Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her annual State of the City Address on Friday at City Hall. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Schaaf talks Oakland ‘moon shot’ at State of City

Schaaf opened her State of the City speech with a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s famous “moon shot” speech at Rice University in 1962, during which he promised Americans that the United States would...
Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief David Downing awarded the graduation certificate to a graduate of Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy. Photo by Tian Chenwei

30 Oakland residents graduate from OPD’s Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy

Thirty Cantonese-speaking Oakland residents graduated from a five-week Oakland Police Department (OPD) Cantonese Language Citizen Police Academy on Tuesday evening, when they received their certificate from OPD Assistant Chief David Downing.
Save the Plastic Bag Ban Campaign brought their inflated Turtle mascot on UC Berkeley campus to raise awareness about Prop 67 and the ban of single use plastic bags in California. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland business owners weigh in on potential to veto plastic bag ban

“I don’t care darling. I just serve my customers. Plastic or paper, I don’t care,” said Nikki Yi, the owner of the Fat Cat sandwich store on Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, while preparing a...
Taylor Brown riding with group of friends on Telegraph Ave, Berkeley to honor the memory of Terrence McCrary  to Moorpark in Oakland, CA. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland residents hold memorial bike ride for Terrence McCrary Jr.

It was just after 6 o’clock on Saturday outside of Bows and Arrows in Berkeley when people started pulling up with bikes. First one, then two, then three—then over a dozen. They were there for...
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Deputy Ricardo Perez, left, enters a not guilty plea at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

One officer in Guap investigation pleads not guilty as lawyers file additional claims

Moments after an officer pleaded not guilty to having sex with their client, attorneys for the woman identified as “Celeste Guap” in press reports announced they are seeking damages from four cities and two counties...
Current situation of the street where 16 people lost their lives in the 1991 Oakland firestorm because a broken car blocked the route.

Oakland’s plan to prevent wildfires in Oakland Hills faces challenges

City of Oakland plans to reduce plants that can fuel fire and create a more accessible pathway for emergency vehicles, but there's opposition.
Ella Baker Center Co-Founders Van Jones and Diana Frappier announce the inaugural Founders Award.

Community members celebrate The Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary

Last Thursday residents gathered to celebrate the Ella Baker Center's 20th Anniversary, present awards and discuss future plans to continue rebuilding communities of color in Oakland.
Buttons sit on a table Wednesday at Frank Ogawa Plaza during Oakland's first year participating in International Opioid Awareness Day.

New nonprofit raises awareness about prescription opioid overdose in Alameda County

Savannah O’Neil says, for her, knowing someone who has battled an opioid addiction started with a family member. Most recently, she says, one of her friends had a stint at sobriety, but fatally overdosed on...
A mosaic hanging at the Alameda County Family Justice Center.

Anti-violence organization serves deaf community survivors

Any deaf visitors will be directed to DeafHope, which focuses specifically on providing services to victims of domestic violence in that community. “We just feel like there really is a need,” says Aracelia Aguilar, an...
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...