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Our Backyard: California's Police Secrecy Laws Need Reform

California laws shielding the identity of troublesome cops are among the nation’s strictest. That’s bad for all involved.
September 22, 2016

Feds Pull Millions in Funding for Tree Thinning in East Bay Hills

The move by FEMA comes on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the worst firestorm in East Bay history.
September 16, 2016

Our Backyard: A Boost for Housing

Oakland’s new housing impact fee plan hasn’t hurt housing development. It’s helped it.
July 06, 2016

Oakland Finally Gets a Handle on Violent Crime

During the last few years, homicides and gun violence have decreased as the police department has solved an increasing number of violent crimes. The secret? Ceasefire.
May 30, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown Has Financial Link to Oakland Coal

​Public records show that Brown has financial ties to a company that could profit greatly from shipping coal through Oakland.
May 12, 2016

Bay Area News Group Puts an End to the Oakland Tribune

The Trib ceases to be daily, drunk cops invade an Oakland hills home, and violence spikes in Richmond.
April 02, 2016

Protecting Kids from Sexual Exploitation

Folks like Falilah Bilal of MISSSEY and youth advocate Venus Rodriguez of Not For Sale work have to combat what’s perceived as a big problem in the Bay Area—the commercial sexual exploitation of children
March 10, 2016

The Usual Mayhem Prevails

A BART station killing, fake cameras, and the Bay Bridge shutdown top the news.
March 01, 2016

Sideshows, Spats, and Sudden Closure

Cars galore take over I-880, I-980 could go, and Grand Fare Market is no more.
January 01, 2016

Schaaf Cheers Economy, Boos the Rest

The economy is booming, but crime and housing are problematic, Mayor Schaaf says.
December 01, 2015