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The Gnomes of Oakland Live On

Author Kamaria Lofton and artist Steven Anderson are revealing nocturnal tales about The Town’s favorite tiny mascot in a new book, The Gnomes of Oakland.
August 09, 2019

Diana Becton Shakes Up the DA’s Office

As the first woman and first African American elected as Contra Costa’s district attorney, she’s wasting no time with programs to bring justice for all.
July 08, 2019

Popular Music Teacher Helena Jack Gives Up Full-Time Teaching

The beloved and respected band teacher and creator of the award-winning Oakland Eastside All-Star Ensemble reflects on her teaching career.
July 01, 2019

CEO James Head Brings a Revolutionary Approach to East Bay Community Foundation

Under Head’s leadership, the foundation has engaged in direct campaign work, and has asked its donors not only for their money but also their expertise.
June 10, 2019

Allen Baptist Temple Church Congregation Chooses Jacqueline Thompson as Pastor

The Oakland native is the storied church’s first female pastor and plans to continue its long history of social justice and community service.
June 07, 2019

Diane Barnes Uses Her Stroke for a Second Act

The retired radiologist who suffered a stroke turned to improv after retirement and now found the biggest catastrophic nightmare of her life has become her golden opportunity.
May 31, 2019

Johnny Lopez Launched TURFinc to Spread an Art Form

In 2012, Lopez started TURFinc with the goal of helping kids like him. Through the organization, beginners can learn the dance style, and experienced dancers can learn how to grow their careers and reputations.
May 20, 2019

Andrés Soto Plays the Music of Change

The Richmond musician and KPFA radio host is an activists’ activist, championing causes from workers rights and gun violence to the environment.
May 03, 2019

Aimee Allison Builds the Power of Women of Color

As the she behind ‘She the People,’ Oakland’s Aimee Allison works hard to network and connect women of color nationwide to transform democracy.
April 03, 2019

Sheng Thao Breaks Through

The new Oakland city councilmember representing the hills is the first Hmong-American woman elected to that office in the state.
March 04, 2019