Once a cultural hub for Black Oaklanders where BB King and T-Bone Walker played, an ever-expanding collective will decide what’s next for the Esther’s space.

“It’s like life just stopped here,” said Noni Session, as we stood inside a large dusty room on 7th street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood…


An Oakland elementary school lost a teacher to a consolidation process that the community is questioning. Making changes to the OUSD/OEA teacher’s contract could possibly improve the process for next year.

As Oakland Unified School District’s Manzanita SEED Elementary school lost a teacher on Monday to a consolidation process that…


Workers in Moe’s Books union accuse ownership of union busting and are asking for higher wages while the store’s owner denies the accusation and says the business is struggling to survive.

Unionized Moe’s Books workers picketed with supporters outside the Berkeley bookstore from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday to…


Cagney spent 20 years reckoning with a life transforming familial revelation to write his first book, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory. Three years after its publication, the poet looks back, and forward to what’s next.

Oakland poet James Cagney was 19 when he asked his mother…


On August 30, The Oakland Unified School District informed Oakland High School that they would stop providing onsite COVID-19 testing at the school, but many teachers and parents want the testing services to resume.

“If you don’t test for it, you don’t see that it’s there,” said Christy Mitchell, an…


Following threats of a worker strike over labor day weekend, the around 600 workers with the East Bay Regional Park District came to a tentative agreement with the district’s board and management on Tuesday that raises salaries, putting all workers at or just above median wages for such similar jobs…


In an effort to ensure safety as the Delta variant has caused a surge in COVID-19 cases both nationally and locally, Oakland parents and teachers are asking the Oakland Unified School District to provide weekly COVID-19 tests to all students and staff.

“I think that anyone who is going to…


Workers I interviewed in four different chain grocery stores in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville said that they are not receiving hazard pay related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Oakland and Berkeley’s City Councils each unanimously passed ordinances last February that required large grocery stores to provide their workers with an…


The land where the site sits has seen protests and an occupation over the last two years as its use and who controls it has been a contentious issue among homeless residents and activists. While seven vehicles-homes have parked onsite, some worry how the site will affect the nearby homeless community.

On July 7, the Berkeley based non-profit Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) opened a site, sanctioned by The City of Oakland, for people to legally park and reside in RVs or trailers while having access to electrical hookups, fresh drinking water, and portable toilets. It sits just west of Wood…


Positive COVID-19 cases have dramatically declined in Alameda County from the peak of the pandemic’s spread in January but have seen a moderate rise since Governor Gavin Newsom lifted most COVID-19 related restrictions on June 15.

Data the county has gathered shows that, on an average day in January, about…

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