Ghost Ship, a live-work artist space in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, caught fire after a party in December 2016, killing 36 people in total. To prevent similar damage, the city started cracking down on unpermitted building, displacing at least 45 people.

A group of artists evicted after the deadly fire are working with the city to build a live-work space up to the security code, trying to prove that it can be done in a safe and affordable way.

 

An intimate portrayal of two 19-year-old Eritrean asylum seekers living in Oakland, balancing school life and the burden of supporting a family.
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Transition from adolescence to adulthood while adjusting to a new life in a foreign country is not easy. They could be sitting in a classroom or playing soccer like every other high schooler on a Friday afternoon and off to their overnight shift at a gas station on the same day. Although reality may be overwhelming, they have hopes for what future has in store.

 

As more and more states start voting on legalizing marijuana, a multibillion dollar industry is starting to emerge. Many people in California, the biggest state to legalize so far, want to participate in the green rush.

The city of Oakland is trying to stay ahead of the curve by promoting itself as a hub for marijuana entrepreneurs.

To combat diversity problems in the industry and help socioeconomically disadvantaged minorities start new marijuana businesses, the city of Oakland launched the equity program to offer permits for victims of the war on drugs and people with marijuana-related convictions.

The program has good intentions, but to truly diversify the marijuana industry in Oakland, more needs to be done.

 

Saalih Muhammad left his hometown of Richmond, California at 16 for a trial at Dinamo Zagreb, one of the most competitive soccer clubs in Eastern Europe, where he encountered racism and wasn't allowed to play due to FIFA regulations on protection of minors.

From his early struggles to winning the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) title with San Francisco Deltas, this video documents the tremendous difficulties Muhammad has surmounted as a professional athlete.

 

Local flower farms in California are struggling to compete with the influx of imported flowers from South American countries, which have developed an industry that produces cut flowers faster and cheaper.

The dominance of foreign flowers in the domestic market stems from the Andean Trade Preference Act, which lifted import tax on products from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. When Congress passed it, the intention was to push South Americans away from cocaine production.