Tag Archives: Oakland

A sculpture of a little girl, passed down from an art museum.

Shoppers get a preview of the treasures at 57th annual White Elephant Sale

Each year the Oakland Museum Women’s Board organizes the sale, and the proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). People donate old items, which are then sorted into different categories and sold to the...
Field Day and Friends is a local artist boutique that focuses on using re-useable fabrics.

Local boutique owner designs clothing with sustainable materials

Field Day and Friends is a local boutique that is part workshop, part brick and mortar store. Trinity Cross, owner and designer, creates her own patterns for women’s clothing using reused and sustainable fabrics. Cross...
Paula Beal's seven children have all moved out of Oakland as the city has become more unaffordable

As rents rise, tenants confront Oakland’s perfect housing storm

Median rents across Oakland are at an all-time high, pushing low-income families into motels or family members’ homes, pricing working-class households out of their neighborhoods and creating fierce competition for available housing at all income...
Refugees in the U.S.: The National Dialogue Continues

Refugees reflect on past lives and new beginnings

Interactive Map: follow Jeremías’ journey as an unaccompanied minor, from his neighborhood in El Salvador, to resettlement in Oakland, here. In the shadow of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and the ongoing strife...
Tom Chappelear, a mentor at Curiosity Hacked, is helping one of the kids build the base of a BattleBot.

Curiosity Hacked brings the maker movement to Oakland’s students

It is 7 p.m. and the young makers at Curiosity Hacked are swiftly moving between the laser cutter and their workbenches. This Tuesday, the kids have one mission in mind: creating BattleBots for the spring...
In this portrait, twins Anastasia and Aja display their tattoos. The siblings were the only surviving babies of a quintuplet birth. After reuniting with Aja, Anastasia tattooed "Tisch'e" above her heart, the name of one of their siblings who didn't survive. Photo by Luisa Conlon.

Foster youth tell their stories through tattoos in the California Youth Connection’s new exhibit “Tribute”

Photographer Ray Bussolari harnesses the symbolic power of tattoos to represent the experiences of foster youth.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley (front) answers questions from the Board of Supervisors on October 13 about how her office plans to use cell-site simulators.

Alameda County becomes first in state to regulate cellphone surveillance tool

On Tuesday, Alameda County became the first county in California to implement new regulations on controversial spying devices used by police.
Protesters disrupt the City Council meeting with chants of "Downtown Oakland not for sale!" in opposition for a new Hampton Inn to be built on 11th & Franklin. Photo by Kyle Merrit Ludowitz

City council approves funding for asylum seekers, blocks Hampton Inn protesters

Oakland City Council approved a funding increase for legal support for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the U.S., authorized the creation of a “Director of Race and Equity” staffing position within the city government and...
Nia Imara standing next to her painting, "Who Is Happy in America?" - photo taken by Akira Olivia Kumamoto

Nia Imara sheds light on Oakland through art

Born in East Oakland and raised in the Bay Area, Imara is an astronomer and a researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, holding the prestigious title of a Harvard-MIT Future Faculty Leader Postdoctoral Fellow. Not...
Four gamers huddled around a television playing "Super Slam Dunk Touchdown" at Reddit HQ.

Reddit gamer day raises $282,000 for Children’s Hospital

The gamers’ cries were punctuated by clocks of game controllers, flips of cards and a crackle of pizza crusts—all part of the soundtrack at Reddit on November 7 as the social networking and news site...