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Our Backyard: OPD Needs More Independent Oversight

A new investigative report of police wrongdoing shows Oakland cops can’t be trusted to investigate themselves. And the new chief doesn’t seem to understand that fact.

Dealing with the Sprawl Devil

Thousands of acres of green open space in the East Bay are in danger of being gobbled up by suburban housing tracts.

For the Birds

As Alameda embarks on a construction boom, the city is exploring ways to protect birds from flying into glass buildings.

Backroom Benefits

Some Oakland nonprofits have been meeting behind closed doors with developers and councilmembers to negotiate multimillion-dollar “community benefits packages.”

Whose Estuary?

Some city officials disagree with homeowners over who should control “lost” publicly owned pathways and miniparks along the water’s edge.

Our Backyard: Island Safety

The council’s decision to reinstate Alameda’s fire-inspection team was a no-brainer.

Island Worker Shortage

The developers of Alameda Point say the delay in construction is due to a labor shortage caused by the Bay Area housing boom.

Has BART Overexpanded?

Over the years, the transit agency has spent huge sums on expanding to the suburbs, and now it’s facing serious financial challenges.

The Real Cause of Gentrification

When cities like Oakland prohibit new apartments and condos in wealthy neighborhoods, low-income areas pay the price.

Word on the Street: Safe Haven

How do you feel about Alameda being a sanctuary city?