In an era of laptops and smartphones, Oakland residents battle the digital divide

Over the years, the gap between those who have access to Internet and computers and those who don't has narrowed. However, access to the Internet is still a problem for around 20% of Oakland residents,...

Oakland women welders spark inspiration in next generation of tradeswomen

Women have traditionally had very low numbers in welding-related trades across the country. In the Bay Area, teachers and organizations are working to increase access and opportunity for women in industrial fields.

Commercial kitchens in Oakland serve as incubators for food start-ups

Within an increasingly competitive food scene, entrepreneurs need affordable space to test their ideas and the market. Commercial kitchens are becoming more like business incubators, hosting pop-up events and opening cafes or “snack bars” where...

First long-term home for teenage sex-trafficked survivors to open in Oakland

In a few months, Leah Kimble-Price will open the house she has been planning with her team—a home in Oakland that will serve sex-trafficked teenagers. As Kimble-Price sits in her office, she talks about her...
Mary Loeser, a 4th grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary, holds up a sign between lanes of traffic during a demonstration in response to possible OUSD budget cuts. Photo by Anne Wernikoff

Teachers protest proposed budget cuts as school board votes down possible charter school

On Wednesday, while the school board met in closed session, the Oakland Education Association (OEA) took to the street to protest. With handmade signs, teachers gathered at seven different locations in Oakland to express their...