New pilot program helps arts nonprofits find new homes


Just a few months ago arts nonprofits CounterPULSE and The Luggage Store were facing an uncertain future. New tech neighbors drove their rents sky high, and the groups that for years were venues for struggling artists were struggling themselves.

“Twitter moved in literally behind our building,” said Jessica Robinson Love, executive director of CounterPULSE. Lacking the deep pockets of a tech company, they readied for a move to Oakland. Read more »

West Oakland's Bikes 4 Life re-opening with rides for all


"It keeps me occupied, not doing trouble in the summer, and after I'm gone it's going to leave me with some experience," says Lamar, a 16-year-old who works at Bikes 4 Life in the West Oakland community bike shop's promotional video. After the completion of its remodels, the shop is re-opening tomorrow, Sat/11, and will be handing out free rides to the neighborhood kids. Read more »