Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

23 Oct 2019

It Costs More to Be Poor, and Businesses Are Totally Cool with That

There’s a huge spectrum of poverty and wealth, ranging from the destitute to that mystical 1 percent. In an economy touted as performing so well, it’s amazing that the number of “working poor” continues to rise so dramatically. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that here in the Bay

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23 Oct 2019

Kaiser Candlelight Vigil Honors Mental Health Patients Who Committed Suicide

About 40 people held a predawn candlelight vigil in front of Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland early Wednesday morning. They were there to remember former patients who committed suicide after their requests for mental health care were denied or detrimentally delayed. The group consisted of some of Kaiser’s mental health

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16 Oct 2019

San Francisco Gives Cars the Boot for a Better Market Street

Imagine life on Market Street with no cars. You could play soccer, do somersaults or have a heated debate with your imaginary friend right in the middle of the road. Well, maybe not exactly…but close. The city is about to find out just what people will do in the middle

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16 Oct 2019

East Bay Special Elections Voter Guide

It’s almost election-lite time in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Both counties will hold special elections Nov. 5 with very little to vote on, but local stuff matters in big ways and the measures in your area are worth having an opinion on. Here are the basics for each county

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16 Oct 2019

Concord Fault Is Reminding People of the Danger beneath Our Feet

Decades have gone by since the Bay Area felt the power of a strong earthquake and each passing year without a major incident creates a greater sense of complacency. However, Monday night served as a wakeup call – a fairly gentle reminder that ‘it’s not if, but when.’ Those who

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09 Oct 2019

Mezzanine Fights Back, Files for Chapter 11 Protection

OFF MENU IS SPONSORED BY EMPEROR NORTON’S BOOZELAND THE TENDERLOIN’S NEWEST HISTORIC DIVE.  HAPPY HOUR NOON – 7PM It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Mezzanine since news first hit last November that the property owners were looking to kick the female-run music venue to the curb with a threat to increase

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09 Oct 2019

Abandoning Our Kurdish Allies Will Be Trump’s Undoing

People have often wondered what the red line would be. How much is too much? Will there ever be a point when Trump’s behavior and poor policy decisions are met with real consequence? We’re about to find out. It wasn’t the kids in cages, tax breaks for the wealthy, inviting

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09 Oct 2019

The Power Apocalypse is About to Hit the Bay Area

Update, 1:50 p.m.: PG&E tortures residents by postponing the scheduled shutoff in many East Bay cities until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening. A bunch of kids woke up today in parts of Northern California thrilled that schools were closed, that is until they realized their phones won’t charge and microwaves can’t

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