Diversify your home-grown meals by swapping your own backyard produce for that of others. Food justice collective Phat Beets Produce hosts crop swaps the first Saturday of every month - including Saturday, April 2 - at their Farmers Market (970 Grace Ave., Oakland). Participants are urged to bring home-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, cuttings, or cultures to swap or barter. 10 a.m., free (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; outline what you'll bring). PhatBeetsProduce.org
After Oakland failed for a decade to protect the public and firefighters from hazardous materials, the state stripped the city of these duties. And now investigators are looking into illegal shipments of toxic waste and the misuse of public funds.
In the name of stopping child trafficking, Oakland has endorsed an initiative that further criminalizes adult prostitution — even though San Francisco rejected the same program over fears it would endanger sex workers.