.Elly Schmidt-Hopper

Sep 12, 2018

Feeling at Home at Xinia’s Bakery

Xinia Cruz shows off her El Salvadoran-style empanadas, which are made with ripe plantains and deep-fried. Credits: Photo by Lance Yamamoto A few Saturdays...
Sep 5, 2018

Pop-up Crackdown Stuns East Bay Restaurant Industry

Korean-American pop-up restaurant Nokni was shut down by an Alameda County health inspector a couple weeks ago. Credits: photo courtesy of Julya Shin Since Julya Shin...
Aug 28, 2018

A Harbinger of an Immigration Crackdown?

Marco Senghor, owner of the popular restaurant and nightclub Bissap Baobab. Credits: Photo from Marco Senghor's GoFundMe campaign Marco Senghor, owner of the...
Mar 20, 2014

Oakland Council Pushes for Smartphone Kill Switches

This week, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of California Senate Bill 962 (SB 962). If passed, the law will...
Mar 6, 2014

Smartphone Kill Switch Legislation Moves Forward in Sacramento

During the next several weeks, the California Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications will consider legislation requiring all handheld mobile devices sold in...
Dec 20, 2013

California May Become the First State to Require Kill Switches in Smartphones

State Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco announced plans this week to introduce a bill next year that would require kill switch technology in...
Oct 30, 2013

What’s Driving Oakland’s Robbery Epidemic?

On a Wednesday evening, just a few weeks before the November 2012 election, Oakland City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed while on his...
Oct 2, 2013

The Woman Behind Big Freedia

Renee Moncada-McElroy has an ageless beauty about her: Sitting at Geoffrey's Inner Circle on a recent Wednesday, with braids coiled on top of her...