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Oakland Magazine

The Door to Narnia

Two naturalists promote the exceptional fauna of Lake Merritt, Oakland’s heart.
November 7, 2016

Big Soda's Campaign of Deception

Readers sound off on Measure HH, housing, and San Leandro.
October 31, 2016

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.
October 27, 2016

Oakland Steers Away From Cars

Two recent decisions could help encourage smart growth, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the cost of housing.
October 26, 2016

It’s All About That Belt

Oakland barber Tyrone Burns is on a mission to rid the city of sagging pants.
October 12, 2016

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.
October 3, 2016

Not All of the San Joaquin Valley Is the Same

Readers may not like our sense of geography, but they love our dedication.
October 3, 2016

Oakland's Costly Campaign

This year’s election could turn out to be the most expensive in city history—thanks to four high-profile ballot measures.
September 26, 2016

Our Backyard: California's Police Secrecy Laws Need Reform

California laws shielding the identity of troublesome cops are among the nation’s strictest. That’s bad for all involved.
September 22, 2016

A Watchdog With Teeth

Oakland’s newly strengthened Public Ethics Commission now looks to be one of the toughest in the state. But it’s facing a big test this fall.
September 14, 2016