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Unintended Consequences

Organized labor is using state environmental law to make developers hire union workers. California housing advocates call it “CEQA abuse.”

Our Backyard: Disasters Waiting to Happen

There are dozens of large, unsafe—and vibrant—living spaces in Oakland like the one that became engulfed in a deadly fire Friday night. Unfortunately, fixing them could also result in mass evictions.

Updated: Final 2016 Election Results

Results from local contests that we’ve been following.

Living Small

Oakland’s first micro apartments are coming to the Nook on Valdez.

The Door to Narnia

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

Is the Drought Really Over?

For urban water users and agriculture, the answer is yes. But not for fish.

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.

Oakland Steers Away From Cars

Two recent decisions could help encourage smart growth, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the cost of housing.

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?