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Allen Baptist Temple Church Congregation Chooses Jacqueline Thompson as Pastor

The Oakland native is the storied church’s first female pastor and plans to continue its long history of social justice and community service.
June 7, 2019

Build It Green Wants to Make Homes Healthier

It’s using two new programs — Health Home Connect and the Low Income Weatherization Project — to help the poor make housing improvements they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
June 5, 2019

Oakland’s Fire Risk Worsens

Vegetation vigilantes sound the wildfire alarm. The mayor’s budget proposes additional management, but is it sufficient?
June 3, 2019

Diane Barnes Uses Her Stroke for a Second Act

The retired radiologist who suffered a stroke turned to improv after retirement and now found the biggest catastrophic nightmare of her life has become her golden opportunity.
May 31, 2019

Oakland Doesn’t Need an LGBTQ District

It’s a city that’s unwilling to let others define it, according to reader David Mulshenock.
May 29, 2019

Johnny Lopez Launched TURFinc to Spread an Art Form

In 2012, Lopez started TURFinc with the goal of helping kids like him. Through the organization, beginners can learn the dance style, and experienced dancers can learn how to grow their careers and reputations.
May 20, 2019

Affordable SAT Prep for All

Khan Academy partners with College Board to close the opportunity gap on standardized college test preparation.
May 15, 2019

A Highway 1 Trip Can End Cabin Fever

The long rainy season gives way to spring, and the open road of the Pacific Coast Highway beckons from Morro Bay to Mendocino.
May 14, 2019

Take a Forest Bath to Open Your Senses

There are thousands of trained, certified guides around the world, several best-selling books have been published, and the first international forest-therapy conference will be held in July at Sonoma State University.
May 8, 2019

Concerns Surface Over Essential Oils

Endocrinologists and aromatherapists are at odds over whether lavender and tea tree essential oils cause ‘moobs.’ More consumers are talking to their doctors about it.
May 6, 2019