Public Policy

Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...
A homeless man walks towards a tent in a encampment behind the Chinese Garden Park in Oakland on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Oakland and Alameda County officials try to jump-start solutions to homelessness

A new city-county collaboration has been put forward by Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, along with Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, in an effort to grapple with the East Bay’s increasing homelessness crisis.
A pile of items donated to victims of the San Pablo fire sits in a warehouse in West Oakland. Photo by Abner Hauge.

San Pablo Avenue fire victims struggle to get help

The residential building at 2551 San Pablo Avenue caught fire in the early-morning hours of March 27, killing four people and displacing more than 100. That day Strauss started a crowdfunding page to collect donations...
Assembly Bill 918, the “California Voting for All Act,” would let limited-English voters bring laminated facsimile ballots into the voting booth, granting them the same privacy as other voters. Illustration by Abner Hauge.

New bill aims to improve access for voters with limited English

A new California bill could give voters with limited English proficiency the right to vote privately, opposed to current state regulations. The bill resulted from a study by the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus.
Oakland resident spoke against city's demolishing a self-organized homeless encampment at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Tian Chenwei.

Council approves $300,000 salary for police chief, locals protest Promise Land closure

Tension between residents and city council grew at Tuesday night's meeting when councilmembers passed controversial resolutions including paying nearly $300,000 a year to city's new police chief and establishing cell-site simulator which can be used...
Rayetta Simon stood in front of her home--city's first temporarily sanctioned encampment in West Oakland.

City of Oakland approaches deadline to find housing for homeless living in encampment

Oakland’s six-month program to provide fundamental public services and housing resources at its first sanctioned homeless encampment is two-thirds complete. Yet with less than two months to go, the city is still left with lots...
Dr. Marsha Treadwell working on initiative.

Children’s Hospital Oakland staff use grant to tackle sickle cell disease

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital awarded grant for sickle cell initiative.
Marchers stream towards Frank Ogawa Plaza. Photo by Khaled Sayed.

Thousands turn out for Women’s March Oakland to support women, human rights

Despite the gloomy weather, tens of thousands gathered at Madison Park near downtown Oakland on Saturday to participate in one of the three branches of Women’s March Bay Area, a demonstration to support women and...
Protesters march along Broadway with signs. Photo by Rosa Furneaux.

As night falls, Oakland demonstrators begin another inauguration protest march

After a day of marches, public speeches and rallies, as night fell and the rain came down, demonstrators gathered once again in downtown Oakland to march in protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Earlier in the...
Demonstrator Yael Martinez holds a picket sign in front of Oakland City Hall, where a march is planned for noon. ”Its alarming this is where we are in 2017,” she said. Photo by Abner Hauge.

As Donald Trump takes office, inauguration protesters gather in Oakland

Demonstrators began gathering in Oakland early Friday morning to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Protests are planned throughout the nation and the Bay Area Friday and...