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Our Backyard: It’s Past Time for Censure

The $4.3 million judgments against the city of Oakland and Desley Brooks were the last straw.

Preferred Information Sources

Alamedans stay informed by The Times, the Chron, Twitter, and NPR, but not much TV.

A Radical Clean Energy Pioneer

Activist Al Weinrub has pushed Alameda County to create its own green energy system —and he wants to make sure it generates local jobs, too.

Seniors Turning to Marijuana for Health

Local cannabis experts have noticed more interest in pot by baby boomers looking for health alternatives.

Too Many Rapes Dismissed

Three East Bay cities have some of the country’s highest rates of “unfounded” rape reports, raising questions about their investigations.

The Right to Read

Alameda County’s Write to Read program has surprising results for incarcerated male teens at Camp Sweeney.

Closing the Books

For a variety of reasons, Oakland schools have been shelving traditional textbooks in favor of other learning tools.

What’s Up With Retail?

Rent, online shopping, regulations, and a higher minimum wage reduce the brick-and-mortar presence.

Feeling the Squeeze

Restaurants face an increasingly tough landscape.

Choppy Seas for Boat Dwellers

A small live-aboard community in a picturesque setting in Richmond is facing huge rent hikes, while the harbor’s owners are looking at millions of dollars in upgrades.