Politics

A crowd gathers in downtown Oakland to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown. Photo by Alex Kekauoha.

Oakland reacts to grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting with protests, freeway shutdown

A crowd of protesters filled downtown Oakland Monday night in reaction to the decision by a grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. By...
A screenshot of the Alameda County Registrar of Voter's map of the recent mayoral election in Oakland.

Registrar’s map gives nuanced glimpse into Oakland mayoral results

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters recently released a map that casts a new light on the recent mayoral race in Oakland, which suggests that the outcome was more complex than a simple winner and...
The North Oakland Restorative Justice Council met in a church hall on Racine Street to discuss  sentencing for young offenders.

What’s the alternative? Restorative justice group discusses getting youth out of the courts

In a meeting Monday night, community leaders from North Oakland met to discuss a pilot program that will tackle sentencing for young offenders. Alternative sentencing will divert offenders from the court system and a criminal...
Volunteers at the Lift Up Oakland campaign headquarters work to support Measure FF to increase the minimum wage. Photo by Alex Kekauouhah.

Voters say yes to boosting the minimum wage, higher sales tax and reclassifying some felonies

As election results rolled in after the polls closed last night, advocates for several major policy changes celebrated victories at the state, county and local levels, including a statewide initiative that reduced penalties for certain...