Oakland North Staff

You Tell Us: Why I support Measure FF to raise the minimum wage

Measure FF is a ballot initiative in Oakland looking to raise the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $12.25 an hour. That $3.25 hourly increase provides someone working 40 hours a week with roughly an extra $520 each month. That alone might cover somebody’s car payment, health insurance, or help cover daycare costs.

Community photo of the week: Super Stars

Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s image was taken by Rae Gedlaman at Reach Academy, and submitted by Daniel Lawlor of Super Stars Literacy. He writes, “Super Stars Literacy provides in school and after school K-2 reading interventions at four public schools in Oakland, as well as organizes family engagement nights celebrating reading. A parent told us, ‘The program has helped foster a love of reading in my son. His confidence in reading is…

Community photo of the week: Half a bridge

Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s image is by Jesse Shanks. If you’d like to contribute to “community photo of the week,” just send a favorite photograph taken in Oakland to staff@oaklandnorth.net with the subject: PHOTO. Please make all photographs large-sized, horizontal and in jpeg format. We’d love to hear a little bit about where and when you shot it, and why the image caught your eye. Oakland North cannot pay…

Community photo of the week: Walk around the lake

Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s image is by Lauren Stewart. “This photo was taken spontaneously while on a morning walk around the lake,” she writes. “My heart was filled with gratitude and love for Oakland, and I thought to myself, ‘How many cities in America have a beautiful lake in their downtown?’” If you’d like to contribute to “community photo of the week,” just send a favorite photograph taken in…

Community photo of the week: Kayaks and cranes

Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s image shot from the water is by Melissa Argue. She writes, “I shared this shot because while there are many beautiful and scenic spots to kayak in the Bay Area, one of our favorites is the Oakland ‘urban paddle,’ as we call it, full of industry, the coast guard ships, the port, graffiti, etc. This was a late afternoon shot and the first time…

This Weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 1-2 2014. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments! Friday, January 31  Open Studio 10 am – 1 pm mocha 1625 Clay St., Oakland, CA, 94612 Create, explore, and discover in our new drop-in studio space! Friday Nights @ OMCA 5 – 9 pm OMCA 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA, 94607 Oakland’s popular weekly night market is back for a new year of fun and festivities! Join…

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Alexis

Alexis is a gentle and easy-to-please girl whose favorite pastime is curling up for a nap in just about any soft, sunny spot. When she’s not napping, she loves to snuggle close to people for cheek scratches and belly-rubs. Alexis can be playful at times, especially when presented with just the right string toy. She may need a day or two to settle in to a new home, but once she feels safe, she is filled with purrs. Alexis will…

Adoptable pet of the week: Lulu

Our adoptable pet of the week is a sweet netherland dwarf rabbit named Lulu. A volunteer who visits Lulu frequently reports that she can sometimes be bashful with new people, but once she’s familiar with you she’ll eagerly accept snuggling, nose rubs and pets.