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Blight for Profit

The number of street-corner donation boxes owned by companies that engage in shady practices has risen quickly in Oakland, and critics say they've become a magnet for illegal dumping.

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SEVEN DAYS

A Rough Time for Quan

The mayor has suffered several setbacks in the last few weeks, and if the trend continues, her chances of reelection look dim.

NEWS

Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

A new much-publicized report on displacement in Oakland and San Francisco also provides a roadmap for how to stop things from getting worse.

OPINION

Oyster Company's Appeal Is a Sham

The company’s petition to the US Supreme Court to keep operating in Point Reyes National Seashore is full of false statements and exaggerations.

ECO WATCH

An Environmental Use for Drones

Last week, environmentalists, scientists, and techies teamed up to explore using aerial drones to collect ecological data that can otherwise be difficult to obtain.

LETTERS

Letters for the Week of April 16

Readers sound off on Berkeley's Peer Assistance and Review program, Neill Sullivan's investments in Oakland, and free music.

CORRECTIONS

Corrections for the Week of April 16

The number of affordable housing units that the Center for Investigative Reporting attributed to Richmond Village. Plus, clarifications on Thomas Steyer's investment in Neill Sullivan's REO Homes fund and Berkeley's parking plan.

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FEATURE

Our Kind of Sex

Oakland has become the epicenter of a movement to create a more realistic portrayal of queer- and female-centric sex.

NEWS

Richmond Rethinks Hasty Decision About Troubled Housing Complex

After rushing to adopt a plan that was prompted by a series of controversial news stories, the city council decided to not immediately evacuate the Hacienda apartment complex.

NEWS

Safeway Buyout May Impact Its Oakland Projects

With a private equity firm taking over the East Bay grocery chain, its development plans in North Oakland face new questions and uncertainty.

SEVEN DAYS

Berkeley Goes There With Parking

The city is moving forward with a proposal to extend parking meter hours to 8 p.m. in order to free up more spots for patrons of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.

LEGALIZATION NATION

Pot-Related Speech Still Being Muzzled

CBS yanked WeedMaps' Times Square billboard and Google, Facebook, Yahoo are still banning dispensary listings — because free speech still doesn't apply to legal weed.

LETTERS

Letters for the Week of April 9

One PacificCoast Bank responds and readers sound off on Walgreens in Berkeley and OPD targeting black residents.

CORRECTIONS

Corrections for the Week of April 9

The footage in Black Hole Cinematheque's program "Adventures Close to Home."

FEATURE

Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

The school district disproportionately disciplines black teachers and older educators with higher salaries. Are students paying the price?

NEWS

Neill Sullivan's Oakland

In half a decade, the San Francisco-based investor has become one of the largest landlords in the Town, fueling the debate over gentrification and displacement.

NEWS

Can Oakland Afford Affordable Housing?

The mayor wants to make one-quarter of the units in her 10K housing plan affordable. But advocates say Oakland needs to adopt new funding and tenant-protections laws.

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Most Popular Stories

  • A Rough Time for Quan

    The mayor has suffered several setbacks in the last few weeks, and if the trend continues, her chances of reelection look dim.
  • Why Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

    A new much-publicized report on displacement in Oakland and San Francisco also provides a roadmap for how to stop things from getting worse.
  • Blight for Profit

    The number of street-corner donation boxes owned by companies that engage in shady practices has risen quickly in Oakland, and critics say they've become a magnet for illegal dumping.
  • Letters for the Week of April 16

    Readers sound off on Berkeley's Peer Assistance and Review program, Neill Sullivan's investments in Oakland, and free music.
  • An Environmental Use for Drones

    Last week, environmentalists, scientists, and techies teamed up to explore using aerial drones to collect ecological data that can otherwise be difficult to obtain.

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Sustainable Living 2014

Everything you need to know about energy efficiency, recycling, sustainable farming, organic pot, and more.

Taste, Spring 2014

Everything you need to know about dining in and out in the East Bay.

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