evolving $15.5 billion Bay Delta conservation plan to stabilize water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The most expensive and controversial part involves building two huge tunnels, thirty miles...
Fast food workers, union representatives and their allies converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza yesterday afternoon to call for a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Photo by Teresa Cotsirilos.

Oakland workers continue the “Fight for $15”

Hundreds of fast food and other low-wage workers gathered outside Oakland City Hall Tuesday evening demanding a higher minimum wage of $15 per hour. The demonstrations were part of a wider national campaign, Fight For...
Blüm is one of Oakland's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the eight, Magnolia Wellness is the only one that is unionized.

Will unionizing the cannabis industry bud in Oakland?

Since 2010, the Bay Area’s cannabis industry has been unionizing, in almost every case by the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW.
Supporters of KIPP Bridge Charter School speak to the OUSD school board at Wednesday night's meeting.

School board approves Central Kitchen Instructional Farm and Education Center project

The board approved the Central Kitchen project, KIPP Bridge Charter School presented materials for a proposed elementary school, and, after some discussion, the board approved a facilities use agreement with Lazear Charter Academy.
Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center is home to a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII projector that has been unused since 2006. The East Bay Astronomical Society is hoping to restore the star projector through a fundraising campaign.

East Bay Astronomical Society mobilizes to repair the Zeiss Universarium

Now, thanks to the efforts of the East Bay Astronomical Society, the Zeiss might illuminate Chabot’s planetarium again. The volunteer-run astronomy group recently launched the first phase of a fundraising campaign to save the Zeiss....
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent addresses the Oakland City Council.

Oakland City Council approves police purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles

The Oakland Police Department’s proposed purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles were the most hotly contested items discussed at the concurrent Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Successor meeting Tuesday night. Other business included a...