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Wednesday’s Briefing: Oakland to Require Public Approval of Surveillance Tools

Plus, Oakland to use soda tax revenue to buy new hydration stations in schools.

Nosh Box: On a Roll in May

We begin May’s celebrations with May Day, a holiday with an international following, but not much domestically. So don’t be looking for a May Day song, dance, libation, food—or a day off work. Moving on, usually in the same week, up pops Cinco de Mayo festivities. In Mexico this holiday is primarily historical, celebrating the military victory over the powerful army of the French. In the United States, we use the date to celebrate all of Mexican culture. According to National Public Radio’s Dan Pashman, “Cinco de Mayo, which has followed a similar path as St. Patrick's Day: Started by activists to celebrate Mexican culture; embraced by people just looking for a good time.”

Tuesday’s Briefing: Gas Tax Repeal May Be Headed to Ballot

Plus, a new redwoods park is slated to open in the Bay Area next spring.

Celebrate Art, Music, and Dance in May

The inaugural Oakland Art Month hosts visual and performing arts events all month long throughout The Town.

Monday’s Briefing: Judge Said Desley Brooks Lied Under Oath

Plus, videos show officers knew about dangerous conditions inside Ghost Ship.

Chop Bar Celebrates Cinco de Mayo for 4 Days

Festivities include the roasting of a whole goat.

East Brother Beer Launches New Series

Three new programs showcase diverse international brewing styles.

Berkeley to Have First-Ever Gravity Fest

The street fair will feature crafts, music, food, and beer.

It's Party Time (X 2) at 21st Amendment

The San Leandro taproom will host a Cinco de Mayo soirée and a Watermelon Funk release fest.

Does Alameda Need a Strong Mayor?

The city’s weak-mayor form of government has been raising questions about who is really in charge in City Hall.