Environment

A squirrel accepts a walnut from a lofty palm tree perch.

Squirrel photographers showcase Oakland’s furry residents in new exhibit

Hella Damn Squirrels has been in full operation since 2013. The group only consists of two people, Hale and her boyfriend Toppano, partners in squirrel photography from the very beginning. They focus solely on the...
After a successful pilot in San Francisco, bike-sharing is coming to Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville and San Jose. (Photo courtesy Roshan Vyas, Flickr)

East Bay gears up for bike-sharing this fall

Hundreds of brightly colored bikes will appear in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville this fall, as bike-sharing rolls into the East Bay. San Francisco launched bike-sharing in 2013, when 350 blue-green bikes were placed in SoMa,...
Claremont Canyon eucalyptus

Will a controversial FEMA plan to cut eucalyptus reduce the danger of another hills firestorm?

In over 40 years working at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mike Martin, now Alameda County battalion chief, has never seen anything like October 20, 1991 in the hills east of Oakland...
This mural was painted in Richmond, by the Community Rejuvenation Project.

Searching for the middle: the disappearance of the black middle class

Earlier this month the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C. think tank, reported that the average white family today has net assets of $141,900, compared with the $11,000 for African American families. This hollowing...
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EBMUD changing its short-term financing for borrowing funds

In an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) unanimously passed a proposal to change their short-term financing in order to reduce long-term risk. EBMUD will be moving from...
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EBMUD planning past drought to “water fix”

The “water fix” is an evolving $15.5 billion Bay Delta conservation plan to stabilize water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The most expensive and controversial part involves building two huge tunnels, thirty miles...
The entrance to PG&E's San Francisco headquarters highlights solar energy in California.

PG&E and SolarCity team up for SunShot program competition

East Bay team includes the city of Livermore, Pacific Gas & Electric and SolarCity. Together, they must install at least ten megawatts of solar panels within 18 months.
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EBMUD: Drought Measures Working

While the East Bay Municipal Utility District is suffering the worst drought since its founding in 1923, its 1.3 million users face no danger of going dry anytime soon. That was the message from EBMUD...
A Waste Management collection truck during a daily pickup in Oakland, CA

Oakland council votes to roll back compost collection rates after restauranteurs protest

Oakland’s highly controversial composting collection rates have now dropped thanks to a city council vote Tuesday night to amend the $1 billion waste collection contract signed earlier this summer with Waste Management and California Waste...
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Oakland Zoo staffers join march against the ivory trade

Members of the organization March for Elephants, many of whom are Oakland Zoo staffers, and their supporters marched on Saturday to celebrate the law’s passing as well as protest the ongoing ivory trade in China....
Wednesday's climate vigil began as the sun was setting at Skyline Community Church.

Faith groups hold vigil after Pope Francis calls for climate action

In response to Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, an interfaith community gathered at Oakland's Skyline Church to support his call to action on climate change.