Oakland

4:22pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Education

Black Student Union continues fight for equality at Skyline High

A mural at Skyline High

 

In 2012 Skyline's Black Student Union filed a complaint charging the school with discriminating against students of color. They accused Skyline of short-shifting black students, providing lackluster support which led directly to students not graduating. A lawsuit resulted in an agreement with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and Skyline and the Oakland Unified School District agreed to make some serious changes. Included in those reforms was a voluntary resolution plan to oversee the disciplinary methods toward African American male students.

Read more

3:31pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Technology

Oakland Wiki puts 'community brain' online

When you’re trying to figure out a piece of information online, your search will typically bring you to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia about practically everything.

But, what if you wanted to know something about Oakland – like why 880 is also called the Nimitz freeway – there’s another place you might land: Oakland Wiki.

Read more

4:02pm

Thu May 1, 2014
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Pete Villaseñor finds a home in San Francisco

Pete Villasenor, Branch Manager of Cesar Chavez library

Pete Villaseñor moved to San Francisco from his home state of Texas almost 20 years ago. That’s well before the Bay’s current housing troubles began. But, moving to a new place can come with other difficulties, like homesickness. Villaseñor told our community storytelling project Hear Here how he found solace in a new city.

Read more

4:17pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Souley Vegan reinvents “southern comfort” with a twist on traditional cuisine

Sean Williams enjoys a meal at Souley Vegan restaurant in Oakland.
Adelyn Baxter

Just north of Jack London Square, inside Oakland’s oldest building, you’ll find one of the East Bay’s most celebrated soul food eateries. Even more surprising? It’s 100 percent vegan.

Read more

12:15pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Meals on Wheels: Food and fellowship for Oakland's elders

Hope Fox of Oakland and her daughter, Pat McKern
Visakha Som

There are over 40 million people over the age of 65 in the US today. According to the census bureau, that number is going to double by mid-century. While the senior citizen population grows, the country’s economic health is declining, which brings up questions: How will we care for the elderly? How will we ensure they are fed, clothed, and sheltered?

Read more

Pages