Alameda County Superior Court. Photo by Alicia Vargas.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to stop requiring female inmates to take pregnancy tests

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to stop requiring female inmates who are arrested and booked into Alameda County jails to take pregnancy tests. This agreement, reached on October 28, comes as an out-of-court...
Lieutenant Brandon Wehrly  addresses the Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee.

Oakland Public Safety Committee discusses how to spend its $1 million gun tracing budget

Department officials believe that, with more personnel and better equipment, they will be able to streamline their workflow and stay on top of which guns need to be traced.
Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent addresses the Oakland City Council.

Oakland City Council approves police purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles

The Oakland Police Department’s proposed purchase of shotguns and transfer vehicles were the most hotly contested items discussed at the concurrent Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Successor meeting Tuesday night. Other business included a...
Mayor Schaaf delivering her first State of the City address

Oakland residents respond to Mayor Schaaf’s State of the City address

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her first State of the City address on October 28th, outlining the four key issues she aims to address: improving community safety, providing equitable jobs and housing, creating a sustainable...
Brendon Woods, a public defender in Alameda County, spoke Oct. 15th in Oakland about the effectiveness of Prop. 47. Photo by Libby Leyden

One year after Proposition 47’s passage, is it working in the Bay Area?

As the one-year anniversary of Prop. 47’s passage approaches, many people working in the state’s legal system are evaluating its effectiveness.
At muralist Antonio Ramos's memorial site, residents send a message about gun violence in West Oakland.

Cops and community search for trust in Oakland’s most violent neighborhoods

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) was granted $1.875 million for creating and preserving 15 community-policing law enforcement jobs.
Data provided by Oakland Police Department.

High number of hit and runs in Oakland prompts new state funding

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, a government agency that provides grants to local and state public agencies for programs to help them enforce traffic laws, Oakland has consistently had the highest rate...
The corner of Peach Street and 92nd Ave, near where the fatal shooting of Jasvir Singh occurred. Photo by of Manjula Varghese and Gabriel Tolliver.

Neighbors express frustration, sadness after shooting of ice cream man in East Oakland

Oakland Police Department releases information about “wanted suspect” they are searching for in connection with the fatal shooting of Jasvir Singh, an East Oakland ice cream truck driver.
Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan teaches his first class at Merritt Community College's pre-academy program.

A new college class offers young Oaklanders and people of color a career path to law enforcement

Merritt's new law enforcement pre-academy program hopes to recruit students of color to the Oakland Police Force. In a department whose officers’ past use of force against minorities fueled generations of distrust, that can be...
Guillermo Ortiz leads mourners in a traditional Aztec ceremony.

Community mourns loss of Oakland artist, shot dead while painting a peace mural

Around 200 people gathered at a vigil Wednesday morning to honor the life of Antonio Ramos. Ramos, a West Oakland-based artist employed by the nonprofit Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC), was shot and killed Tuesday while...
Members of the Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition hold up a sign that says "End Long-term Solitary Confinement". Photo taken by Mahlia Posey

Prison rights activists upset over new welfare check procedures at Pelican Bay

On Wednesday, members of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS) spent hours rallying in the heat to protest the new welfare check procedures in security housing units (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison.