Sheriff Debates Faith Leaders on Immigration, Urban Shield

Some want Gregory Ahern to limit Alameda County’s cooperation with ICE and scale back the contentious police-training program, but the sheriff says his critics don’t have all the facts.


Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

Volunteers, activists criticize OAS’ treatment of dogs, including an uptick in kill rates, but shelter administrators and partners deflect criticisms, say OAS is much improved.


Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

Burglary, immigration, gentrification — customers and the neighborhood step up to help the Korean eatery's owners after a string of tragic events.


East Bay Paratransit Bus System Leaves Drivers Broke and Riders Often Stranded

The crucial service is suffering from chronic driver turnover due to low wages and a lack of affordable health benefits, and now workers are considering a strike.


Court-Appointed Monitor Who Oversees Oakland Police Department Could Have Blocked Controversial Promotions — but He Didn’t.

Robert Warshaw has the power to demote high-ranking officers and even fire the police chief.


Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

The landlord denies this. But tenants rights’ groups say more and more property owners are turning down these subtenant applications in an effort to increase rents.


Telegraph Media Acquires the East Bay Express

Telegraph Media has invested in local journalism as it has grown.


Report: Berkeley Police Six-Times More Likely to Use Force Against Black People

New data released last week stokes debate about racial profiling in Berkeley, but chief won’t address whether officer bias is a problem.


Vast New Bay Area Bike-Share Program Is Everywhere ... Except Deep East Oakland

Bike advocates say that the system, which debuted this week with 120 planned stops in the East Bay, excludes low-income communities.


Oakland Police Hold Secret Ceremony Honoring Several Officers Accused of Mishandling Celeste Guap Sex-Crimes Investigation

Reporters and media banned from attending ceremony for first time in recent memory.


Environmentalists Protest As Gov. Jerry Brown Promotes Climate-Change Laws That Would Hurt Bay Area Ability to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

State Legislature likely to vote on contentious bills next week.


Berkeley Passes Ambitious Plan To Tackle Homelessness, Wants Ballot Measure in 2018 to Help Pay for It

City council's plan will create 100 new beds and permanent housing connections for homeless individuals.


Presiding Judge Blames Sheriff and City of Oakland for Decision to Move Arraignments to Dublin

The closure of Oakland's municipal jail in 2005 led to the loss of numerous beds for pre-trial detainees.


Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits

Despite a growing nonprofit sector, job training and social justice groups are in peril.


Oakland Police Chief Doubles-Down on Promoting the Cops Who Covered-Up the Celeste Guap Case

After today’s court hearing, Chief Anne Kirkpatrick says court monitor ‘very pleased’ by promotions.


Oakland Could Lose Control of Its Police Force After Next Week's Court Hearing

City leaders aren’t saying whether they’ll hold top OPD commanders accountable for burying internal investigations of a sex crime scandal.


The Last Straws? Several East Bay Governments Aim to Ban the Plastic Foodware.

Cities of Berkeley and Alameda working on different plans to curb use of plastics.


New Oakland Police Sexual Misconduct Case Leads to Discovery of Drugs Stashed in Locker

Lieutenant allegedly being investigated for losing cocaine, heroin more than decade ago.


Naming Names: These Officers Are Responsible for the Failed Oakland Police Sex Scandal Investigation

Using public records, we've identified most of the officers and top brass referred to in the Swanson-Barron report.


How Serious is the Wild Fire Threat in the Oakland Hills?

Residents concerned, frustrated after loss of funding for prevention and reports of shoddy work by inspectors.


Berkeley City Council to Consider Four Different Plans to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

Mayor's plan to address homelessness in Berkeley includes options for temporary relief as well as connections to permanent housing.


Oakland Police Commanders Who Buried Sex-Crime Scandal Investigation Were Later Promoted

Mayor Schaaf’s subsequent investigation of the mishandled case also fizzled and required federal court intervention.


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