Cannabis plants used at Oaksterdam University to give students hands-on cultivation training. Oaksterdam is preparing to offer new classes to teach businesses and physicians about the new regulations. Photo by Nate Sheidlower.

Cannabis industry in limbo as California ends pot prohibition

With the passage of Proposition 64 on the November 8 ballot, and new statewide medical cannabis regulations about to be implemented, California state regulators get to spend the next 13 months establishing all the rules...
At a downtown Oakland protest on November 9, a demonstrator displays a message for future action. Photo by Margaret Katcher.

Oakland groups take action after a shocking election outcome

After a shocking Donald Trump presidential victory, groups in Oakland are taking action against the President-Elect's proposed policies.
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to an audience about stopping a ban on menthol cigarettes at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s talk on banning menthols draws debate over policing, tobacco companies

Following a talk by Reverend Al Sharpton on banning menthols, a debate on policing and tobacco companies raises questions.
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Voter turnout in Alameda County beats the national rate, as groups push local measures

This November, 63 percent of Alameda County’s registered voters cast a ballot, or 562,205 people. That’s higher than the national average—as of Tuesday, 58 percent of all eligible voters in the U.S. weighed in on...
Oakland resident Gabby Falzone is a doctoral candidate of Social and Cultural Studies at UC Berkeley's School of Education.

Gabby Falzone translates the study of trauma

When she was 12, Gabby Falzone and her family became homeless in New York. At 15, she ran away. She moved between squats and stints with her family, but said she suffered too much abuse...
Proposition 51 in the Official Voter Information Guide for the November 8, 2016 election. (Photo by Pablo De La Hoya)

Voters approve $9 billion for public school construction, repairs

This week, California voters approved Proposition 51, a $9 billion bond for public school construction and improvement across the state. By noon on Wednesday, the proposition led 54 percent to 46 percent and the Associated...
A peaceful protest gathers outside of city hall in downtown Oakland. Photo by Mary Newman.

On Friday, a small, peaceful crowd gathers to continue protesting Trump

On Friday evening, around 200 protesters gathered at Broadway and 14th Street near Frank Ogawa Plaza for a passionate but peaceful demonstration. Fewer people gathered than on previous nights–which drew crowds of between 2,000 and...
OPD officers arrest a protester in downtown Oakland. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Oakland protests Trump victory: The night in photos

For the second night in a row, on Wednesday protesters took to Oakland's streets to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. What started as a series of...
Oakland resident, Lael Seltzer, holds a sign while protesting in downtown Oakland. "We are just disgusted," said Seltzer. Photo by Pablo De La Hoya.

Protesters in Oakland express frustration with Trump’s electoral victory

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump clinched the presidency, downtown Oakland filled with undocumented immigrants, families with young children, students and activists who gathered to reject their president-elect.
Staff of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Chapter. Photo by CAIR California.

Immigration and Islamic groups vow to remain resilient, despite Trump election

East Bay immigration and religious organizations have responded to news of Donald Trump’s presidential win last night with promises of resilience, saying they are unwavering in their determination to make this moment in history a...
Latino students drove through the streets nearby Oakland Technical High School with El Salvadorian flags draped out of their windows. "We don't like Donald Trump. We are fighting for our dreams," said one student. Photo by Ryan Lindsay

Students across the East Bay stage protests in response to Trump electoral victory

On Wednesday, students at four East Bay high schools staged walkouts in protest of Donald Trump’s electoral victory, while #NotMyPresident trended on social media.
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Incumbents sweep Oakland City Council and school board elections

Sitting Oakland city council and school board members won’t have to get out of their chairs; incumbents swept the seven combined seats up for re-election Tuesday. Still, many candidates say their victors were soured by the...
Protestors march down 14th Street and Broadway, yelling "Not my president!" and "Fuck Donald Trump!" in reaction to the election results. Police met protestors at this intersection to stop them until they received orders to step aside. Around 1:36 a.m. police stepped aside from the intersection and protestors continued to march, expressing their angry feelings. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

After Trump win, protesters move through downtown Oakland

Late Tuesday night, as president-elect Donald Trump was giving his victory speech, a group of protesters moved through downtown Oakland demonstrating against the results of the election. Shouting “Fuck Trump!” and “Fuck the KKK,” they...