Public Policy

Past cannabis convictions can be dismissed in Alameda County–by petition, says DA

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...
Construction begins at The Village

A village for the homeless

The City of Oakland approved a new experimental short-term housing solution, called The Village. After a year of negotiations, they've been granted land by the city, and are building houses for the homeless.
Dolores, a 69 year old woman, is one of hundreds of Oakland residents sleeping in Oakland streets due to the housing affordability crisis

Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency

Community members and city officials struggle to confront the the epidemic of hundreds of Oakland residents--most of them black, many of them elders--sleeping on the streets due to to skyrocketing rents and a lack of...

After two years, Oakland nearing goal for high school ethnic studies courses

Jason Muñiz stands in the door frame that separates his classroom from the bright hallway full of lockers, with his hands holding onto the frame behind him. He looks back and forth from the high...

Birthing inequities: Combatting racial disparities in the health of newborns

This article is part of “Birthing Inequity,” an Oakland North project on maternal and infant health disparities in Oakland. See the full multimedia report here. In 2003, while she was carrying her third child, Tanisha Fuller...

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.