Oakland A’s fans invaded The Embarcadero on Thursday to watch their team thump the Giants 6-1 in the final game of the Bay Bridge Series. With the win, the A’s added to their MLB-best record, while the Giants fell to second place in the National League West. On the street outside AT&T Park and on the Port Walk along McCovey Cove, fans of each team took potshots at the other and put the game in perspective. (Mark Andrew Boyer/KQED)

skate park
A group of skateboarders in West Oakland turned a dead-end intersection used mostly for illegal dumping into a thriving skate park. Now they are fighting for access to the park, which Oakland city officials say was built illegally and doesn’t have the proper permits. Many neighbors like the park, calling it a positive community effort to improve one small quarter of a neighborhood that is dealing with crime, illegal dumping, drugs and graffiti. (Andrew Stelzer/KQED)

SOMA skate
Skateboarders and dog walkers have a new place to play in San Francisco: a colorful park where Highway 101 dead-ends at Market Street. Skaters from all over the Bay Area are coming to check out the $3.3 million skate and dog park in the area between Hayes Valley and the Mission District. (Alexandra Garretón/KQED)

The Richmond Planning Commission on Thursday night, July 10, approved an environmental impact report (EIR) and permit for Chevron’s plan to update its refinery. The oil giant wants to modernize its facility to handle more and dirtier crude oil and reduce some of its emissions. Before giving a green light to the proposal the planning commission added conditions, requiring Chevron to fund a local green energy and job training program for the community, as well as upgrades to equipment that would improve safety and air quality. The plan won’t be final until it gets the approval of Richmond’s City Council. (Josh Cassidy/KQED)

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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