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Northeastern University expected to take over Mills College campus, A's continue battle to remain in Oakland and more

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Northeastern University to take up residence at campus of Mills College

Beginning in July, Boston-based Northeastern University will take over the Mills College campus in East Oakland to create a unique research university focusing on social sciences, San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The transition marks an end to Mills College, originally founded in 1852, created a haven for women and more recently, a haven for non-gender conforming students as well. Mills College was just one of 37 women’s colleges in the U.S.

Northeastern's expansion to the stately campus located on MacArthur Boulevard is just one of the college’s 10 campuses that have recently been established globally over the past decade, garnering attention as it combines Northeastern academies with internships with well-known companies and organizations such as NASA.

Each of Northeastern's campuses operates under different academic themes with the theme of the new campus in Oakland being, “women’s leadership, social justice and equity,” according to Northeastern's Senior Vice Provost Mary Ludden.

“For us, the legacy of Mills is an unbelievable asset — the legacy of women’s leadership and equity,” Ludden said.

Mills College President Elizabeth Hillman is embracing the transition, referring to it as a “merger,” saying that she believes the transition will allow the legacy and mission of Mills College to continue.

However, Hillman didn’t attempt to disguise the fact that student’s experience at Mills College won’t be the same, as those graduating will receive degrees that read “Mills College at Northeastern.” Read more of this story.

The future of the Oakland A’s hangs in the balance at upcoming Alameda County Supervisors meeting

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The Oakland A’s and Major League Baseball will see how willing Alameda County is Tuesday in accommodating the A’s franchise that’s currently attempting to relocate from the Oakland Coliseum in East Oakland to a new waterfront ballpark located at the Howard Terminal, KPIX reports.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is expected to signal support one way or another for the proposed waterfront stadium during a meeting with an agenda that includes a possible vote on whether or not the county will contribute future tax dollars to the A’s franchise to help pay for parks and affordable housing, along with other components of infrastructure.

“It is apparent we could lose this last professional franchise to another city,” Supervisors David Haubert and Richard Valle wrote in a letter sent to board President Keith Carson on Tuesday.

The A’s have said that they’re prepared to move to another city if negotiations fall through.

The City of Oakland has lost both the Golden State Warriors and the now Las Vegas Raiders in recent years.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has openly said that the conditions at the Coliseum continue to deteriorate.

“I feel very confident there will be a vote on Tuesday and that vote will be “yes,” Schaaf said during a press conference Friday morning.

“This vote has been the largest unknown in the entire project,” Schaaf added, touching on her concern that anything other than a “yes” vote will pave the way for the A’s to leave Oakland.

The county’s participation in building a new waterfront ballpark is crucial in order for city officials to work with the franchise to craft a development agreement.

“And that is the biggest job ahead of us,” Schaaf said. Preliminary development terms were drafted earlier this year. Read more of this story.

After opening Oakland location, Limón considers expansion to South Bay

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Peru’s famous rotisserie chicken restaurant, Limón has officially opened at Hanover Northgate apartment complex near Lake Merritt, giving area residents the opportunity to try Limón’s flame-grilled chicken, ceviche and pisco sours, East Bay Times reports.

Restaurant chef Martin Castillo says a South Bay location may be next. Castillo made a name for himself in San Francisco 20 years ago before expanding to Walnut Creek and Burlingame.

“We are working on a couple options in the Peninsula and Silicon Valley,” Martin Castillo’s brother Antonio said.

Diners flocking to Limón enjoy the signature pollo a la brasa, a rotisserie-style chicken with crispy skin and aji sauce, served with traditional Peruvian sides such as tacu tacu, which is sauteed rice and beans, comote frito sweet potato fries and other dishes like empanadas and the lomo saltado.

Limón also serves a variety of cocktails including lychee- and passion fruit-infused pisco sours, margaritas, mezcal cocktails and sangria.

The restaurant’s Oakland location is at 2450 Valdez St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Read more of this story.

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