In her first appearance as Oakland’s mayor-elect, Libby Schaaf held a press conference wearing a striking red dress, a necklace of the Oakland tree, a bamboo earrings and riding — unforgettably — in a fire-snorting snail-shaped chariot. All of these were made in Oakland, and all of them had a story.
The Jules Verne-ish, Dr. Doolittle-ish, 12’6 foot high, 18 foot long, 3000 pound, glow-in-the-dark, fire-blowing, motorized, iron snail, was built atop the skeleton of a 1966 VW Bug. But it came from a dream — literally.
Mike Wang, an employee at California Canoe and Kayak, explains how he developed an affinity for water and how he continues to enjoy water sports with his work, including paddling into the office.
Oakland is feeling the effects of protests that swept the city after Monday night’s news from Ferguson. Vandalised businesses are boarded up, some closed. The police department announced that 43 were arrested during Monday’s protests.
In an elated victory declaration that culminated with her departure inside a rolling, flame-snorting metal snail, the still-unofficial mayor-elect Libby Schaaf was all smiles at a Lake Merritt celebration this afternoon.
“This is Jose,” said Captain Steven Tull of Oakland’s Police Department (OPD) District 4. “He doesn’t think about himself — he thinks about others.” Jose Ortiz, a longtime community organizer in the Fruitvale district, smiled humbly as he was honored in many testimonies delivered by attendees at his appreciation event last Saturday evening inside the gym of the Manzanita Recreation Center. Ortiz’s business partner Big Lou Feliciano and members of his Street Inspiration Low Rider Car Club were joined by…
A photography and storytelling project shares the lives, now turned around, of 20 formerly incarcerated residents of Alameda County.
Two women rolled out a grass carpet on MLK, and then served free lemonade one sunny September morning. A year later this space has become a symbol of change and community.
Mayoral candidate Joe Tuman joined local business owners and residents to voice support for reducing parking meter costs and parking fines in Oakland.