Piedmont Avenue

A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building...
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
Three options were moved forward to be tweaked, including map 18. Graphic courtesy of Devan Reiff.

‘Communities of interest’ at forefront of redistricting talks

The Oakland City Council tackled the thorny issue of redistricting Tuesday night, hearing from communities of interest about balancing the goals of equalizing numbers of people in each council district, while preserving the integrity of...
Some of California's most important historical figures are buried at Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery.

What it really means to move a body at Mountainview Cemetery

At more than 226 acres, Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery is a final resting place for some of the Bay Area's most notable figures. And docents there are uncovering new and interesting tombstones all the time,...
Gutierrez interacts with students of Castlemont High School in Oakland.

Youth Alive! tries to break cycle of violence in Oakland

In a Castlemont High School classroom converted into a theater for the day, seven-year-old Junior returned home from school to face his parents after receiving a bad report card. “How the hell did you get...
"The shootings in Newtown are a tragedy, but I live in a community where Newtown happens every day," McBride said. "We need to have targeted approaches to addressing gun violence, not just universal strategies."

Pastor Michael McBride speaks out against gun violence

In January, about a month after the massacre that left 27 people dead in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden met with a group of 12 religious leaders to discuss national strategies to combat gun...
SAVE members march against violence in Oakland.

Every Saturday, SAVE honors one of Oakland’s homicide victims with a march

On a recent Saturday morning in Oakland, a group of residents marched and chanted, “Stop the violence, stop the silence! Do something!” The group calls themselves SAVE, an acronym for Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere. “We...
Jim Burress and his wife Sue Magee, Oakland residents, proudly show their favorite reusable bag. Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County.

Plastic supermarket bags to disappear, come January—and paper bags will cost you

Beginning January 2013, single-use plastic carryout bags won’t be allowed at most stores selling packaged food in Alameda County, and customers will have to pay for their paper bags at the checkout counter. The Reusable...
Capoeira instructor Trevor Wagner plays the berimbau while two students spar in the circle.

North Oakland academy teaches capoeira to area youth

On a Tuesday afternoon, in a Piedmont Avenue studio between a yogurt shop and a purveyor of vintage European goods, Yania Escobar has her kinder warriors—a half dozen 3 to 5 year olds -- gathered...
Beegrrl Gardens in North Oakland

Urban Farm Tours feature sustainability methods used in urban environments

The Institute of Urban Homesteading, which offers classes that focus on living in an urban environment and in “rescuing” the lost arts of gardening, work in the kitchen and other work performed by hand, will...