The organizations that need your help

Given the pandemic we’re living in, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of suffering people are experiencing due to job and income loss, anxiety, isolation, and illness. But there are real, concrete ways each of us can do something to help right now. …

Directly support the Bay Area arts community during the Covid-19 crisis

The Bay Area is home to one of the most vibrant arts communities in the world. Our musicians, comedians, DJs, painters, makers, actors, and other creatives are one of the major reasons our region is so culturally vibrant. Like so many people, they are taking a huge hit during this…

As a lifelong Oaklander, I stand with them—so should you

I watched in horror, along with the rest of Oakland, as videos surfaced online showing the forceful and shameful eviction of a group of homeless moms from a vacant West Oakland home they had been occupying since November to give themselves and their children a safe place to live.


Unearthing the city’s history one wreck at a time

Every day in San Francisco, people walk the city’s streets unaware of the history that our concrete jungle holds in its depths. Little do most people know that roughly 40 ships are buried underneath the Embarcadero and the Financial District, which used to be the city’s original shoreline.

Most of…

It’s the last column of the year! Thank you, readers, for all your tips.

This is officially the last column of this series for 2019! Back in March, when the Sketchiest Bay Area Apartments You Can Rent made its debut, we weren’t expecting that readers would send us horrifying listings, like this garage with no windows and a leaking roof. Other readers shared stories…

Azucena Rasilla

Azucena is a freelance arts and culture journalist from Oakland, California. Follow her work on social media: @chroniclesofazu

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