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Haircuts with Heart Provides Free Haircuts to the Homeless

Volunteer stylists, shears and blow-dryers in hand, provide pampering services for those who need it the most.
January 9, 2019

Oakland’s Lead Paint Problem Persists

The city has yet to launch a program to check older homes for lead paint, even though children are still being poisoned. Funds from a recent lawsuit, however, could jumpstart the effort.
January 1, 2019

Paint the Town Puts Traffic-Calming Murals Around Oakland

Administrators of the pilot program, organized through the city’s Department of Transportation, are happy with the results of the program but hope more funding will make it proactive in economically distressed areas.
December 17, 2018

Noah Berger Is the Fire Chaser

The longtime East Bay photojournalist has found his calling: photographing California’s massive wildfires.
November 20, 2018

The Crack in Oakland’s Jewel

The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center on Lake Merritt has been empty for 13 years and is in such disrepair it can’t be used to house homeless people. Will renovations finally begin next year?
November 8, 2018

Is Oakland Becoming the Silicon Valley of Cannabis?

Entrepreneurs and investors are flocking to The Town in pursuit of California’s newest gold rush: the cannabis industry.
November 7, 2018

People with Disabilities Encounter Success, Challenges in the Food Industry

Mozzeria, Trouble Coffee, and vocational programs offer people with disabilities something unusual — personal and financial independence.
November 2, 2018

A New Fight for Civil Rights in Oakland

The Public Rights Project is bringing two recent Yale Law School grads to bolster Oakland’s capacity for civil rights litigation.
October 8, 2018

Sickle Cell: The Last Health-Care Frontier for Black Lives

While the genetic disease received widespread attention during the Civil Rights Movement, researchers and doctors say patients continue to suffer from a lack of adequate treatment.
September 13, 2018

Explaining Construction in the Produce Market and Waterfront Warehouse Districts

It’s sort of a mess there with major PG&E and other construction projects temporarily upending the neighborhoods.
September 5, 2018