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Dec 7, 2022

Berkeley Bound

Gangstagrass unites a divided nation with music If one were to cross paths with the guys in Gangstagrass on the street—one would probably never guess that they hung out with each other, let alone that they’re part of the same band. The group is made up of an unlikely combination...
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Dec 7, 2022

The State of Oakland

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Nov 30, 2022

Stepping Down

Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf reflects as time in office comes to a close Oakland's 50th mayor, Mayor Libby Schaaf, has done a tremendous job in the last eight years compared with those who preceded her, a community leader...
Nov 30, 2022

Cannabis Conundrums

California is awash in pot, the illicit market is flourishing, and the legal market is overtaxed and overburdened If one wants to understand the current state of the California legal-pot business, one can read all the market analyses,...
Nov 30, 2022

The Eagle and the Condor

Loving nature or profiting from it It’s fascinating how “interests” interfere with survival. Humans prepare for—and, of course, wage—war with an overwhelming percentage of their resources (to the benefit of the profiteers), but they plead poverty when it...
Nov 23, 2022

The Gift of Green

Joshua Chase and Oakanna stand out when the smoke clears The Oakanna cannabis store bears quite a few distinctions. For one, it’s the first cannabis dispensary approved to be on Oakland’s busy Lakeshore Avenue promenade. Oakanna owner Joshua...
Nov 23, 2022

The Alchemy of Forgiveness

Transcending the morality police I have been haunted by a phrase: “morality police.” The news has been global. A 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, was arrested as she was leaving a subway station in Tehran on Sept. 13 by an Iranian police...
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Nov 23, 2022

Representation Is Power

Will this be the most diverse California Legislature ever? Leading up to Election Day, advocacy groups were predicting—or at least hoping—that California voters would elect record numbers of women and LGBTQ+ people to the Legislature. Based on the results...
Nov 23, 2022

It’s Bud, American Style

People still prefer plain old weed  If you wanted to get high in 1979, and you didn't live near pot farmers in California, you might buy yourself a "a lid of Mexican." For you young sprigs out there,...
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