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Conservationists and Zoo Spar Over Knowland Park

After nearly 20 years, the Oakland Zoo is ready to break ground on a conservation exhibit in Knowland Park this fall. But it’s not even close to settling its fight with local conservationists.
July 02, 2014

Tora Rocha Greens Up Oakland

Tora Rocha believes in bees. And butterflies, hoverflies, and wasps. Why? Because these insects are the city’s pollinators, and without them, Oakland wouldn’t have the healthy plants that produce food, fibers, spices, and even medicines.
May 01, 2014

Oakland Slow on Urban-Ag Incentive Front

Oakland food-justice advocates have long dreamed of turning local vacant lots into small farms and community gardens. At the end of last year, many hoped that AB 551, a new state law building incentives into urban agriculture practices, would be the push needed to turn Oakland’s blighted land into blood oranges. But those eager for speedy implementation will have to exercise patience.
May 01, 2014

Aquaponic Gardens Come to Castlemont

Software engineer Eric Maundu starts Kijani Grows to help farming in his native Kenya and takes the technology to an Oakland school.
March 30, 2014

Flare Up Over Firewood

EBRP passes on a chance to capitalize on local firewood.
March 30, 2014

Lehman Signs on Signature Development Group for Oak Knoll Navy Hospital

The decommissioned naval hospital property at Oak Knoll may make headway in 2014.
March 05, 2014

Oakland Army Base Makes Headway as Logistics Center

The long-awaited development of Oakland and Alameda's decommissioned military bases get green lights. Their futures look very different.
March 05, 2014

Not So Fast, Customs

A concerned citizen has spurred city officials to investigate her complaints that a customs examination station in Alameda is a potential source of hazards ranging from radioactive material to weapons of mass destruction. Oakland said no to similar proposal for a screening facility in West Oakland.
March 05, 2014

Waterfront Access and the Bay Farm Development.

For about as long as people have lived on San Francisco Bay, there has been tension over developing or preserving this rich natural resource. And like other communities that ring the Bay, Alameda’s Bay Farm Island is no exception: From the arrival of the Spanish in the 1700s to the struggle between the Island’s asparagus farmers and developers in the 1800s to the effort to connect the island to Oakland with landfill in the 1900s, Bay Farm Island residents have experienced their share of conflict.
January 02, 2014

Crown Beach Reborn Again

Crown Memorial State Beach offers magnificent views of San Francisco, boasts easy pedestrian access, and has (relatively) warm water at its shore. The beach stretches 9,000 feet and attracts more than 600,000 visitors per year, making Crown Beach the longest and most heavily used beach on the Bay. And a shoreline that length needs lots of sand—which is why last fall the East Bay Regional Park District completed an almost $5.7 million project to replenish the park with approximately 82,000 cubic yards of the stuff.
January 02, 2014