Moviegoers gather to grab their tickets and snacks before heading into the theater.

This week, The New Parkway Theater screens films that showcase Oakland

Romeo Must Die. Fruitvale Station. Moneyball—or in other words, Oakland, Oakland, Oakland. For the first time, The New Parkway Theater is dedicating a full week to showing movies that are hella Oakland, from the actors...
Ella Baker Center Co-Founders Van Jones and Diana Frappier announce the inaugural Founders Award.

Community members celebrate The Ella Baker Center’s 20th anniversary

Last Thursday residents gathered to celebrate the Ella Baker Center's 20th Anniversary, present awards and discuss future plans to continue rebuilding communities of color in Oakland.
Roger Saechao, 25, a fellow with The Organizing and Leadership Academy, knocked on doors Saturday morning for the 'Oakland vs. Big Soda' campaign in support of Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Oakland.

Oakland soda tax campaign funding tells two different stories

The American Beverage Association has historically invested millions of dollars to defeat public health initiatives aimed at lowering sugary drink consumption, but Oakland's pro-tax measure recently received a financial boost.
Different types of cannabis strands are displayed on glass jars in the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Expert answers museum-goers’ questions about marijuana

Dr. Beau Kilmer, 39, sits on the “Ask an Expert” desk at the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition, answering questions about legalization of marijuana at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9,...
ITT Tech's Oakland campus has been closed since the company announced it would be ceasing operations nationwide on September 6. Photo by Rosa Furneaux

ITT Technical Institute shuts down, leaving 40,000 students in limbo

Students in Oakland were among thousands nationwide who found their dreams postponed last Tuesday, when one of the country’s largest for-profit technical colleges, ITT Technical Institute, closed its doors.
Pamela Price and Charles Bonner, attorneys for Celeste Guap, hold a press conference in front of Oakland City Hall, Sept. 15, 2016 (Photo by Andrew Beale)

Key witness in police scandal returns to Bay Area, ready to sue, her lawyers say

The teenager at the center of a sexual exploitation scandal involving multiple police departments has returned to the Bay Area, according to her attorneys. At a press conference Thursday morning, civil rights attorneys Charles Bonner...
Oakland City Council chambers in City Hall. (Laura Newberry)

Small businesses call for better communication with City Council

Next spring, Spoiled Boutique owner Mika McCants’ lease will be up for renewal. She’s already paying $2,000 a month for her 400-square-foot storefront in Uptown Oakland, and she’s unsure how her shop will be affected...
Outside of Mi Carnal Market, Abdul Talev hangs a "Vote No" sign.

Oakland grocers raise concerns about soda tax Measure HH

Thirty-five years ago, Abdul Talev’s grandfather opened a small grocery store in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Today, with the family business in his care, Talev is worried a new soda tax will cause him...