Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

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Fired Piedmont Custodian Seeks to Clear his Name

After filing grievances over a disciplinary incident that he believes was unfair, Ken Mockel was accused of far more serious charges that school attorneys later misrepresented.

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Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

Environmentalists call the new water diversion regulations "an extinction plan."

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Measure to Reform Oakland Police Commission in the Works

Charter amendment proposed by City Council President Rebecca Kaplan would make body more independent of mayor and city administrator.

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New Law Bans Smoking in Parks and Beaches — Except Where It Doesn't

Gov. Newsom does what his predecessor would not, and signs bill. But why was it amended at the last minute to include several loopholes?

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A's Might Have Perfect 2020 Vision

In what will be their most important offseason in decades, the A's are working to build a new Oakland ballpark and bolster a deep roster so young and talented it could make them baseball's Team of the Twenties.

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Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

Councilmembers hope to create a more dependable source of parks funding. But polling suggests that voters may no longer trust the city on taxes.

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Homeless Crackdown by Caltrans Sparks Dialogue in Berkeley

Weekly "cleanings" by transportation agency draw a comparison to whack-a-mole, causing the city to confront its encampment problem under scrutiny from critics.

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The New Face of Homelessness: Elderly and Disabled

The story of three brothers evicted from their family home show the difficulties this population faces in the East Bay.

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Can Berkeley Fix Its Police Oversight?

A member of Berkeley's Police Review Commission has resigned over the body's structural deficiencies. And a possible fix has been bogged down in negotiations with the police union for over a year.

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Oakland's Promise Kept or Not?

The city council president's questions about college scholarship initiative come as mayor's initiative undergoes an internal reorganization.

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Turning Around Lives, One Student at a Time

The new Oakland documentary The Pushouts profiles local gang-banger-turned sociologist Victor Rios.

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