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Our Backyard: Privileged Government

In Alameda, you can block new housing development if you’re friends with the mayor or a city councilmember. And that’s unfair.

Our Backyard: The Oakland City Council Needs Reform

Key city council votes effectively take place in private because they occur late at night, after residents have gone home.

Could This Be The Year of Police Reform in Oakland?

One or more measures that would establish stronger oversight of the Oakland Police Department may be headed for the November ballot.

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.

Sam Singer Is Oakland’s New Best Friend

The crisis communications guru loves a good fight. Fortunately for Warriors fans, his latest battle involves keeping the team from moving to San Francisco.

Vote for Nancy Skinner and Bryan Parker on June 7

Also, we support Measure AA and Proposition 50, and we oppose Richmond measures N and O.

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.

Supervisor Nate Miley Faces a Credible Candidate

Bryan Parker challenges the incumbent who is running on his track record—one Parker finds lacking.

Open Primary Season in the East Bay

The new system may hurt Skinner, Swanson, and Kinney but Welch is hopeful in the state senate district race.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Is Our East Bay Person of the Year

She inspired us like no other for this inaugural achievement.