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Flame and Fortune: It’s trees vs. fire in an...

"Trees provide shade during heat waves, sequester CO2, filter groundwater and have shown to reverse desertification in Burkina Faso. Yet approaching the 30th Anniversary of the Tunnel fire—that’s the state’s name of the 1991 Oakland and Berkeley Hills fire—many trees, to some survivors, are the adversary," writes AJ Fish in this illuminating news feature.

Facing ‘The Homeless’: Stories from the street belie stereotypes

"The truth?" Writes Janis Hashe, "There is no such thing as nameless, faceless 'The Homeless.' Each person couch surfing, or living in a car, an RV, a tent or an encampment on the street, has a unique story of how they got there. And all those stories are profoundly human."

They’s Agin’ It: Federal Cannabis legalization is possible, even...

In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell explores the benefits of federal legalization of cannabis, writing, "Revenue from the weed tax would go toward an office at the Justice Department for job training, and legal aid for cannabis convictions to be expunged," but also exploring the many obstacles along the way, especially the Republican-controlled Congress.

Culture Takes the Lake: Lakeshore bustles back thanks in...

"The resurgence of Black-owned small businesses in Grand Lake might seem like an aberration or a triumph, depending on perspective," writes Eric K. Arnold for this week's Feature, "It’s actually a testament to cultural resilience."

Coping With Covid … Still: Though there are signs...

“Too many people have chosen to live with this virus,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday during a briefing in Oakland to announce the new requirements. “We’re at a point in this pandemic where [an] individual’s choice not to get vaccinated is now impacting the rest of us in a profound and devastating and deadly way.”

Oakland Power Poll: Exploring a new type of civic...

Stephen Buel introduces East Bay Express's latest column with analysis of a Power Poll survey about the public perception of the Oakland Police. Some of the findings are quite surprising.

Weed Warrior: NORML-founder Keith Stroup claims victory in Reagan’s...

"Up until just a few years before Oregon and Colorado legalized, the consensus was that full legalization was still a far-off dream. But then states started falling like dominoes. What changed?" Dan Mitchell asks NORML founder Keith Stroup in this week's 'Chronic Town' "Stroup said it was simple demographics. 'The real reefer maniacs have died or retired,' he said, referring to scare propaganda like the 1936 film 'Reefer Madness'."

Labeling Laments: Packaging and label regulations are a major...

"In January, all cannabis products came under Prop. 65, which requires companies to add warnings to products containing any one of about 1,000 chemicals the state has determined might cause reproductive harm," reports Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "The section of the law that covers packaging is long, and such a morass that it can’t be succinctly described. Hence the need for lawyers."

Best Foot Forward: Renegade Running fosters community

Sasha Weilbaker reports on Renegade Running,which opened its retail location on Grand Avenue in June of last year, and describes itself as both a running store and a running community that “strives to make running an inclusive experience for all across race, gender, and physical ability.”.

Hoop Dreams: Support solidifies for an Oakland WNBA team

Ray Bobbitt, AASEG spokesperson and key executive, said the group made contact with the WNBA several months ago, sending them a bid that noted the 'void' in "Oakland’s professional sports profile, the compatible demographics, the accessibility of the site and the fact that the arena has been well maintained," reports Janis Hashe. "If everything falls into place perfectly, the goal would be to have a team playing next year."

Uncertain Future: Will cannabis still be essential post-pandemic?

"One of the industry’s biggest problems is that the vast majority of legal pot companies have provisional (essential service) licenses that are set to expire next year," writes Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "Absent any action by the state government, that will put many of them out of business. Luckily for the industry, the legislature last week approved a bill to extend those provisional licenses until 2025. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the measure into law. But problems remain."

Within Reach: Flexible Hybrid Electronics take wearable technology to...

"Known in the biotech industry as Flexible Hybrid Electronics, the wearable devices that wrap around human limbs like cloth are expanding beyond medical use to include consumer, industrial, military, agricultural, environmental and aviation applications. In 2019, the FHE market was valued at $95 million, according to some experts. Market research reports forecast FHE valuation will increase to $231 million by 2025," Lou Fancher writes.

Taylor Swiftian: Alameda County Sheriff’s attempt to silence protest...

Alameda County Sheriff D. Shelby played copyrighted music by Taylor Swift while he was being filmed, in an attempt to keep the video from being published online. It didn't go as he'd planned.

Equity depends on collecting data by ethnicity

Rod Lew, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership, advocates establishing a California Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund, with an annual allocation of $100 million to support community-based organizations, clinics and tribal organizations to address the most pressing inequities in their communities.
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