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...
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Credentials rules leave some East Bay dance instructors unable to teach

Despite being one of the dance capitals of the world, with 73 public and private colleges and universities offer dance majors, for decades there hasn’t been a single-subject teaching credential in dance for the California...
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...
Fiber Florist, otherwise known as Vivian Truong, makes everlasting flowers out of felt.  (Photo courtesy of Fiber Florist)

At “Fiber Florist,” a local artist creates everlasting bouquets

In the window display of Vivian Truong’s studio there are rose petals as soft as a newborn’s hair, tulips as vibrantly colored as wild birds, and daffodils as bright as the early morning sun. It...
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.
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Building the future for women in trades

The Bay Area's first and only all-women construction and solar training program was launched last week in Berkeley. Women Build was launched in response to the low participation of women in the construction trades.
Uli Elser's homemade pretzels. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food?

This startup's goal is to ensure the future of home-cooking, connecting local chefs to a hungry community.
Pamela Baron started the House Portrait Commission, a collection of painted homes from the Bay Area. (Photo by Libby Leyden)

Capturing Bay Area houses with watercolors and a brush

Watercolor illustrator Pamela Baron has set out to capture Oakland’s unique neighborhoods through her hand-painted images of people’s homes, a project she calls “The House Portrait Commission.”
Along with three other East Bay newspapers, the Oakland Tribune will be folded into the new East Bay Times and cease operating as a daily newspaper in April. Photo by Brittany Murphy.

Oakland Tribune to be folded into a new multi-city publication

After an announcement from the Bay Area News Group (BANG) on March 1, Oakland found itself on its way to becoming a city without a daily newspaper: In April, the Oakland Tribune will be folded...
The work of local poet Nina Lindsay will be published by Sixteen Rivers Press on April 2. Photo by Aya Brackett.

In new collection, librarian-poet pens odes to Oakland

Throughout the years, Oakland librarian Nina Lindsay shelved books, helped cardholders with reference questions, and aided children in interpreting their school assignments, sometimes with instructions from teachers that were somewhat lost in translation. As she...
Adam Hubenig is owner and designer of Gneiss Wood.

Artist’s love for driftwood anchors Gneiss Wood in Oakland

Adam Hubenig grew up in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, surrounded by lush forest, hidden brooks and rivers, with access to a secluded cabin where he could completely escape into nature. He moved to Oakland in...
Brittani Sensabaugh's "222ForgottenCities" project documents African American communities in cities around the country. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland native documents forgotten communities

When Brittani Sensabaugh walks down the streets of East Oakland, she notices a combination of characteristics among those who live there—strength, struggles and power. It is those features she wants to capture in her photography....
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Stay tuned. Design by Angelica Casas.

Tales of Two Cities #3: Hobbies

This week on Tales of Two Cities, we talk about hobbies! From contributor Lacy Roberts, we’ll hear about a dedicated group of fantasy role-players in Oakland. Reporter Libby Leyden introduces us to a local man who...