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Slugging it Out at Crown Beach

A curious sight washes ashore along the bayside.

The Briefing: Smart People, Smart Meters

Smart meters, Island Bowl, Spirits Alley and more

The Truck Whisperers

An Alameda broker builds an international business insuring mobile restaurateurs.

Picture This Looks at Goats

Wild art around the East Bay.

Greetings From Alameda

Greetings from Alameda! displays historic postcards collected by Gary Lenhart at AlamedaInfo.com. To view more postcards, or contribute to this collection, visit the website.

Grace and Humor Define the Rev. Christopher Peterson

With a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, the Rev. Christopher Peterson is extremely enthusiastic about being new to town and serving as the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Alameda. A family man, former software developer, and big believer in grace, Peterson shares his story with us.

BART’s No-Nonsense GM Grace Crunican

Grace Crunican was running through her standard list of questions: What do you think of BART? Are the trains on time? Are they clean? How about the stations? Do you feel safe?

TVs, Radios, and Picture Tubes

Old radios, microphones, and televisions lined up everywhere. Fifteen hundred stacked boxes of vacuum tubes, books, magazines, photographs, phonographs, amplifiers, audiotapes, testing equipment, and old signs. These are among the artifacts at the new home of the California Historical Radio Society at 2152 Central Ave.

Centerforce Gives Oakland Youth Court New Life

When Cleveland Mitchell first learned in 2011 that Oakland’s McCullum Youth Court was losing funding and on the verge of closing its doors, he could hardly contain his disappointment. Having been involved with the court for years, first in 2005 as a 13-year-old juvenile delinquent and then throughout high school as a volunteer staff member, Mitchell had personally witnessed the nonprofit diversion program help hundreds of kids in Alameda County. In 2012, when the youth court officially shut down, Mitchell was totally dismayed and flabbergasted that one of Oakland’s most prominent youth diversion programs could have been allowed to deteriorate. “I couldn’t believe it was over,” Mitchell says. “I thought it was something that deserved to be more praised and more wanted than it was.”

Is Rent Control the Answer

When people talk about rent problems in the Bay Area, they’re usually referring to San Francisco and its recent convulsions of gentrification. But there’s another crisis brewing in the East Bay that has gone largely undetected.