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Tampon tax driving product prices sky high

Tampon tax driving product prices sky high

Alaina Bigelow,
Contributor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Metro, Opinion

In March of this year, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and Lorenza Gonzalez Fletcher proposed a bill that would increase the tax on hard liquor and get rid of the tax on female “luxury items.” More than a year ago Democratic Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would remove the tax on femini...

Navigating through the smoke: Details hazy on the Smoke & Tobacco-Free campus policy

Navigating through the smoke: Details hazy on the Smoke & Tobacco-Free campus policy

Amos Mak,
Contributor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, Metro

Since Sept. 1, smokers need to look elsewhere to take a break, because all California State Universities have enacted a “Smoke & Tobacco-Free” policy. This means the use of smoke-emanating and tobacco products are prohibited from the entire campus including classroom buildings, parking lots, and fo...

Women, sports take center stage at Oakland film festival

Women, sports take center stage at Oakland film festival

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

October 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Metro, Showcase

The Women Sports Film Festival will make its return today, running through Oct. 1, at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater on 24th St. The festival screens documentary films by and about female athletes and storytellers. This year there will be seven feature films, sixteen short documentaries; 18 different...

Traffic consistently bad in Bay Area

Traffic consistently bad in Bay Area

Jamie Lee DaSilva,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Campus, Metro

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have become accustomed to traffic jams. The morning commute, chock-full of bumper-to-bumper interactions, starts around 5 a.m. and lasts until 10 a.m., sometimes longer. The afternoon and evening commute begins generally around 3 p.m. and lasts until abo...

Oakland homeless camps continue to grow

Oakland homeless camps continue to grow

Elizabeth Orozco,
Contributor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Metro

In recent decades, Oakland’s homeless population have grappled with rising housing costs coupled with scarce affordable options. The growing number of homeless people continues to rise, according to EveryOne Home’s survey conducted in January. The bustling tent cities have put pressure on Oakland of...

Father-son Castro Valley toy store moves to Hayward

Father-son Castro Valley toy store moves to Hayward

Kestutis Rushing,
Contributor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Features, Metro, Showcase

When people look for toys and collectibles, most turn to digital retailers such as eBay or Amazon. However, rare toys are waiting to be discovered in small toy shops. In fact, the success of small collectible shops has made an impact on companies like Amazon. The online juggernaut is planning to expan...

Protests scheduled for Berkeley, San Francisco cancelled over the weekend

Protests scheduled for Berkeley, San Francisco cancelled over the weekend

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

After some pushback from local officials and citizens, two organizations cancelled right-wing rallies on Friday. The first rally was supposed to be at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, and it was organized by a conservative group from Portland, Oregon called Patriot Prayer. Their founder, Joey...

New Hayward library to be zero net energy

New Hayward library to be zero net energy

Daniel McGuire,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Metro

Hayward is on the road to its first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building with the construction of a new public library. A ZNE building produces an equal amount of energy that it uses annually from the city’s grid, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The Hayward pu...

Right-wing ‘Freedom Rally’ planned for Saturday in San Francisco

Right-wing ‘Freedom Rally’ planned for Saturday in San Francisco

Justin Mutch,
Contributor

August 23, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Patriot Prayer, a Portland-based political and self-professed free speech organization has received approval from the National Park Service to hold a “Freedom Rally” at Chrissy Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 26. Oath Keepers, a Las Vegas-based militia that the Southern Poverty Law Cente...

Street party season concludes today

Street party season concludes today

Louis LaVenture,
Editor-in-Chief

August 17, 2017


Filed under Metro

The 17th season of the downtown Hayward Street Party series concludes today with the third one of the summer. The festivities will include live music, a car show, food, vendors, games, beer and wine gardens and other activities from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on several streets surrounding City Hall. The...

High priced apartments in San Lorenzo not very welcome

High priced apartments in San Lorenzo not very welcome

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Contributor

August 17, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

On the 16000 block of Via Arriba across from the old San Lorenzo Theatre and Wells Fargo bank, next to the recently closed down, lottery-winning Kavanagh Liquors, sits a cluster of vacant lots. There has been a recent proposal to build high-end apartments there. The proposal comes from The Demmon...

Illegal dumping plagues Oakland

Illegal dumping plagues Oakland

Alex Garcia,
Contributor

August 10, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Illegal dumping has become a visible problem in Oakland, California. It is all too typical to pass by a pile of trash on a street corner. The city’s Public Works department eventually cleans up the area, but a few days after the cleanup, there is a new pile of trash. The city’s budget for 2016-20...

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