A woman commutes home via bike down 30th Street in West Oakland on Friday, June 12. Share

West Oakland streets calm but tension remains

Shots were fired last Tuesday night near 30th St. in West Oakland, disrupting the relative calm there since the tragic shooting death of a single mother on March 9. The death of Chyemil Pierce remains on...
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Speak Up Oakland encourages civic involvement

At a time when the mayor’s office has been under increasing scrutiny about corralling public comment during city council meetings and corralling protesters after dark, City Clerk LaTonda Simmons is hoping to...
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Underrepresented business owners play key role in mayor’s economic plan

At the center of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s economic policy is growth that doesn’t displace long-time Oakland residents through gentrification, but includes them through small business development, better jobs...
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Warriors lead the series 4-1 after 40 years

Last night's close victory against Houston has put us in the running for the 2015 NBA Championship after a 40 year dry spell. The last time we saw the Warriors in the championship, the federal minimum wage...
Baia Pasta co-founder Dario Barbone serves sample of homemade mac and cheese to customers on Sunday, May 3 outside their shop in Jack London Square. Share

Kiva Zip loans fuels Oakland small business community

The City of Oakland and Mayor Libby Schaaf have big economic plans, but the one the mayor is quick to discuss is anything but “big,” unless you consider the potential impact on small, locally owned...
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Find out tonight which of these Oakland Indie Award nominees will win

The Oakland Indie Awards are here, a city tradition since 2007 that honors the businesses and people that make Oakland... Oakland. Nominees are competing in seven categories, each representing something...
Jesse's home got an almost complete makeover from Rebuilding Together Oakland. Photo courtesy of RTO. Share

Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland

“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview. Oakland city staff are currently working on a Housing...
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Growing number of Oakland seniors are homeless

Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself...
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Affordable housing out of reach for many low-income Oakland seniors

Gilbert Gibson, 67 — Bay Area born and bred — is, like so many other seniors, fighting to stay in the apartment where he has lived for 12 years. A graduate of Berkeley High, Mr. G , as he likes to be...
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Gentrification takes a toll on Oakland seniors

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification. Ortencia is 82 and, like all...