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Oakland Chamber at Odds with Voters

Can the city’s leading business organization be any more disconnected from the Oakland populace?
April 3, 2015

Wendy Wheeler and Thomas Page Hike All the East Bay Park Trails

Two friends undertake a massive trekking project that takes them to the near and far-flung reaches of EBRP District lands.
March 15, 2015

The Most Popular Person at Oakland City Hall?

The chambers of the Oakland City Council can be a very rough place. Public bickering between council members and full-throated soliloquies by angry residents are commonplace. At times, the difference between debating an ordinance and lobbing ordnance is difficult to discern. But, amid the swirling hurricane, seating in a sea of tranquility is City Clerk LaTonda Simmons, perhaps the most popular person at City Hall.
March 1, 2015

Fruitvale's Noel Gallo Walks the Walk

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo takes to the streets of his Fruitvale district to put safety at the forefront.
January 18, 2015

Libby Schaaf Let Down Her Hair, and Then Rolled to Victory

Oakland’s mayor-elect won by connecting the hills to the flatlands.
November 26, 2014

Fix What’s Broken But Don’t Lose Oakland’s Spirit

By the time that many people read this story, Oakland will have a newly elected mayor. If the polls ring true, she will likely be the familiar Jean Quan, reelected for a second term, or one of the mayor’s two front-running challengers, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan or Libby Schaff.
November 2, 2014

Crime and the Oakland Mayor's Race

At campaign events and on web pages, in brochures and door-to-door chats, Oakland’s 15 mayoral candidates are busy promising the number of police officers that they will deploy as the city’s leader. 700. 800. 900. More.
October 10, 2014

Group Hugs on the Oakland Campaign Trail

On a mild July evening outside the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club’s Oakland mayoral endorsement meeting, competing candidates Bryan Parker and Joe Tuman looked quite chummy together as they addressed a blogger’s video camera. They were discussing their exclusion from the progressive group’s gathering, where candidates make speeches to woo endorsement votes.
September 3, 2014

More Stadium Games in Oakland

While sports fans adjust to the seemingly inevitable flight of the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco, city officials and business leaders have redoubled their efforts to keep the A’s and the Raiders in town since we wrote about Oakland’s struggles to retain its pro sports teams. But it won’t be easy.
July 2, 2014

Domain Awareness Center Blues

Privacy advocates in Oakland scored a major victory in March when the City Council responded to months of community activism by limiting the scope of the Domain Awareness Center to the Port of Oakland.
May 1, 2014