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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.

The Door to Narnia

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

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.

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.

Leaving Mars

At 57, Patricia O’Connor trades a badass-motorcycle-racer past for womanhood, finding—finally—congruence in her physical and emotional selves.

It’s All About That Belt

Oakland barber Tyrone Burns is on a mission to rid the city of sagging pants.

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?

Paddle Boarding Goes to the Dogs

For pet owners, paddle boarding becomes even more fun with pups aboard.