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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


Filed under Metro

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...

Oakland union workers fight for jobs

Oakland union workers fight for jobs

By Priscila Solis, CONTRIBUTOR

June 5, 2019


Filed under Metro

Union members and allies gathered around in Oakland on May Day marching the streets in full safety gear and rallied for local jobs to be given to local union workers, a topic of debate that has been ongoing for years. May 1 is recognized as International Workers Day and originated in the 1800s when ...

Cost of living skyrockets in Bay Area

Cost of living skyrockets in Bay Area

By Jessica Forrester, CONTRIBUTOR

June 5, 2019


Filed under Metro

Living on minimum wage is harder than you would think. Try putting yourselves in the shoes of Janet Harrison, a 24-year-old mother of two living on $13.50 an hour. Harrison has three jobs and struggles to make ends meet. Even with the help of her significant other, they are still met with financial...

Man testifies in ongoing Ghost Ship trial

Man testifies in ongoing Ghost Ship trial

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

June 5, 2019


Filed under Metro

A man testified on Tuesday that he thought he would die during the 2016 fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland that claimed 36 lives but managed to find his way through the darkness to an exit door that led outside. On the witness stand in the sixth week of the trial of Ghost Ship master tenant...

Richmond workers seek wage adjustment

Richmond workers seek wage adjustment

June 5, 2019


Filed under Metro

Tuesday afternoon unions representing Richmond city workers accused the new city manager Carlos Martinez of union busting and unfair labor practices in a demonstration outside City Hall. City workers are seeking a cost of living adjustment, or COLA, to keep up with the Bay Area's rising cost of liv...

Oakland sideshow leads to bus explosion

Oakland sideshow leads to bus explosion

By Jessica Forrester, CONTRIBUTOR

May 9, 2019


Filed under Metro

Think of the smell of burning rubber and you hear the sound of tires screeching. Follow the sounds and smells and you can see cars driving back and forth, and cars moving in a circular motion leaving donut-shaped tire tracks behind. The energy is high and the crowd is loud; you are at a sideshow. Th...

Ghost Ship warehouse fire started quickly

Ghost Ship warehouse fire started quickly

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 9, 2019


Filed under Metro

A man who served as a doorman at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale district the night of a fire that killed 36 people testified on Tuesday that the blaze erupted quickly. Ryan O’Keefe said the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave. “exploded into an inferno” when the fire started late ...

Student injured in hit-and-run incident

Student injured in hit-and-run incident

By Annie Steuart, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 9, 2019


Filed under Metro

An eighth-grader was struck by a vehicle near Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton Friday as he was heading across Greenwood Road north of Valley Avenue towards his mother’s parked car, according to the police. Officers responded to the collision at 3:14 p.m. Friday. The student had left t...

California Energy Commission to investigate cause of high gas prices

California Energy Commission to investigate cause of high gas prices

By Shoib Ahmadzai, CONTRIBUTOR

May 9, 2019


Filed under Metro

The California Energy Commission is expected to deliver their analysis from their ongoing investigation to discover why gas prices are so high in the state next week on May 15. As gas prices continue increasing well over $4 throughout California with no end in sight, Governor Gavin Newsom tasked the ...

Beto O’ Rourke rallies in San Francisco

By Alli Weseman, PHOTO EDITOR

May 2, 2019


Filed under Metro

On a stage set in the middle of San Francisco’s Irish Cultural Center, people craned their necks and packed in tight to hear Texas Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke speak. O’Rourke stopped in the famously liberal city on April 28 to address voters and explain why he is best sui...

Hundreds rally in May Day events

Hundreds rally in May Day events

By Kiley Russell, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 2, 2019


Filed under Metro

Hundreds of union workers, social justice advocates and their supporters are rallying and marching through the streets of Oakland Wednesday to observe International Workers’ Day. The annual May Day events are intended to draw attention to the need for union jobs, equity in hiring, support for public...

Ghost ship fire allegedly an act of arson

Ghost ship fire allegedly an act of arson

By Jeff Shuttleworth, BAY CITY NEWS SERVICE

May 2, 2019


Filed under Metro

The defense lawyer for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena alleged on Wednesday that the fire at the warehouse in Oakland in 2016 was an act of arson that Almena couldn't have prevented and asked jurors to find him not guilty. In his opening statement in the trial of Almena, 49, and cr...

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