Tiny in stature, covered with flower tattoos, sporting her trademark two-toned blonde-over-black hairdo and a pair of very smart spectacles, Mary Howe won’t let a big problem keep her down for long.
These days, new pro sports venues have to do more than just house the team. They have to find other ways to pay for construction without public subsidies. Resistance to bad deals, like the one that returned the Raiders to Oakland, has completely rewritten the rules of stadium and arena construction. That’s great for taxpayers, but bad for Oakland sports fans.
Oakland food-justice advocates have long dreamed of turning local vacant lots into small farms and community gardens. At the end of last year, many hoped that AB 551, a new state law building incentives into urban agriculture practices, would be the push needed to turn Oakland’s blighted land into blood oranges. But those eager for speedy implementation will have to exercise patience.
For the first time in memory, those No Dogs signs will be coming down in Oakland parks. Some of them, anyway, thanks to a proposed city-ordinance change due for its final reading before the City Council on April 1.
Business people, residents, and even OPD like the street-smart patrols who wear the blue and orange shirts with the Oakland tree.
Hundreds of couples are expected to wed today around the state in the first day that same-sex marriage is legal in California.
We are writing to alert you to a counterproductive new tactic being used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in an ill-advised quest to promote a spraying program against the Light Brown Apple Moth.