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7,000 trucks a day operate at the Port of Oakland.

Truck Scale and Minimart at Port of Oakland to be Evicted in October

Oakland Port Scale, a small business that provides 24-hour truck scales, bathroom facilities and a convenience store for truckers and longshoremen at the Port of Oakland, will have to close its operations in October if [...]
Sandré Swanson

Senate Candidate Swanson Looks at Negative Impact of Costa-Hawkins Act

Former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who is running for State Senate District 9, is examining the way state laws undermine the availability of affordable housing in the East Bay as he campaigns to become an elected [...]
Wares sold by an African vendor at the 2015 Umoja Festival.

Oakland Festivals Celebrate African Heritage

Facing down the threats of gentrification, three Black producers are keeping African and African American heritage alive in Oakland.   On Aug. 20, Effie Tesfahun is holding the 4th Umoja Festival in West Oakland’s Lowell [...]
Renderings of Uber's headquarters in downtown Oakland by Steelblue.

Open Letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Dear Mr. Kalanick,   When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, he said, “Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can [...]
The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times.

Measure to Repeal California’s Death Penalty Qualifies for November Ballot

By John Myers, L.A. Times   California voters will be asked this fall whether to repeal the state’s 38-year-old death penalty, as elections officials announced Friday that an initiative to abolish the law has earned [...]
Fliers opposing the soda tax depict a bag of groceries and can be found on many store fronts in Oakland. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Councilmembers to File Complaint Against the No Oakland Grocery Tax Campaign City Leaders Say Soda Tax Opponents Misleading Oakland Voters

Campaign groups opposing a proposed city soda tax may soon be under investigation by local and federal agencies once three Oakland City Council members file complaints saying the groups are deceptively advertising against the ballot [...]
Carroll Fife (right) with journalist Amy Goodman (center) and Bernie Sanders delegate Solana Patterson Ramos in Philadelphia.

Oakland Activist Carroll Fife Reflects on Her Experience at Democratic National Convention

Now that the dust and balloons from the Democratic National Convention (DNC) have settled, local activist Carroll Fife, who attended the four-day gathering as a Bernie Sanders representative on the DNC Platform Committee, is back [...]