The ballot in Oakland voters’ hands this Tuesday has more than $20 million behind it in campaign financing, the majority of which surrounds the controversial Measure HH tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. According to data retrieved from the city’s election office and OpenDisclosure.io, a non-profit campaign funding website by California Civic Lab, funding for candidates and…

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Outside of Mi Carnal Market, Abdul Talev hangs a "Vote No" sign.

Thirty-five years ago, Abdul Talev’s grandfather opened a small grocery store in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Today, with the family business in his care, Talev is worried a new soda tax will cause him to lose business, or even worse, force him to close his doors.  The controversial tax Talev is referring to is…

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