Public Policy

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,...
Abandoned storefront on Telegraph Ave.

Public health experts ask: Does your zip code affect your health more than your genetic code?

At their first meeting of the year, the Bay Area chapter of NFBPA hosted public health experts to help its members better understand the socio-economic roots of national health disparities.
Paula Beal's seven children have all moved out of Oakland as the city has become more unaffordable

As rents rise, tenants confront Oakland’s perfect housing storm

Median rents across Oakland are at an all-time high, pushing low-income families into motels or family members’ homes, pricing working-class households out of their neighborhoods and creating fierce competition for available housing at all income...
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...
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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...
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley (front) answers questions from the Board of Supervisors on October 13 about how her office plans to use cell-site simulators.

Alameda County becomes first in state to regulate cellphone surveillance tool

On Tuesday, Alameda County became the first county in California to implement new regulations on controversial spying devices used by police.
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...
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.
Map of the East Bay Municipal Utility District

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...
Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. Photo courtesy of Oakland's City Attorney's Office.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker named 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year

The California State Bar’s Public Law Section has named Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker the 2015 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year (PLOY). The award is named after retired the California Supreme Court...
Demonstrators in Downtown Oakland protesting "solitary  confinement" Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Protesters campaign against the use of solitary confinement in California prisons

East Bay residents are joining with demonstrators across the state to protest against what advocates call “solitary confinement” on the 23rd of each month. The first joint protest was on held in downtown Oakland on...
Tadios Belay at his office. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Horn of Africa Human Rights Network offers its community a hand

In the corner of the Ethiopian Community Center in Oakland sits a young lawyer, waiting for his clients to arrive. It’s past lunchtime, and the delicious aroma of Ethiopian food still lingers in the air....