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Melissa Taylor tattoos a client at Sacred Tattoo in Oakland.

Female tattoo artists make their mark in Oakland

The artist wears black latex gloves and dips a needle into ink. She then draws blue waves around a colorless outline of the Buddha, carefully wiping excess ink off of her living canvas. The mechanical...
A photo of picketers with police in teh background.

For some port truckers, the new year brings new worries over work

For independent truckers at the Port of Oakland who have not yet complied with pollution regulations, the New Year may mean the loss of a job.
Compound Gallery co-owner Matt Reynoso acts as the Art in a Box mascot.

Art in a Box curate collections by sending art in boxes

Compound Gallery’s Art in a Box subscription service is transforming the way people collect art by showcasing studio artists' work in 11” x 17” x 3” boxes.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team participates in a training exercise during Urban Shield 2013. Photo by Jake Nicol.

Urban Shield trains first responders, draws fire over weapons show

“Urban Shield is the largest full-scale exercise in the nation,” said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) public information officer. The event was created by ACSO seven years ago and has grown each...
The Eat Real Festival in Oakland

Eat Real Festival celebrates food and music at Jack London Square

Food makers and food lovers converged at Jack London Square September 27-29 for three days of music, drinks and cuisine at the Eat Real Festival.
SAVE members march against violence in Oakland.

Every Saturday, SAVE honors one of Oakland’s homicide victims with a march

On a recent Saturday morning in Oakland, a group of residents marched and chanted, “Stop the violence, stop the silence! Do something!” The group calls themselves SAVE, an acronym for Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere. “We...
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse supplies resources to artists, teachers and community members in the Temescal district.

Oakland’s Depot for Creative Reuse has supplies for school, crafts and much more

On an average day, the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, an Oakland thrift store, is chock full of school supplies, furniture and even quirky items like ET postcards and baskets full of doll heads....
Jim Burress and his wife Sue Magee, Oakland residents, proudly show their favorite reusable bag. Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County.

Plastic supermarket bags to disappear, come January—and paper bags will cost you

Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County, and customers will have to pay for their paper bags at the checkout counter. The Reusable...