Sophie Elkin reads her poetry at the Oakland Public Library. Photo by Chloe Shi.

Oakland’s unconventional third Youth Poet Laureate finds her voice

17-year-old Sophie Elkin, named Oakland's 3rd Youth Poet Laureate in August, writes about what she knows: the grit and grandeur of Oakland’s people and places and the less tangible but no less real world of...
An endorsement for Joe Tuman on Michaan's theatre marquee, which looms over a prominent corner at the Lake Merritt end of Grand Avenue, and is often used by Michaan as a protest signboard. In this case, it hits directly at Tuman's rivals.

Mayoral candidate Tuman: cut Oakland’s parking ticket fines and meter hours

Mayoral candidate Joe Tuman joined local business owners and residents to voice support for reducing parking meter costs and parking fines in Oakland.
Shoo The Flu germ mascots waiting for AC Transit

Alameda County works to “Shoo the Flu”

To help combat the spread of the flu, in October, the Alameda County Public Health Department will launch their Shoo the Flu campaign and offer free vaccinations to children in 110 public schools throughout Oakland.
A volunteer for the last five years, Marsha Felton boxes up supplies in MedShare's San Leandro warehouse. (Photo by Pallavi Somusetty)

MedShare saves surgical tools from landfills

What happens to the unused surgical tools from Kaiser Oakland’s operating room? They end up at healthcare agencies such as Roots Community Health Center in Oakland, CA, one of 20 safety net clinics in the...
Posters advertise the Drug Take Back event, which was held at the Alameda County Family Justice Center on Sept. 27.
Photo by Nicole A. West

Oaklanders surrender heaps of drugs to feds in Drug Take-Back Day

The sidewalk at Telegraph and 27th Avenue was lined with signs reading, “Got Drugs?” and, “¿Tiene drogas?” The bilingual placards marked the site of the nation’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where the U.S....
Quan and McElhaney stand with the award.

Uptown named one of the “Great Places in America”

The American Planning Association recognized Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood as one of the “Great Places in America” in a ceremony yesterday. In the warm afternoon sun, APA Board of Directors member Kurt Christiansen and Hing H....
Supervisor Chan presented an award of gratitude to Peter Lee at a ceremony Wednesday.

Covered California enrollments are on the rise, but challenges remain

The number of uninsured California residents has dropped from 22 percent to 11 percent. But challenges remain for the Affordable Care Act, especially for families with mixed immigration status.