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Corvin Busche, a student at Leipzig University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying Oakland's homeless community, sits in front of a homeless encampment in Oakland. He said that he could see a thin layer of white ash from the smoke caused by the wildfires. “It was like making a fire in the woods,” he said.

Volunteers distribute respiratory masks to the homeless in Oakland

Volunteers from Oakland-based organizations are distributing respiratory masks to homeless people in Oakland to stave off poor air quality caused by historic wildfires in California's Wine Country.
Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, holds up the group's first publication from 1988. The organization, founded in 1987, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Pacific Institute celebrates 30 years of groundbreaking environmental research

Over the last 30 years, Pacific Institute has studied the effect climate change could have on the environment and promoted strategies to make more efficient use of water and pushed California officials to consider climate...
Community members file to the podium to voice concerns to the OUSD school board. Photo by Hyowon Lihinag-Tam.

Oakland school board approves contract to finish rebuilding Glenview Elementary

Approving the construction contract for Glenview Elementary School, adopting an electronic enrollment system and updates on programs for district English learners dominated the school board meeting on Wednesday night.

Bay Area residents create art protesting Trump’s travel ban

People from around the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in downtown Oakland on Sunday to create art and signs protesting the Trump administration’s travel ban. “It’s a really discouraging...

Oaklanders voice opinion about new A’s stadium at Peralta College meeting

More than 100 community members attended a rare standing room-only meeting of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday night. The unusually large crowd came out to share their opinions about the proposed...
“We have a ton of repeat customers and regulars, other than that we do get a lot of people from out of town, " said Paul Guido, a server who worked at Pizzaiola in Temescal since its founding in 2005.

Airbnb reports tourists spend millions on local Oakland restaurants

Airbnb claims guests spent $22 million on local Oakland restaurants last year.

Schools in Oakland host Latinx Literature Read-In week

“Latinx Literature Read-In Week” took place from October 2 to 6 at many schools within the Oakland Unified School District including Allendale Elementary, Futures Elementary, and Fruitvale Elementary. The week focused on gathering volunteers to perform read-alouds...