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Formerly incarcerated rebound into job market

For Carmen Garcia, the end of a prison sentence was the beginning of a new set of problems. “The biggest obstacle for me was continuing to stay in school, because the halfway house wanted me...
Photo by Brian Krans

An RV, needles, Narcan: Street-level services in an opioid epidemic

O’Neil is using the training device that comes with each set of Evizo auto-injectors, which deliver a potentially life-saving dose of naloxone, a drug that counteracts the effects of opioid drugs. This includes both prescription...
Cannabis plants used at Oaksterdam University to give students hands-on cultivation training. Oaksterdam is preparing to offer new classes to teach businesses and physicians about the new regulations. Photo by Nate Sheidlower.

Cannabis industry in limbo as California ends pot prohibition

With the passage of Proposition 64 on the November 8 ballot, and new statewide medical cannabis regulations about to be implemented, California state regulators get to spend the next 13 months establishing all the rules...
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to an audience about stopping a ban on menthol cigarettes at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s talk on banning menthols draws debate over policing, tobacco companies

Following a talk by Reverend Al Sharpton on banning menthols, a debate on policing and tobacco companies raises questions.
Latino students drove through the streets nearby Oakland Technical High School with El Salvadorian flags draped out of their windows. "We don't like Donald Trump. We are fighting for our dreams," said one student. Photo by Ryan Lindsay

Students across the East Bay stage protests in response to Trump electoral victory

On Wednesday, students at four East Bay high schools staged walkouts in protest of Donald Trump’s electoral victory, while #NotMyPresident trended on social media.
Damion Square, a local Black student leader, sports a black beret in salute to the Black Panther Party at the party's 50th anniversary rally in Oakland. Photo by Rachel Loyd

The Black Panther Party’s Ten-Point Program, 50 years later

The Black Panther Party (BPP) was founded on October 15, 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The party was a political organization that agitated for greater rights for Black people...
Data visualization by Margaret Katcher; Data source: Cal-Access, "Proposition 061 - State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.," accessed November 3, 2016

Digesting Proposition 61: regulating drug prices

Proposition 61, appearing on the ballot November 8, would prohibit the state of California from purchasing prescription drugs from a manufacturer for any price higher than that paid by the US Department of Veteran Affairs,...
Oakland resident Gene Hazard speaking during the public comments about the Police funding that will be used to purchase equipment for the Marine Enforcement Unit (MEU) of the police department, during Oakland Council meeting Nov 1. Photo by Khaled Sayed

City Council votes for resolution supporting Proposition 64

The Oakland City Council met on Tuesday night, the the last meeting before the November 8 election, and considered a resolution in support of Proposition 64, a state ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana...
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OpenDisclosure: Your guide to the 2016 Oakland campaign data

A group of volunteers from Open Oakland have built a website called OpenDisclosure.io in partnership with the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. The site allows voters to view information about campaign funding for local ballot measures...
From left, Dr. John Maa, secretary of the San Francisco Medical Society; Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland vice mayor; San Francisco Board of Supervisor member Malia Cohen; and Dr. Jared Fine, the former dental health administrator for the Alameda County Public Health Department, host a press conference Friday afternoon at the Oakland headquarters of the American Heart Association after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a cease and desist letter to the opposition of Measure HH. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Bernie Sanders wants out of “false” anti-soda tax ads

Beverage makers receive another cease and desist letter regarding advertising in their campaign against proposed soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco. The latest notice is from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Members of the East Bay Residents for Responsible Housing group hold signs during the public comments section of Tuesday's meeting.

McElhaney missing meetings as criticism intensifies over ethics complaint: “Where is your council president?”

At the Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday night, tensions flared as councilmembers discussed a June Alameda County civil grand jury report, which found that an Oakland city councilmember violated government ethics and conflict of...
Hotel Travelers, near Broadway and 11th street, is one of Oakland's few remaining residential hotels. It is planned to be converted into an upscale boutique hotel in the near future. (Photo by Tian Chenwei)

Oakland pushes for Ellis Act reform

Oakland city councilmembers are seeking a permanent protection for the city’s residential hotels, also known as Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels, by asking the state legislature to amend an over three-decade-old state law: the Ellis...