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Oakland Magazine

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

Our Backyard: Solid Reform

Although not perfect, the measure to create a strong civilian police commission in Oakland represents a significant step forward.
September 7, 2016

Our Backyard: A Boost for Housing

Oakland’s new housing impact fee plan hasn’t hurt housing development. It’s helped it.
July 6, 2016

Collector Arnie Gordon Remembers Oakland Through Ashtrays

He pays tribute to the heady days of Oakland nightlife, which were on par and perhaps even dwarfed the current renaissance in Uptown, in an awe-inspiring ashtray collection.
June 27, 2016

Our Backyard: The Oakland City Council Needs Reform

Key city council votes effectively take place in private because they occur late at night, after residents have gone home.
June 16, 2016

Berkeley Flea Market Future in Doubt

Gentrification, a lack of housing, and fewer customers play into the future of the longtime Ashby BART outdoor bazaar.
May 17, 2016

Kiva Oakland and Others Partner to Make Small Business Loans

The microfinance company, the city, the Oakland Business Center, Capitol One, and the Miller Foundation up their efforts to make 0 percent interest loans for small business entrepreneurs.
May 10, 2016

Supervisor Nate Miley Faces a Credible Candidate

Bryan Parker challenges the incumbent who is running on his track record—one Parker finds lacking.
May 5, 2016