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Backroom Benefits

Some Oakland nonprofits have been meeting behind closed doors with developers and councilmembers to negotiate multimillion-dollar “community benefits packages.”

Whose Estuary?

Some city officials disagree with homeowners over who should control “lost” publicly owned pathways and miniparks along the water’s edge.

Island Worker Shortage

The developers of Alameda Point say the delay in construction is due to a labor shortage caused by the Bay Area housing boom.

Has BART Overexpanded?

Over the years, the transit agency has spent huge sums on expanding to the suburbs, and now it’s facing serious financial challenges.

The Real Cause of Gentrification

When cities like Oakland prohibit new apartments and condos in wealthy neighborhoods, low-income areas pay the price.

Towering Complexity

Terrence McGrath, developer of the first high-rise in Oakland’s Temescal district, gravitates toward difficult projects.

A Waste of Money

Oakland is suing its recycling contractor, alleging that the company is overcharging apartment building owners by millions of dollars.

A Clash of Allegiance

The Alameda school district plans to sue two charter schools, because they ousted a district appointee to their board of directors.

The Oakland Sisterhood

Women hold every top leadership job in the city’s bureaucracy. Plus, Libby Schaaf’s mayoral staff has six women in senior roles.

Stopping the Tar-Sands Invasion

East Bay groups are attempting to prevent the region from playing a major role in a climate disaster.