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May 21, 2024

What’s Free and Who’s Fair?

Controversy over what constitutes “free and fair elections” continues at all levels of government, including locally. Richmond, which, like many cities in California, was threatened with litigation if it did not begin electing city council members by district rather than at-large, converted to that system in 2020. Richmond voters will...
Henry J Gets Ready to Play
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Apr 9, 2024

Henry J. Gets Ready to Play

The beautiful Beaux Arts building that opened on Oakland’s 10th Street in 1915 was originally called the Oakland Civic Auditorium. During its time under that name, it served as an infirmary during the 1918 flu epidemic, hosted...
‘The Carbonator’ Fights Wildfire Danger at East Bay Parks
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Apr 2, 2024

‘The Carbonator’ Fights Wildfire Danger at East Bay Parks

The East Bay Regional Park District may have found the wildfire-fighter equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator.” The most recent California drought is over. But it, and the bigger issue of ongoing climate change, left behind over 1,500 acres...
‘Richmond Renaissance’ Vision Ignited
Mar 26, 2024

‘Richmond Renaissance’ Vision Ignited

Imagine walking up Richmond’s Macdonald Avenue, from the RYSE Center to the Richmond Museum of History & Culture, and seeing “asphalt art”—open studios and galleries, maybe even a live theater performance in Civic Center Plaza. Long-disused buildings...
New Components in Housing Equation
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Mar 19, 2024

New Components in Housing Equation

When Bishop George Matthews of Oakland’s Genesis Worship Center talks about the 17 new units of transitional housing on church property, and the rehabbed house across the street now providing room for five more formerly incarcerated people,...
The Higher Cost of Rising Health Insurance
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Mar 5, 2024

The Higher Cost of Rising Health Insurance

This article was produced by Capital & Main and is copublished here with permission. Sign up for Capital & Main’s newsletter. For most California residents, and the vast majority of the state’s lower-income workers, the cost of health insurance has been running away...
Prepping for the Primary Election
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Feb 27, 2024

Prepping for the Primary Election

As the March 5 primary election approaches, many voters are just now considering their choices. Below is information about some of the most impactful races—nationally, statewide and locally. United States Senate With the death of longtime senator Dianne Feinstein,...
Mental Health Advocates Rate Prop 1 a Zero
Feb 20, 2024

Mental Health Advocates Rate Prop 1 a Zero

Julia Ford was in the third trimester of her pregnancy when she moved out of an abandoned school bus in Oakland and into the Healthy Babies Project transitional housing. The shelter came with a treatment program founded...
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