CA Water Fix

EBMUD planning past drought to “water fix”

The “water fix” is an evolving $15.5 billion Bay Delta conservation plan to stabilize water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The most expensive and controversial part involves building two huge tunnels, thirty miles...
Fast food workers, union representatives and their allies converged on Frank Ogawa Plaza yesterday afternoon to call for a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Photo by Teresa Cotsirilos.

Oakland workers continue the “Fight for $15”

Hundreds of fast food and other low-wage workers gathered outside Oakland City Hall Tuesday evening demanding a higher minimum wage of $15 per hour. The demonstrations were part of a wider national campaign, Fight For...
“I’ve been playing with the Oakland Raiders for eight years. It’s really important (to have this event) because it’s bringing everyone along with us. It’s important to me as an individual and as a Raider, ” said Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece.

Oakland Raiders host event for veterans

The Raiders Foundation hosted the event in advance of Veterans’ Day November 11, inviting veterans from organizations including Sentinels of Freedom, Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, to spend the afternoon with Raider...
Blüm is one of Oakland's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the eight, Magnolia Wellness is the only one that is unionized.

Will unionizing the cannabis industry bud in Oakland?

Since 2010, the Bay Area’s cannabis industry has been unionizing, in almost every case by the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW.
Liberating Ourselves Locally is a hacker and maker space located in East Oakland. They host various events throughout the year.

Liberating Ourselves Locally encourages diversity in tech force through Hack Night

Carlos Mendoza, a high school student, comes every Monday night at Liberating Ourselves Locally for Hack Night. Sitting in the back of the room next to his mentor, Mendoza takes out his laptop and starts...
Adrian Henderson , co-owner of Kingston 11 Cuisine, prepares a drink for a customer.

Wells Fargo partners with local organization to support minority-owned small businesses

On Monday, Wells Fargo launched a partnership with OBDC in an effort to support small businesses in the Bay Area. Through the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program the bank will...
Supporters of KIPP Bridge Charter School speak to the OUSD school board at Wednesday night's meeting.

School board approves Central Kitchen Instructional Farm and Education Center project

The board approved the Central Kitchen project, KIPP Bridge Charter School presented materials for a proposed elementary school, and, after some discussion, the board approved a facilities use agreement with Lazear Charter Academy.
Oakland's Chabot Space & Science Center is home to a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII projector that has been unused since 2006. The East Bay Astronomical Society is hoping to restore the star projector through a fundraising campaign.

East Bay Astronomical Society mobilizes to repair the Zeiss Universarium

Now, thanks to the efforts of the East Bay Astronomical Society, the Zeiss might illuminate Chabot’s planetarium again. The volunteer-run astronomy group recently launched the first phase of a fundraising campaign to save the Zeiss....
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent addresses the Oakland City Council.

Oakland City Council approves police purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles

The Oakland Police Department’s proposed purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles were the most hotly contested items discussed at the concurrent Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Successor meeting Tuesday night. Other business included a...
Follow the coal route's journey from the mines of Utah, to Oakland and across the Pacific, here.

Controversy continues as Oakland city council considers joining coal route

Now, a controversial development deal could mean that up to 9.5 to 10.5 millions tons of Utah’s coal will be hauled to Oakland’s port, where it would be shipped westward to countries across the Pacific.
Mayor Schaaf delivering her first State of the City address

Oakland residents respond to Mayor Schaaf’s State of the City address

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her first State of the City address on October 28th, outlining the four key issues she aims to address: improving community safety, providing equitable jobs and housing, creating a sustainable...

“Spooktacular” event builds community and empowers children to follow their dreams

The event was what the library called a “spooktacular” event, co-sponsored with We Tell Our Stories Sister Film Collective, Pan-African Network and PeoplesWorld.Org. The purpose was to build confidence, self-esteem, solidarity and good mental health...
The entrance to PG&E's San Francisco headquarters highlights solar energy in California.

PG&E and SolarCity team up for SunShot program competition

East Bay team includes the city of Livermore, Pacific Gas & Electric and SolarCity. Together, they must install at least ten megawatts of solar panels within 18 months.