The Town Kitchen—an Oakland food startup that employs low-income youth—has graduated from an accelerator program and moved into a brand-new kitchen near Lake Merritt.
Brahm Ahmadi of West Oakland has been trying for years to open the People’s Community Market—his planned 10,000 to 20,000 square-foot grocery store—in the middle of an Oakland food desert. The People’s Community Market, as envisioned, would focus on serving the low-income families of West Oakland, and in 2013, Ahmadi campaigned to raise initial seed money. Through direct public offerings, or investment crowdfunding, he raised $1.2 million from about 400 shareholders. Challenges in finding a location for the store have delayed…
Crowded into a small room with wood paneling and snowman paintings on the walls, children battling diabetes gathered with their families for a cooking demonstration on Nov. 24 at Whole Foods Market in Oakland.
Proposition 45, a November ballot measure empowering the state’s elected insurance commissioner to rule on health insurance rate hikes, is drawing heated debate and hefty donations from Oakland groups with a stake in health care.
The number of uninsured California residents has dropped from 22 percent to 11 percent. But challenges remain for the Affordable Care Act, especially for families with mixed immigration status.
Amid signs that e-cigarette use is rising among Oakland students, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is preparing to vote within the next two months on policy that would likely extend the ban on smoking to cover the battery-powered nicotine delivery systems just as it does conventional cigarettes.