Rainy Day Fund Discussed for City
By Bruce Nye
Annual budget talks get underway Oakland operates on a two-year budget cycle. This means that in odd numbered years, Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Fred Blackwell and members of the City Council devote much of their time from January

Sharing Sculpture with the Neighbors
Laurel resident and ceramic artist Nick Cienfuegos has contributed one of his works to the Laurel Art Garden at Delaware Street and 35th Avenue. Cienfuegos recently returned from studying in Turkey, remembered the garden and thought to

Dimond Park Tot Lot Opens with Celebration June 1
By Michael Dailey and Carrie Campbell
New Fun for Kids in Dimond Park On Sunday, June 1, Dimond Park debuted its new Tot Lot with a grand opening celebration and delicious cake. This new play structure, located under the shade of beautiful trees, lies between the park’s two

Summer Activities in Melrose, Fairfax
By Adelle Foley
It’s summer: School is out, the summer reading program is under way and the Melrose Branch Library is humming. The Melrose High Hopes Fiesta Block Party is taking ...

The Dimond District’s Early Personalities
By Dennis Evanosky
Sometime in the 1770s King Charles III of Spain decided that he, not the Native Americans living in the present-day East Bay, owned the land.

Public Library Branches Thriving in Oakland
By Dossie M. Terrell
The people of Oakland see our value, and we value the people of Oakland,” said Sharon Mckellar, who works as the city’s community relations librarian.

Law Does Not Allow LDA to Hold Closed Meetings
By Dennis Evanosky
Over the last two months questions have arisen about the role that the Laurel District Association (LDA) plays in the Laurel and its affiliation with the Laurel

Seeking ‘Effective Treatments’
By Elizabeth Preston
Within the last year, I have written two columns on mental illnesses that are broadly called mood disorders. In October 2013, my column addressed

Scoping Out Illegal Lease Provisions
By Steve Williams
Landlords must avoid unlawful language in lease agreements Q. Are there any provisions that are prohibited in a lease agreement?

Safety as a Civil Right
By Patricia Sam
A wave of improving safety has begun to crest over Oakland. That’s the message the audience took away from City Councilmember Libby Schaaf’s recently presented “Sa...

What They Said: Panel Responds
By Patricia Sam
What should we all do and what will you do to improve youth and police relationships? Lee: It takes a lot of deliberate effort.

Neighborhood Weighs in on Planet Fitness
By Scott Marabillas
Planet Fitness is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony for late October at 4055 MacArthur Blvd. The gym will replace Food Maxx, which closed in April.