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Past articles by Ricky:

McDonald’s workers rally for better pay and safety in Fruitvale

McDonald's workers in Fruitvale, Oakland are part of a statewide campaign, protesting for better working conditions at fast food restaurants. → Read More

Could Oakland's Flex Streets program be here to stay?

Oakland's policy director Warren Logan, who has overseen the outdoor dining program since its inception, speaks about its future. → Read More

The DEEP Grocery Co-op is Oakland's new worker-owned supermarket

The DEEP Grocery Coop was started to serve deep East Oakland, a designated "food desert." But the store is open to all. → Read More

Puerto Rican restaurant La Perla needs a new floor before it can open

The problem? The price tag. Ortiz says he doesn’t have the money for a new floor before his restaurant's grand reopening. → Read More

Oakland approves $5 hazard pay for grocery workers; Berkeley considering it

Oakland grocery workers are getting a substantial hazard pay raise starting immediately. Berkeley is still reviewing a similar proposal for grocery employees. → Read More

Phnom Penh serves Oakland's Cambodian refugees during pandemic

Political turmoil in Cambodia split the Do family apart. Running a restaurant in the East Bay helped bring them together. → Read More

Sammy’s Pupusas serves free vegan food to homeless Oaklanders

The pop-up's owners, Samar Nassar and Raul Jacobo, are cooking healthy meals for seniors at Operation HomeBase trailer park in East Oakland. → Read More

Puerto Rican restaurant La Perla moves to a bigger location in Oakland

Chef Jose “Cheo” Ortiz and his sons Moises and Gabriel will open the new location in Oakland's Dimond District in January. → Read More

At El Huarache Azteca, an Oakland mother and daughter serve up Mexico City delicacies

The mother and daughter-run restaurant has been doing business in East Oakland's Fruitvale district for over two decades. → Read More

Cozy Wok is a father-son owned vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Oakland

Keguang Zhao never imagined his son Dan would be in the food business like him. Now the two are running a restaurant together in East Oakland. → Read More

Family bonds are at the heart of Oakland's Cambodian Street Food

With the help of her sisters and other family members, Malinda Bun is serving up traditional Cambodian street delicacies in East Oakland. → Read More

What does it take to run a pop-up food business?

Pop-ups are offering some Oakland chefs a unique opportunity to launch businesses during the pandemic. → Read More

Temescal’s restaurants invite you to a big outdoor picnic on Sunday

Temescal restaurants and retail businesses invite diners and shoppers to an outdoor street event on Sunday, Oct. 25. → Read More

Will Alameda County legalize home-cooked food vendors?

A 2018 state law permits home-cooked and pop-up food entrepreneurship, but Alameda County has yet to implement the new law. → Read More

Bissap Baobab reopens as a women-led collective

Five women entrepreneurs are breathing new life into Oakland’s only Senegalese restaurant. → Read More

How Uptown and downtown Oakland bars are surviving the pandemic

We spoke with four nightclub and bar owners about their strategies for safely serving up drinks and food and fun. → Read More

A new street festival aims to safely draw diners back to Oakland Chinatown

Every Friday in August, Ninth Street transforms into an outdoor dining area, helping Oakland businesses survive the pandemic. → Read More

'De-fund the police': Protesters march to Oakland mayor’s house —

A rally led by Oakland youth focused on calls to cut the budgets of city and schools police. → Read More