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Loving the Laurel District

Dine at the Sequoia Diner and snack on Peter’s Kettle Corn; shop locally at Beast Oakland or browse Vista Madera’s horsey shelves; and explore the Laurel Art Garden or take a class at The Taoist Center.

Debate Over Chabot Gun Range

Gun enthusiasts have rallied in support of the longtime shooting range in the East Bay Regional Park District, but the park district is studying the noise and lead pollution.

Business Owners May Not Like the Wage Hike, But Fredi Martinez Is Smiling

The young Burger King worker says the extra $3 per hour he gets from Oakland’s new labor law allows him to support his family. Business owners are less enthused.

Oakland Chamber at Odds with Voters

Can the city’s leading business organization be any more disconnected from the Oakland populace?

Wendy Wheeler and Thomas Page Hike All the East Bay Park Trails

Two friends undertake a massive trekking project that takes them to the near and far-flung reaches of EBRP District lands.

The Most Popular Person at Oakland City Hall?

The chambers of the Oakland City Council can be a very rough place. Public bickering between council members and full-throated soliloquies by angry residents are commonplace. At times, the difference between debating an ordinance and lobbing ordnance is difficult to discern. But, amid the swirling hurricane, seating in a sea of tranquility is City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, perhaps the most popular person at City Hall.

Fruitvale's Noel Gallo Walks the Walk

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo takes to the streets of his Fruitvale district to put safety at the forefront.

Libby Schaaf Let Down Her Hair, and Then Rolled to Victory

Oakland’s mayor-elect won by connecting the hills to the flatlands.

Fix What’s Broken But Don’t Lose Oakland’s Spirit

By the time that many people read this story, Oakland will have a newly elected mayor. If the polls ring true, she will likely be the familiar Jean Quan, reelected for a second term, or one of the mayor’s two front-running challengers, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan or Libby Schaff.

Crime and the Oakland Mayor's Race

At campaign events and on web pages, in brochures and door-to-door chats, Oakland’s 15 mayoral candidates are busy promising the number of police officers that they will deploy as the city’s leader. 700. 800. 900. More.