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Apr 27, 2022

Planting Justice: Sobrante Park neighbors work together

Sobrante Park is the kind of neighborhood families stay in for generations. It’s the right kind of place for a project like the Planting Justice nursery, an attempt to tap the deep roots of the community to build neighborhood resilience. My host at the nursery was nursery manager Julia Toro....
Feb 23, 2022

Rosie’s Redux: Union trades revive as suitable jobs for women

In the iconic image, Rosie the Riveter—a woman in a polka-dot bandana—crooks a muscular arm as her speech balloon says, “We can do it!” What happened to her and her sisters post-World War II is also familiar. As...
Feb 2, 2022

Toxic Tides: Groups demand action now as seas rise

The sea is already rising, nibbling at vulnerable East Bay communities. Climate scientists warn the so-called “doomsday” glacier may fracture within five years, possibly leading to the collapse of the entire Antarctic ice sheet, potentially resulting in...
Jan 26, 2022

Black Teacher Shortage: Experts blame underrepresentation in colleges and discrimination on the job

A growing body of research shows that Black students who have at least one Black teacher growing up are more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college than those who don’t. Yet California still woefully lacks...
Jan 26, 2022

Integrating the Metaverse: The next phase of virtual and augmented reality in Bay Area...

  A few weeks ago I spoke with Kate Randle, public policy manager with Meta—formerly Facebook—on what she refers to as “the next phase of the internet.” Social media and communication platforms, while still a priority, she said,...
Jan 12, 2022

Occupy’s Influence Grows: An interview with the author of ‘Generation Occupy: Reawakening American Democracy’

On Jan. 6, the anniversary of a mob overrunning the U.S. Capital and rioting within its walls while our elected representatives huddled in fear for their lives, I spoke with Michael Levitin, author of Generation Occupy: Reawakening...
Dec 29, 2021

Demythifying the Garret: Berkeley explores safe, affordable live/work spaces

The romantic notion of artists living in garrets to support their creative efforts and defy capitalist norms is still very much with us. From Puccini’s starving Bohemians freezing in their Latin Quarter attics, to Jonathan Larson’s poor-but-defiant...
Dec 29, 2021

Three Tomatoes in Alameda: The talk of climate change deniers points to a way...

That composting food waste, when done right, actually moves CO2 far beneath the atmosphere suggests that, like tree-growing, there’s a warming-reversal tactic to counter the complicated news of what climate change is doing to tomatoes. Composting-driven carbon...
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