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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?

From Ban to Butt

After local and state governments banned indoor smoking two decades ago, the Bay Area’s waterways became choked with cigarette butts.

Oakland Council Races Are About Personality Politics

The main challengers in two Oakland City Council races this year have no real differences with the incumbents, except for their relationships to Mayor Libby Schaaf. And the challengers in the other three contests are having difficulty gaining traction.

The Team Vs. Mr. Housing

Jesse Arreguín and Kriss Worthington are teaming up in Berkeley’s mayor’s race in a fight with fellow councilmember Laurie Capitelli over housing and growth.

Rent Control Is Dominating Alameda's Election

The two tenant protection measures on the November ballot promise to also shape the outcome of the city council race.

How Does Discrimination Affect People’s Health?

A UC Berkeley professor is studying the dynamics of how African-American women are affected by racism—and why socioeconomic status matters to health.