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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...

Oakland union workers fight for jobs

Oakland union workers fight for jobs

By Priscila Solis, CONTRIBUTOR

June 5, 2019

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

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

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

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...

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