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Unintended Consequences

Organized labor is using state environmental law to make developers hire union workers. California housing advocates call it “CEQA abuse.”
December 05, 2016

Our Backyard: Disasters Waiting to Happen

There are dozens of large, unsafe—and vibrant—living spaces in Oakland like the one that became engulfed in a deadly fire Friday night. Unfortunately, fixing them could also result in mass evictions.
December 03, 2016

Updated: Final 2016 Election Results

Results from local contests that we’ve been following.
November 21, 2016

Living Small

Oakland’s first micro apartments are coming to the Nook on Valdez.
November 10, 2016

The Door to Narnia

Two naturalists promote the exceptional fauna of Lake Merritt, Oakland’s heart.
November 07, 2016

Is the Drought Really Over?

For urban water users and agriculture, the answer is yes. But not for fish.
November 03, 2016

The Original Power Couple

After serving for four-plus decades in public office, Tom Bates and Loni Hancock are retiring in December. What a long, strange trip it’s been.
November 01, 2016

Our Backyard: Cannabis Corruption

A plan by Councilmember Desley Brooks would not only harm the city’s cannabis trade but also set up a slush fund for her cronies.
October 27, 2016

Oakland Steers Away From Cars

Two recent decisions could help encourage smart growth, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the cost of housing.
October 26, 2016

Will Nancy O'Malley Be California’s Next Top Prosecutor?

Alameda County's district attorney is on the shortlist to become the next state attorney general. She’s recognized nationally for combating sex trafficking, but is that enough?
October 10, 2016