November 15, 2016

Vox Julia Belluz November 9, 2016 In a major blow to the beverage industry, all four cities that voted on soda taxes yesterday passed them in landslide victories. San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, voted in ballot measures that would levy a penny-per-ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks. The …

July 19, 2016

What do the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and an environmental justice movement in Benicia, California in 2016 have in common? Unfortunately, the answer is preemption. The modern use of preemption as a political strategy to undermine grassroots health and safety movements is typically dated to 1986, the …

June 8, 2016

NBC Bay Area June 7,2016 By Stephen Stock, Michael Bott and Jeremy Carroll A six-month NBC Bay Area investigation found a growing economic disparity between different areas of Oakland. It’s a gap that research scientists say is contributing to continuing violent crime in some parts of the city. While overall, the …

January 11, 2016

SFist January 6, 2016 By Jack Morse Following President Obama’s Tuesday press conference announcing new executive action on gun control, Oakland city officials moved yesterday to pass new laws of their own with the goal of reducing gun violence. The Oakland City Council unanimously passed the measures, reports CBS 5, …