Oakland police arrest suspect in giant identity theft investigation

In cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service, the Oakland Police Department has shut down a large-scale ID theft plant in Hayward, police officers announced at a press conference today. In the apartment, police said they found what seemed to be an ID, credit card and check-making plant, with personal information for up to 1,000 Californians and possibly also out of state residents.

Port to offer a greener power supply to berthed ships

The Port of Oakland is about to start the construction of shore power connections at twelve of its berths, which will provide power from land to a vessel that is berthed or at the dock. Providing a land-based source of power is intended to reduce the amount of pollution from ships burning diesel fuel while they are in port.

Armor-clad knights reenact sword battles at the Rockridge BART

Some people coming out of the Rockridge BART station stop and observe; some just shake their heads and continue walking. The scene before them is not what one would expect on a sunny Thursday evening—it seems as if a window to the Middle Ages has been opened in the parking lot next to the BART station.

Man hit by BART train alive and conscious

A 43-year-old man survived a collision with a Pittsburgh/Bay Point-bound BART train pulling into the Rockridge BART station Tuesday. The investigating officer does not believe he was trying to commit suicide, but it is too early for definite answers.

Street closures, new courses as Oakland hosts Running Festival this weekend

After a successful return of the Oakland Marathon last year after a 25-year hiatus, Oakland is ready to host the second edition of the city’s Running Festival this weekend. “The revival of the Oakland Running Festival is one of the many signs of Oakland looking more forward,” Mayor Jean Quan said at a press conference on Thursday. She hopes that the festival will introduce the projected 7,300 runners to Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods and scenic beauty.