News stories that East Bay progressives and environmentalists shouldn’t miss:
1. Oakland had the most robberies per capita in the nation in 2011, the Trib reports, citing its own analysis of FBI crime data. The number of robberies in Oakland has more than doubled in the past decade and the epidemic is being spurred by the bustling black market for stolen cellphones. The Oakland Police Department also has been unable to solve robbery cases — solving less than 10 percent of them — thereby allowing thieves to commit more crimes.