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Thursday’s Briefing: Lawmakers OK Bill for Free Community College; Legislation Would Ban Smoking on Calif. Beaches

Plus, the legislature approves bill that would give parents 12 weeks of leave at small businesses.

Small Town Muse

Watercolorist Candace Rowe finds inspiration in Alameda.

Her Life, Aqua-Washed

Cartoonist Mimi Pond recounts her fondness for Oakland and Mama’s Royal after all these years.

Oyster Block Party Returns to Jack London Square

Local food-and-drink vendors will offer oyster-y treats.

Wednesday’s Briefing: A’s Pick Laney Site, Sparking Backlash; EBMUD Tells Alameda Point Customers Not to Use Tap Water

Plus, CoCo County gets its first woman and African-American DA.

Spirits Alley Gains Ground

Admiral Maltings crafts a key brewing ingredient at Alameda Point.

Redefining Women’s Work

Frailty Myths wants to empower women, one woodworking workshop at a time.

Impossible Burgers Opens Huge East Oakland Production Plant

Launched last week, the plant is expected to produce a million pounds of faux flesh per month.

Tuesday’s Briefing: Brown Waters Down Sanctuary State Bill; Lawmakers OK Plan to Protect Immigrant Tenants

Plus, UC Berkeley keeps cop who harassed hot dog vendor on duty.

Annie's ex-CEO Plans New Berkeley Organic-Food Startup

TechCrunch calls it a "stealth" organic-food startup.