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Action against plastic in Palo Alto

Action against plastic in Palo Alto

By A.J. WOOD, CONTRIBUTOR

July 11, 2019

Palo Alto became the first Bay Area city to ban plastic grocery bags in a decision on June 10, 2019. The 6-0 approval of the ordinance, as reported by the Palo Alto Weekly, was part of a larger plan that includes a ban on disposable straws, as well as requirements for restaurants to provide reusabl...

Witness testifies in Ghost Ship Fire trial

Witness testifies in Ghost Ship Fire trial

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

July 11, 2019

A two-time felon who is a friend of Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena testified on Monday that he heard what sounded like an argument and bottles being broken shortly before a fire at the Oakland building in December 2016 that killed 36 people. Darold Leite, who lived in a sauna in a lo...

Gentrification in Oakland on the rise

Gentrification in Oakland on the rise

By Megan Cove, CONTRIBUTOR

June 27, 2019

The gentrification of Oakland has had detrimental effects on the city and people who call it home. The culture, norms, diversity, and life they have grown up with or have become accustomed to are seemingly disappearing in front of their eyes. With the decrease of affordable housing driving the loss o...

City council considers gun violence intervention

City council considers gun violence intervention

June 27, 2019

The Richmond City Council was briefed on municipal efforts to stem gun violence and historical trends affecting their goal of going one year without a homicide at their meeting Tuesday night. The city's Office of Neighborhood Safety staged 57 gun violence interventions in 2018 as part of their ongo...

Hayward contractor sentenced to prison

Hayward contractor sentenced to prison

By Julia Cheever, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 27, 2019

Convicted for obtaining forced labor, harboring undocumented workers A Hayward construction contractor was sentenced in federal court in Oakland Tuesday to eight years and seven months in prison for his conviction on charges of obtaining forced labor and harboring undocumented workers for private fi...

Abortion rights challenged by new laws

Abortion rights challenged by new laws

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

June 20, 2019

Democratic political clubs came together to rally for reproductive rights in front of Hayward City Hall on June 9. This comes at a time when abortion rights in 16 states have come under threat of being cut as lawmakers challenge Roe v. Wade. This was the latest rally that has been held since Alabama...

Alameda debates rent control practices

Alameda debates rent control practices

By Lillian Lee Follrath, CONTRIBUTOR

June 20, 2019

Rent is higher than ever. The California city of Alameda is answering to the issue of low-income tenants suffering under the weight of skyrocketing rent. Tenants, landlords, and city staff gathered at 6:30 p.m. on June 6 for a “special” community open house meeting led by Debby Potter, a self-tit...

Bay Area faces historic heat wave

Bay Area faces historic heat wave

By Oscar Torres, CONTRIBUTOR

June 20, 2019

Making the trek between classes is difficult enough when your campus is on a hill, but the added fact that you are on campus during the summer, instead of vacationing with friends, is worsened by record-breaking heat. It is a summer the Bay Area will not forget. The record-setting temperatures are i...

Max Harris speaks up at Ghost Ship trial

Max Harris speaks up at Ghost Ship trial

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 20, 2019

Ghost Ship warehouse creative director Max Harris said Wednesday that he was mistaken when he told investigators that the Oakland building's back stairs were blocked during a fire in 2016 that killed 36 people. In his third day on the witness stand in his trial on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for t...

Kaiser announces new headquarters

Kaiser announces new headquarters

BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 20, 2019

Kaiser Permamente on Monday morning unveiled plans for a new national headquarters to be constructed in downtown Oakland in the coming years. The 1.7 million-square-foot office tower, which is expected to be 28 or 29 stories tall, will be sited at 2100 Telegraph Ave. - on a collection of five parcels ne...

EBMUD board votes to increase water rates

EBMUD board votes to increase water rates

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 13, 2019

East Bay Municipal Utility District directors voted 5-1 on Tuesday to approve a water rate increase totaling nearly 13 percent over the next two years. The board's vote means that the water agency's 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties will face a 6.5 percent rate hike on July ...

Two NBA finals game 6 tickets for charity auction

Two NBA finals game 6 tickets for charity auction

By Dan McMenamin, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 13, 2019

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has put up for auction two tickets to watch Thursday's NBA Finals Game 6 from the city of Oakland's suite at Oracle Arena to raise money for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Schaaf previously donated one ticket to Game 4 of the Golden State Warriors' series against the...

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