Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her second annual State of The City Address at City Hall.

Oakland residents weigh in on issues they believe affect the city

Reaching for the moon was the theme for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address on October 14, as she introduced the “Oakland Thrives Moon Shot,” a slate of goals to guide...
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...
Girls soccer team.

Bay Oaks Botafogo team kicks their way into college

Over the last couple of years, the Bay Oaks Botafogo 96' youth soccer team has racked up 129 wins, claimed the California Youth Soccer Association two years in a row, and finished in third place...
The top numbers in the graphic are the district labels, the middle numbers are the ideal amount that needs to be cut or added to make it even with Oakland’s other districts, and the bottom numbers are the percent that needs to change. Graphic constructed by and courtesy of Doug Johnson, National Demographics Corporation.

Oaklanders worry redistricting will lead to imbalance during elections

New proposed boundaries between Oakland’s hills and flatlands are near the top of the agenda as Oakland prepares to redraw boundaries of city council and school board districts.
"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...
Opponents of a planned dog enclosure at Astro Park near Lake Merritt in Oakland said at Tuesday night's City Council meeting that public backlash has increased exponentially in the last two years. They showed up in force to protest the dog park.

City Council approves Rockridge Safeway expansion, ties vote on Lake Merritt Dog Park

The Rockridge Safeway expansion, and inclusion of a dog park in Lake Merritt, are two highly-contested issues that were taken on by the City Council Tuesday night, when three of the longest-standing councilmembers cast their...
At Dr. Comics and Mr. Games in Rockridge, comic book fans and novices comfortably browse through all types of comics—from Archie to manga.

Dr. Comics store welcomes novices and serious buffs alike

Michael Pandolfo’s childhood comic store was dark, dingy, and intimidating. He remembers the shop was full of the condescending comic book fans he calls “rules lawyers”—comic book experts who show disdain for non-experts. It wasn’t...