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Oakland’s New Good Neighbor - Blue Shield of California

When Blue Shield of California moves its headquarters and 1,200 of its employees to Oakland in late 2019, the company already will have made a positive mark on the community. As part of its 80th anniversary, Blue Shield has launched the “#80forOakland” campaign, which will conduct 80 community service or discovery activities in Oakland prior to the official headquarters’ opening at 601 City Center.
March 01, 2019

Catch Akram Khan’s Swan Song at Zellerbach

The renowned dancer and choreographer is set to retire after this year’s performance of ‘XENOS,’ a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Prometheus.
March 01, 2019

Princess Nokia Plays UC Theater

The intersectional feminist and rapper with bite, aka Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, has a grittier, earthier sound these days.
March 01, 2019

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

A Measure of a Community’s Compassion

The Alameda City Council wants to turn a piece of land near Crab Cove into a center that helps homeless people. But neighbors have forced a special election to block it.
March 01, 2019

Nosh Box: Tasting Cuba Libre

If there’s a national Cuban dish it’s clearly ropa vieja. This is shredded flank steak that has been brazed in a zesty tomato-paste and beef-broth sauce. Throw in onions, bell pepper and garlic, then season with cumin and cilantro. Finally, a dash of olive oil and vinegar are added for mouth-feel and balance. But ironically, most Cubans don’t eat it, because beef is controlled by the state in Cuba, and is too expensive for the natives.
March 01, 2019

A Spanish Mediterranean in Crocker Highlands Echoes Santorini

Homebuyers can enjoy what feels like a permanent vacation home full of windows and arches in this Holman Road gem.
February 28, 2019

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Here are some affordable tips.
February 28, 2019

Thursday's Briefing: PG&E faces more trouble; Oakland has $43 million budget shortfall

February 28, 2019

Wednesday’s Briefing: Day Five of the Teachers’ Strike, Xavier Becerra Sides With Criminal Cops

Plus, San Leandro gives Harborside a deadline to open its dispensary.
February 27, 2019