Oakland votes on contested budget

Keith Burbank reports on the Oakland City Council's controversial budget vote.“The budget passed today by the Oakland City Council makes bold investments to reimagine public safety through violence prevention and non-police strategies that I strongly support,” Mayor Schaaf said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it also cuts 50 police officers who respond to Oaklanders’ 911 calls and enforce traffic safety.”

Oakland’s Poet Laureate

Keith Burbank and D. Scot Miller report on Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele Nzinga, founding producer and director of the West Oakland theater company Lower Bottom Playaz, established in 1999.

Pandemic Tourism

Eli Walsh reports on California's 'Golden State Getaways' where vaccinated Californians are eligible for much-needed free vacations. In addition to multi-night hotel stays and dining and entertainment options, each vacation package also comes with a $2,000 cash prize that can be used for expenses during the vacation.

Class Act

Diana Lambert reports that currently California’s teacher candidates are required to take up to six tests to earn a credential, depending on what they plan to teach. New proposed legislation may remove a few of these road-blocks on the path towards working in a classroom.

Making Progress

Eli Walsh breaks down the latest inroads and set-backs in California's fight against the virus. There's both hope and caution in what he found.

San Jose’s VTA Killer Carried Three Semi-Automatic Handguns and...

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives said transit worker Samuel Cassidy was armed with...

East Bay Express Wins California Journalism Award

Considered the state’s leading journalism contest, the CJA’s called D. Scot Miller and Steven Tavares' 'Dark Night of the Stole'"Very strong narrative writing and sophisticated analysis of events that went far beyond a simple recounting of the unrest to delve into what and who was behind it."

Bonta Bites Back

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said his office will investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting of Sean Monterrosa by a Vallejo police detective last year to determine if criminal charges will be filed in the case. “It’s past time Sean Monterrosa’s family, the community and the people of Vallejo get some answers,” Bonta said, "It’s time for that to change; it’s time for action.".

Jim Code

D. Scot Miller chops it up with Oakland's own W. Kamau Bell on his latest episode of CNN's 'United Shades of America" about Afrofuturism, STEM, algorithmic violence, Atlanta's booming tech sector, and how good it feels to be back in The Town.

Cal Survived COVID. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems.

The COVID-19 pandemic had thrown most fall and winter sports into the spring, erecting...

Military Gear Fear

Keith Burbank covers the concern of Berkeley citizens at the discovery of the Berkeley Police Department's resistance to transparency and oversight in their use of military-grade gear on their civilian population.

California Man Dies After Officers Pin Him to Ground...

Body camera footage was released Tuesday of a 26-year-old man who died in police...

Botanical Garden Reopens

UC Botanical Garden showcases Southern African ‘super bloom’ The University of California Botanical Garden at...

Chauvin Verdict Reverberates Across California

On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of murdering George...
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