Craftspeople all over the country are busy preparing for holiday sales. Many will make half their annual income in these final two months of the year. Hopefully, it’s enough to make it through the slow months that follow—or at least to justify pressing on.
By late Tuesday night, many of Oakland’s biggest ticket races remained uncalled, with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ having counted less than a fifth of all ballots.
In a packed home in the Grand Lake neighborhood, supporters of Mayor Libby Schaaf and her campaign’s volunteers nibbled on quesadillas and checked back and forth between CNN and the front door to see when the candidate would arrive. Everyone from Jon Sarriugarte, the artist who designed the now-famous snail car, to city hall officials like District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, waited under orange and blue streamers. Schaaf’s older sister, Chris Schaaf, even drove in from Castro Valley to…
A fire tore through The Village on Friday, destroying tents belonging to 15 people and causing further concerns about the safety of homeless encampments.
Funds raised by the tax would go toward solutions for Oakland’s increasing homelessness epidemic, and a quarter would be earmarked for addressing blight and illegal dumping.
Love them or hate them, electric scooters are now a regular sight on city streets across the nation. Since they first came to Oakland this summer, they’ve been operating in a legal gray area—there was no legislation in place to regulate them. That changed in September, when the Oakland City Council passed an ordinance to develop permits for scooter companies.
Since 2016, Oakland officials have been exploring the feasibility of creating a government-owned bank. But for the project to move forward, city council will have to take action.
Oakland artists gathered at the Festival for Arts and Culture over Labor Day weekend to show the city that despite many economic forces working against them—including corporate cannabis—they are still here.