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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.

Renters’ Fears Spiraling in Alameda

As rental advocates embark on bolder tactics to keep rents more affordable, city leaders respond with relief, but is it enough? Rent control may be the next big battle

Rent Hikes Hit Raw Nerves

Scuffle in council chambers typifies tensions in Alameda and elsewhere in the Bay Area regarding rental prices.

The Trespass, the Mayor and the Political Spat

The gulf between the mayor and her supporters and Alameda’s political establishment enter the arena of political appointments.

Alameda Mayor, City Council Earn Little

Elected civil servants in Alameda aren’t compensated handsomely for their service, which some fear may limit the pool for candidates.

Debate Continues on Alameda Body Camera Usage

Alameda is getting body cameras for the police department, but the policy governing usage is vaguer than some observers would like.

Do 'The Kevins' Know Something Other Politicians Don't Know?

Alameda numbers guys City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy and City Auditor Kevin Kearney have a lot to say about the city’s finances, but does it matter?

City Planner Andrew Thomas Urges Young Alamedas to Speak Up

One municipal employee wants the next generation to be informed so they can intelligently affect the planning process.

Loving the Laurel District

Dine at the Sequoia Diner and snack on Peter’s Kettle Corn; shop locally at Beast Oakland or browse Vista Madera’s horsey shelves; and explore the Laurel Art Garden or take a class at The Taoist Center.