Community

Urban Peace Movement's youth member Joel Reyes facilitates a chess lesson for DetermiNation Black Men's Group. Photo by Prince White.

School suspensions cost communities and unfairly affect minorities, experts say

A recent study suggests that not only do suspensions take a toll on students, they place a financial burden on their communities. In March, the California Dropout Research Project at UC Santa Barbara and the...

Henderson’s career comes full circle as A’s rename field after him

Ricky Henderson tried not to smile. He strode onto the Oakland Athletics’ field with his unmistakable swagger—a delicate mix of confidence, bravado and humility—embodied by his sleek blazer, grey trousers, sunglasses, and a peek of...

In Oakland, women take the lead as Airbnb hosts

Cynthia Mackey, a 56-year-old self-employed digital marketer, loves to talk about Airbnb. She laughs and smiles, growing excited as she talks about the joy that comes from opening up her home in Oakland’s Adams Point...
Two TriField Meters which are used in paranormal investigations to check magnetic fields around the area. (Photo: Jeff Weisinger)

Bay Area ghost hunters investigate the paranormal

Dive into the world of the paranormal investigating scene in the Bay Area. They examine both private residences and notoriously haunted locations to determine if there is a ghostly presence there.
Assembly Bill 918, the “California Voting for All Act,” would let limited-English voters bring laminated facsimile ballots into the voting booth, granting them the same privacy as other voters. Illustration by Abner Hauge.

New bill aims to improve access for voters with limited English

A new California bill could give voters with limited English proficiency the right to vote privately, opposed to current state regulations. The bill resulted from a study by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.
As soon as class participants arrived, they picked up a paint brush with one hand and a joint or vape pen in the other. (Photo Jeff Weisinger)

Puff, Pass & Paint: Art class for the “lit”

Puff, Pass & Paint, a new Bay Area art class, combines weed, wine and painting. This is just one of a series of new marijuana-infused events designed to encourage creativity, while enjoying the effects of...
The amicus brief signed by Oakland's City Attorney, Barbara J. Parker, filed by Santa Clara County.

Oakland’s City Attorney shows support for detained immigrants

Oakland’s City Attorney, Barbara J. Parker, has signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to grant immigrants, who are detained facing deportation proceedings, six-monthly bond hearings to assess whether their detention is justified.
Jonah Strauss, a lead organizer with the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, speaks during public comments. "We're here to talk about keeping people in their homes," he said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Oakland City Council reviews post-Ghost Ship fire recommendations, community-written proposal receives little debate

On Tuesday night, the council heard reports by working groups created by Mayor Libby Schaff’s Executive Order 2017-1 on January 11, calling for improving building and fire safety in non-permitted spaces while avoiding displacing their...