Talking on the phone at Rockridge Safeway Plaza

On a Thursday morning, the slate-gray plaza is peppered with about a dozen black tables and chairs, some occupied, some conspicuously empty. Near a wood-topped concrete bench are two concrete planters, each hosting a handful of well-spaced shrubs and spiky plants. The building behind those planters houses chains both local and national (1st United Credit Union, Great Clips, and Philz Coffee) and the building behind them houses the main attraction of the plaza: a Safeway. The plants seem to be…

Oakland votes 2016: The day in photos

On Election Day 2016, Oakland North photographers roamed the city. They captured images of voters at the polls, last minute campaign pushes, volunteers phone banking efforts, watch parties and other political scenes from across the city.