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Downtown Oakland and Environs Won’t be a Food Desert Much Longer

In the wake of last fall’s Smart & Final closure, several new stores are opening, and others have raised their profiles, showing that that swath of Oakland may not be such a food desert much longer.
March 01, 2019

The Tick That Took Me Out

My story of getting and coping with late-stage Lyme disease—one of the fastest spreading, most debilitating, and least understood diseases in the nation.
January 21, 2019

Haircuts with Heart Provides Free Haircuts to the Homeless

Volunteer stylists, shears and blow-dryers in hand, provide pampering services for those who need it the most.
January 09, 2019

Oakland’s Lead Paint Problem Persists

The city has yet to launch a program to check older homes for lead paint, even though children are still being poisoned. Funds from a recent lawsuit, however, could jumpstart the effort.
January 01, 2019

Paint the Town Puts Traffic-Calming Murals Around Oakland

Administrators of the pilot program, organized through the city’s Department of Transportation, are happy with the results of the program but hope more funding will make it proactive in economically distressed areas.
December 17, 2018

Noah Berger Is the Fire Chaser

The longtime East Bay photojournalist has found his calling: photographing California’s massive wildfires.
November 20, 2018

The Crack in Oakland’s Jewel

The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center on Lake Merritt has been empty for 13 years and is in such disrepair it can’t be used to house homeless people. Will renovations finally begin next year?
November 08, 2018

Is Oakland Becoming the Silicon Valley of Cannabis?

Entrepreneurs and investors are flocking to The Town in pursuit of California’s newest gold rush: the cannabis industry.
November 07, 2018

People with Disabilities Encounter Success, Challenges in the Food Industry

Mozzeria, Trouble Coffee, and vocational programs offer people with disabilities something unusual — personal and financial independence.
November 02, 2018

A New Fight for Civil Rights in Oakland

The Public Rights Project is bringing two recent Yale Law School grads to bolster Oakland’s capacity for civil rights litigation.
October 08, 2018