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Finding Their Voice

Oakland School for the Arts’ a cappella ensemble, Vocal Rush, forms students into instruments of change, for themselves and society.

What’s Worse than Finals? The Lack of Housing

When it comes to housing its students, UC Berkeley is anything but the University of California’s crown jewel.

Lake Temescal’s Future Could Be in Doubt

The popular lake has closed four consecutive years because of toxic algae blooms—an increasing problem found around the globe.

Landlords Strike Back

Alameda landlords successfully blocked the city’s new tenant-backed just cause eviction law—and started a new war in the process.

Making the Poor Pay Twice

Alameda County’s newest courthouse has been criticized for limiting access for the county’s poorest residents—who are exactly the people who paid for it.

A Better Housing Plan

Activists won commitments from Bay Area planners to find ways to build more affordable housing in the region.

Thelton’s Orders

On the eve of his retirement, the federal judge who reshaped the state’s prison system and the Oakland Police Department speaks on his role in the civil rights movement and the future of justice in the Trump era.

Building Around BART

After bulldozing neighborhoods early in its history, BART now wants to build communities.

Getting the Lead Off

A years-long project to remove highly toxic lead-based paint from 6,000 PG&E transmission towers gets started this summer in Alameda County.

No More Barking

After the executive director of Alameda’s animal shelter left, the shelter and city stopped fighting, agreed to a new deal, and started talking about building a new facility.