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A Hotel for The Town

Retailer West Elm is teaming up with Signature Development Group to build a new Uptown hotel that celebrates Oakland’s resurgence.

Brad Johnson Turns Iconic Diesel Into East Bay Booksellers

A self-described bookstore evangelistic zealot, an Alamedan convinces booklovers to come together to re-launch an indie bookstore.

The Wrong Path?

Paideia helped turn Oakland Tech into the best public high school in the city. But some teachers and parents are worried about the future of the acclaimed humanities program.

The Spanish Teaching Shortage

In Oakland, where the shortage of language instructors is particularly acute, the school district has been recruiting teachers from Mexico and Spain.

OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Desperate to staff up, Oakland police hired many problem cops between 2013 and 2015. And it’s still paying the price.

Teaching Environmental Literacy

California has launched a movement to help students understand climate change and human impacts on water and ecological systems.

For Moms, By Moms

An Oakland mother co-created a solution to the eternal problem of work-life balance.

Her World Is the Stage

Elizabeth McKoy has turned Berkeley Playhouse into a vibrant theater organization that features professional and youth musical productions.

A History of Exclusion

How African Americans were blocked from living in most East Bay neighborhoods: an excerpt from the 2017 book "The Color of Law."

Michael Horse the Actor and Artist Are One

Twin Peaks’ Deputy Hawk turns art into a political act with ledger art.