Former Oakland medical marijuana supplier in legal limbo

It’s been almost a year since the Justice Department announced it would no longer go after medical marijuana providers who comply with state law. For Mickey Martin, whose Oakland shop distributed edibles laced with cannabis, the decision came a little too late. [This video report is no longer available.]

Genova’s: A day at the deli

Since opening in 1926, Genova’s Delicatessen has served pasta, soups and traditional deli sandwiches to residents of North Oakland’s Temescal district.

Citing budget woes, OUSD to close 3 schools

After weeks of public meetings and intense discussion with parents and teachers, the Oakland Unified School District board voted unanimously Wednesday night to shut down three schools in the district by the end of June 2010.

The graffiti canvas: A modern medieval manuscript?

In this video, leading artists working on pieces in Oakland’s DeFremery Park at 18th and Adeline Street earlier this fall give a beginner’s lesson on graffiti aesthetics and explain how their art derives lessons from the medieval masters.

11.27.09 Black Friday and ACORN

Good morning Oakland, Whether you’re staying at home to philosophize about the things you thanked for yesterday, or going out to buy more things to be thankful for next year, here are some of the morning’s news. Many Bay Area retailers have opened their gates shortly after midnight this black Friday, and the shopping hordes have since been active. The Chronicle reported today that the community organizing group ACORN is facing a drop in donations from many Bay area backers,…

11.25.09 BART review and Thanksgiving plans

Good morning Oakland, The BART police department review committee meets this morning at 9am.  Full report from Tom Gorman later today. Tomorrow, the local non-profit organization Humanity Hope, Inc. will hold its ninth annual community Thanksgiving dinner.  The traditional dinner will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Humanity Baptist Church, located at 1051 54th Street in Oakland Planning to work or travel tomorrow? Find out what’s closed for Thanksgiving.

11.24.09 Tuesday

Good morning, Oakland. Emeryville police are investigating the death of a man who crashed his car Monday afternoon into the 3400 block of San Pablo after he was shot a few blocks north. This week’s meeting of the BART police department review committee tomorrow at 9am is bound to include discussion about the scuffle between an officer and a passenger last Saturday. The city’s annual Thanksgiving dinner is today, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Mariott.  More information…

Kerry House

The tall, courteous bartender leaned over to listen as two young costumers unburdened their love troubles. By the look of them, you’d guess they had been drinking all night. The one with shorter hair and glassier eyes complained about a woman who had just moved in with him. “She’s straight out of Utah,” he slurred, meaningfully. His drinking companion nodded. “She’s having issues with it.” “She wants to marry you?” the bartender asked. The other man laughed, poking fun at…