Naomi Nishihara

Plans to build grocery store in West Oakland delayed by rising cost of property

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…

Diabetic children make low sugar pie with Rod Streater

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.

School board prepares to ban e-cigarettes, as ‘vaping’ becomes more popular

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.