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Ceremony attendees and passersby watch lanterns float along Lake Merritt near sunset.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts the inaugural Peace Lantern Ceremony

Members of the organization set floating lanterns on Lake Merrit in hope of fostering peace through art.
Tim Donaghy, Senior Research Specialist at Greenpeace, sits on the steps of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland

Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives

At a time when the federal government does not support climate action, climate experts say local city efforts can mitigate warming and help the nation. Oakland has taken a lead role in local climate initiatives.

Tens of millions of dollars pour into Prop 8 which seeks to limit dialysis center profits

Billion-dollar dialysis companies and a labor union are spending tens of millions of dollars to sway Proposition 8 votes their way on Election Day. Health experts say the proposition is unlikely to improve care for...

Oakland council approves increase in shelter beds while displacing homeless encampment

Over a year after Oakland declared a state of emergency on homelessness, during a sparsely-attended city council meeting on Tuesday night, councilmembers passed two resolutions intended to help those living on the streets.
Assistant Fire Marshal Enrique Orduña watches and holds the nylon tubes as children crawl through after performing the stop, drop, and roll technique.

Fire departments educate youth during high risk month for California wildfires

Last year, the state of California experienced its most destructive and deadliest wildfire season on record. October is one of the highest-risk months of the year for wildfires in the state. Currently, fire departments and...
Prison reform organization celebrates 40th anniversary. From Left to Right: Davey D, Michelle Alexander, Marc Lamont Hill, Vonya Quarles. Photo provided by: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Oakland organization celebrates 40 years of prison policy reform and legal advocacy

The members of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) provides legal advocacy and works to create policies that will positively affect those who are in prison or have recently been released from it.

Spending limits for Oakland city council races explained

Spending limits in two district races have been lifted after union-funded PACs dumped over $80,000 in the District 2 and 4 races. See who they're spending it towards and where other candidates are getting their...

Follow the money: Updated website makes Oakland election data accessible

OpenOakland's latest version of OpenDisclosure.io, a website that provides data visualizations for campaign finance information related to this year's elections in Oakland.