Public Policy

Healthcare experts break down how new birth control rules will affect Californians

Under the regulations issued by the Trump administration in early October, more employers, based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions, could choose to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Sherrie Lowe, right, cooks jambalaya from scratch for the first time while her daughter, Armajah Elliott watches. Lowe and her family recently participated in a study in which researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland delivered "food prescriptions" to the homes of prediabetic and diabetic children and their families.

Study allows families to try food as medicine

A new study from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland and All In Alameda researched the effects of providing "food prescriptions" to prediabetic children and their families.
Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, holds up the group's first publication from 1988. The organization, founded in 1987, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Pacific Institute celebrates 30 years of groundbreaking environmental research

Over the last 30 years, Pacific Institute has studied the effect climate change could have on the environment and promoted strategies to make more efficient use of water and pushed California officials to consider climate...

Bay Area residents create art protesting Trump’s travel ban

People from around the Bay Area gathered at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in downtown Oakland on Sunday to create art and signs protesting the Trump administration’s travel ban. “It’s a really discouraging...

Oaklanders voice opinion about new A’s stadium at Peralta College meeting

More than 100 community members attended a rare standing room-only meeting of the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday night. The unusually large crowd came out to share their opinions about the proposed...
Seventeen-year-old U.S. citizen Jennifer Bravo applauded the passage of SB 29, which would prevent the expansion of immigration detention centers. Her mother is currently incarcerated at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and may be deported to Mexico.

Governor signs bill slowing expansion of for-profit immigration detention facilities

A new law bars the expansion of for-profit immigration detention facilities in California, marking strong opposition to the Trump administration’s efforts to expand detention centers and ramp up deportations.
Teddie Moorehead, 40, places her hand on her daughter Che-Kwis Hernandez, 12, who spoke to a room full of East Oakland residents about her experiences as a witness to sex trafficking in her neighborhood. Photo by Lisa Hornak

Hundreds gather for first annual East Oakland Congress of Neighborhoods

Residents met to discuss issues facing East Oakland including human trafficking and the sex trade, education, affordable housing, illegal dumping, improving employment opportunities, gun violence, and getting justice for the immigrant and refugee communities.
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...