Public Policy

Housing expert Betsy Morris calls tiny houses the "kittens of the housing world" — irresistibly cute.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing

Making space for more people without forcing out existing residents is a key dilemma of the housing crisis, affecting cities across the Bay Area. While large apartment buildings can take years to go up, advocates...
Photo Courtesy of California Budget & Policy Center, by Steven Bliss. Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, stands with a sign of support for repeal of the Maximum Family Grant Rule.

Oakland reproductive rights nonprofit advocates for repeal of Maximum Family Grant Rule

Under the Maximum Family Grant Rule, if a woman has a baby ten months after becoming a CalWORKs recipient, she will not receive additional cash aid for the infant. Exceptions to the rule include pregnancies...
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations speaks at the Hack Housing event Wednesday at SPUR in Oakland.

Density is key to affordable housing in Oakland, say SPUR speakers

At the Hack Housing forum Wednesday evening, speakers argued for denser housing, impact fees on developers, and more development around BART stations in Oakland. At the forum, three housing experts and one entrepreneur pitched solutions...
Oakland youth take flight lessons. (Photo by Isara Krieger)

Oakland youth take flight

Every Saturday morning, kids of all ages gather in the sunlit second story of a West Oakland community building. The kids come to attend a lesson unusual for most youngsters, especially those from a low-income...
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...