Oakland

Joan Baez goes easy on politics on current concert tour

On a concert date a few weeks ago, historic activist and folk…

A "Forever Oakland" sign is hung during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland mayor wants Raiders to stay, won’t commit public funds

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis appears intent on moving the team to…

A "Forever Oakland" sign is hung during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland resident Michael "Guantes" Acosta, 23, was convicted for his role in a 2013 jewelry robbery, a high-speed chase and crash that ended in Oakland and a scheme to prostitute an underage girl against her will for  30 days. (Courtesy DOJ)

Oakland gang member gets 12 years in prison for jewelry heist, other crimes

A gang member was sentenced Monday to 12 years of imprisonment following…

Oakland resident Michael "Guantes" Acosta, 23, was convicted for his role in a 2013 jewelry robbery, a high-speed chase and crash that ended in Oakland and a scheme to prostitute an underage girl against her will for  30 days. (Courtesy DOJ)
Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) watches Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) make a touchdown reception Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Nevada legislature holds special meeting to lure Raiders to Vegas

The Nevada state legislature is holding a special meeting Monday to consider…

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle (32) watches Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts (10) make a touchdown reception Oct. 2, 2016, in Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
There’s no two ways about it: Oakland is now cooler than San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco is dead: Long live San Fran

‘How crazy is it that, at this point, Oakland is way cooler…

There’s no two ways about it: Oakland is now cooler than San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
The role that gender plays in instances of police violence is often overlooked. (Courtesy photo)

Gender glaringly absent in police violence debate

Every year in the Bay Area, an event called Urban Shield offers…

The role that gender plays in instances of police violence is often overlooked. (Courtesy photo)
A truck ended up on BART's tracks on Wednesday night, causing transbay service to be temporarily suspended. (Courtesy twitter.com/SFBART)

BART’S transbay service resumes after truck ends up on tracks

BART officials are reporting that transbay service between West Oakland and San…

A truck ended up on BART's tracks on Wednesday night, causing transbay service to be temporarily suspended. (Courtesy twitter.com/SFBART)
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Supporters hope to keep second SF soda tax from going flat

San Francisco soda tax supporters are hoping round two of an effort…

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If you’ve been off the market for awhile, online dating can be a tough adjustment. (Courtesy photo)

Living single in San Francisco

Sayre Piotrkowski and I were having dinner at the St. James Brasserie…

If you’ve been off the market for awhile, online dating can be a tough adjustment. (Courtesy photo)
Warriors fans react to a missed shot as they watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 7 of the NBA Finals during a viewing party at Luka’s Taproom and Lounge in downtown Oakland. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

From supreme confidence to heartbreak

The beer was flowing, the dance team entertained the crowd and the…

Warriors fans react to a missed shot as they watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 7 of the NBA Finals during a viewing party at Luka’s Taproom and Lounge in downtown Oakland. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Ideas such as mandatory accreditations of child welfare agencies, integrated mental health services and permanency as an absolute standard for every child have been put forward with new promises of excellence and efficiency. (Courtesy photo)

Transforming the child welfare system in California

Providing for the safety and protection of children is perhaps the most…

Ideas such as mandatory accreditations of child welfare agencies, integrated mental health services and permanency as an absolute standard for every child have been put forward with new promises of excellence and efficiency. (Courtesy photo)
After his campaign rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders interacted with Warriors fans inside Oracle Arena as Golden State took down the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals. (Ben Margot/AP)

Bernie plays his greatest hits in Oakland

We lined up in the warm Oakland sun. Excited human beings, snaking…

After his campaign rally at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders interacted with Warriors fans inside Oracle Arena as Golden State took down the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals. (Ben Margot/AP)
Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

‘By right’ done wrong

Negotiations are underway in Sacramento over housing. Here’s what’s up. San Francisco…

Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Organizers say the 2016 Oakland Book Festival at City Hall boasts more panels and programs than last year’s successful inaugural event. (Courtesy Nicole Fraser)

Oakland’s very own literary festival is a labor of love for The Town

What makes Oakland special? If you ask Timothy Don, it’s a “kind…

Organizers say the 2016 Oakland Book Festival at City Hall boasts more panels and programs than last year’s successful inaugural event. (Courtesy Nicole Fraser)
Jesse Hahn returned from being exiled to Triple-A to pitch well on Saturday. Sean Manaea made his major league debut on Friday. Henderson Alvarez is nearing a return from a shoulder injury from his time in Miami. (Ben Margot, Chris Carlson, Frank Franklin II/AP)

A’s undergo early-season pitching staff facelift

OAKLAND — Decked out in a tropical shirt and with a glimmer…

Jesse Hahn returned from being exiled to Triple-A to pitch well on Saturday. Sean Manaea made his major league debut on Friday. Henderson Alvarez is nearing a return from a shoulder injury from his time in Miami. (Ben Margot, Chris Carlson, Frank Franklin II/AP)
As people and businesses continue to pour into Oakland, The Town should use San Francisco as an example of what not to do. (Courtesy photo)

Oakland ought to learn from San Francisco’s mistakes

Over the weekend, I was at a benefit event for the Betti…

As people and businesses continue to pour into Oakland, The Town should use San Francisco as an example of what not to do. (Courtesy photo)
Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli looks up at the scoreboard in a game against Virginia Commonwealth during the championship game of the Atlantic 10 men's tournament. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Saint Joseph’s coach didn’t waste his time scouting Pac-12

Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball coach Phil Martelli is like your East Coast…

Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli looks up at the scoreboard in a game against Virginia Commonwealth during the championship game of the Atlantic 10 men's tournament. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
Bruce Springsteen, pictured at the start of his “The River Tour in January, played for nearly 3 1/2 hours in Oakland on Sunday.  (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Springsteen very much a rocker on ‘River’ tour in Oakland

About 30 minutes into his nearly 3 ½ hour concert at the…

Bruce Springsteen, pictured at the start of his “The River Tour in January, played for nearly 3 1/2 hours in Oakland on Sunday.  (Keith Srakocic/AP)
While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)

As 49ers play stupid Kap tricks, Raiders get serious

Somehow, it all makes total, ridiculous sense. The 49ers, the smug franchise…

While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)
Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)

Never, ever take Curry for granted

‘How much sugar is there in a glass of water?” a teacher…

Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)