Public Policy

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...
Chelsea Skorka, an activist with the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters, door-knocks in District 2 to raise awareness for Measure JJ. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

Committee to Protect Oakland Renters volunteers go door-to-door promoting Measure JJ

Last Saturday Committee to Protect Oakland Renters volunteers walked door-to-door asking residents to vote yes on a ballot measure called Measure JJ that would regulate Oakland rent increases and evictions.
Save the Plastic Bag Ban Campaign brought their inflated Turtle mascot on UC Berkeley campus to raise awareness about Prop 67 and the ban of single use plastic bags in California. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland business owners weigh in on potential to veto plastic bag ban

“I don’t care darling. I just serve my customers. Plastic or paper, I don’t care,” said Nikki Yi, the owner of the Fat Cat sandwich store on Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, while preparing a...
At the Berkeley College Republican recruiting table at the Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus Donald Trump's cut-out poster was damaged after a group of protesters ripped it. Here, a campus police officer is taking a photo for her report. Photo by Khaled Sayed

In blue California, Trump supporters focus on other states

The U.S. presidential election is less than two months away, but the campaigns of Republicans and Democrats in Oakland and California couldn’t be more different. According to the website Open Secrets, which tracks campaign contributions,...
Current situation of the street where 16 people lost their lives in the 1991 Oakland firestorm because a broken car blocked the route.

Oakland’s plan to prevent wildfires in Oakland Hills faces challenges

City of Oakland plans to reduce plants that can fuel fire and create a more accessible pathway for emergency vehicles, but there's opposition.