The East Bay's Tow Hustle

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The East Bay's Tow Hustle

Towing companies are taking cars illegally, and it's costing people. One of the worst offenders is PPI Towing of Oakland.

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Towing for Dollars in Alameda

Since 2013, more than 1,400 vehicles have been towed from one West End apartment complex by one company: PPI Towing.

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'What Does the Apocalypse Smell Like?'

As we move into an uncertain, potentially dystopian future, Lindsay Tunkl uses performance art to explore death and the end of the world.

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Cashing in on Education

California’s school bond system is dominated by well-funded private interests and plagued by a lack of oversight.

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Policing in the Shadows

Over the years, the UC Berkeley Police Department has escaped scrutiny, despite evidence of racial profiling, biased policing, and a lack of oversight.

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SF’s Lava Mae Brings Showers, ‘Radical Hospitality’ to Oakland Homeless Encampments

The organization sets up at 27th Street and Northgate Avenue and at 6th and Castro streets.

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In Oakland's D4 School Board Race, the Debate Is All About Charter Schools

The two candidates vying for the seat are on opposing sides of OUSD's main education controversy.

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Courtney Ruby Wants Her Job Back

Amid shocking reports of abuse and chaos in the Oakland City Auditor's Office, incumbent Brenda Roberts' predecessor is seeking to reclaim her office.

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Shocking Emails Rock Alameda Schools Race

Emails from Anne McKereghan attacking the husband of the late Solana Henneberry upend the Alameda school board contest.

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The Knives Are Out in San Leandro

Not really. But in the normally cordial city, this year's political attacks are turning heads.

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In Emeryville, It's the Future Versus the Past

Two progressive council incumbents are seeking reelection against a former disgraced councilmember, while five candidates are running for school board.

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Peralta's Problems

Amid the college district's financial woes, longtime incumbents William Riley and Linda Handy are facing a challenge from reformers, Cyndi Reiss and Corean Todd.

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Wall Street Is Spending Tens of Millions Against Rent Control

Large corporate property owners are the biggest financiers in the campaign against Proposition 10.

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Our November 2018 Election Endorsement Cheat Sheet

A handy election guide.

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Role Reversals in the Oakland Mayor's Race

In the Oakland mayor's race, the normally staid Libby Schaaf has come out swinging, while one of her top challengers, the usually brash Cat Brooks, is acting more like a Fortune 500 CEO.

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Richmond at a Crossroads

The city is on the verge of an economic boom: Will Mayor Tom Butt, a longtime city official, lead it to prosperity, or will the Richmond Progressive Alliance take full control of City Hall?

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Island Gone Wild

This has been a crazy year in Alameda politics, and it's about to get crazier.

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A New Berkeley Council?

With two longtime councilmembers retiring and two vulnerable newcomers defending their seats, half of the city council could be gone next year.

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Taking Sides in Oakland Council District 2

Councilmember Abel Guillen has mediated development conflicts and budget battles, but his opponent Nikki Fortunato Bas believes the councilmember should be more of an advocate.

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Oakland Council District 4 Is a Wide-Open Contest

With the incumbent quitting, the race features seven candidates, including three who are running as a slate.

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No Punches Thrown in Oakland Council District 6

Opponents of Desley Brooks have yet to go on the offensive despite the incumbent's problems.

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A Guide to Oakland's Ballot Measures

Six measures on the November ballot include new taxes, tax breaks, changes to existing taxes, worker and tenant protections, and education funding.

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A Guide to Berkeley's Ballot Measures

Voters could expand rent control and approve millions of dollars for affordable housing and homeless services.

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The Fight Over Rent Control

Tenants are pushing to repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act, which strictly limits local rent control. But landlords are spending big to beat Prop. 10.

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