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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.”

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.

The Original Cheapskate

Thoughts on environmentalism and the shocking election outcome.

Our Backyard: Unnecessary Strife

Libby Schaaf made a mistake backing challengers to Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo. It’s time for them to set aside their differences.

Updated: Final 2016 Election Results

Results from local contests that we’ve been following.

Mad for Mah-Jongg

The ancient Chinese tile game sees renewed popularity in the East Bay.

Living Small

Oakland’s first micro apartments are coming to the Nook on Valdez.

The Door to Narnia

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

Is the Drought Really Over?

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

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.