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Author Archives: Darwin BondGraham
Before joining The Oaklandside as News Editor, Darwin BondGraham worked with The Appeal, where he was an investigative reporter covering police and prosecutorial misconduct. He has reported on gun violence for The Guardian, and was an enterprise reporter for the East Bay Express. BondGraham's work has also appeared with KQED, ProPublica and other leading national and local outlets. He holds a doctorate in sociology from UC Santa Barbara and was the co-recipient of the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017.
Timeline: How the Alameda County Registrar of Voters ran—and fumbled—the November election
Two months after Election Day, a school board race is still undecided. Lawsuits and a possible recount loom. The Oaklandside reconstructed how we got here.
Recount for real? County supervisor calls for an independent recount of Oakland’s ranked-choice elections
The possible recount comes after the Registrar of Voters disclosed that it made an error tallying ballots, possibly resulting in the wrong winner in a school board race.
A storm is expected to pummel the East Bay for the next 48 hours
A 10-day “Pineapple Express” is expected to cause flooding, debris flows, downed trees, and other hazards in Oakland.
Was 2022 the year Oakland got serious about making its roads safer?
The Oaklandside’s Jose Fermoso talks about the big stories in road safety and transportation in 2022.
Alameda County Registrar miscounted Oakland ballots for 2022 election
The OUSD District 4 race was “affected” by an “issue,” according to the registrar’s office.
Global Oakland: a year of reporting on immigrants, small business, and lots more
The Oaklandside’s Ricky Rodas reflects on a year of local stories that made big connections to world events.
Oakland’s housing and homelessness programs faced scrutiny in 2022
Reporter Natalie Orenstein spoke about the past year of news on her beat, from rent caps to encampment sweeps.
Hills and flatlands: 2022’s Oakland mayoral election revealed a familiar old divide
Election maps show hills residents, who tend to be more affluent and white, supported Loren Taylor, while Sheng Thao drew support from the more diverse and lower-income flatlands.
Masks are required again in Oakland city buildings
Masking is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID and other respiratory viruses.
Update: No recount for Oakland mayor’s race
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters said no one stepped forward Friday to pay the $21,000 needed to commence a recount.
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan faces $19,000 ethics fine
Kaplan allegedly failed to disclose her ownership of a Jack London District condo next to a park she voted to expand.
Oakland plans to honor legendary rapper Too $hort with renamed street
A span of Foothill Boulevard will be renamed Too $hort Way next week.
How well did ranked-choice voting work in the 2022 Oakland mayor’s race?
Loren Taylor shaded the system after his loss. We asked an Oakland-based national elections expert to weigh in.
Loren Taylor won’t seek a recount in Oakland mayor’s race but said others might
In his concession speech, Taylor criticized the ranked-choice voting system.
Sheng Thao’s path to victory in the Oakland mayor’s race
Allyssa Victory almost didn’t end up on the ballot, but her campaign’s supporters propelled Thao to victory in the ranked-choice runoff.
Sheng Thao tops Loren Taylor in Oakland mayor’s race
Thao will be Oakland’s next mayor, according to the final results posted by election officials Monday.
Sheng Thao narrowly leads Oakland mayor’s race after ballot count completed
Thao topped Taylor by 680 votes after election officials completed counting ballots on Friday evening.
Why does it take so long to count votes in Alameda County?
When will we know who won the Oakland mayor’s race? What does “100% reported” mean? And more ballot questions answered.
Loren Taylor still leads, but Oakland mayor’s race tightens
Sheng Thao has gained ground, with thousands of ballots left to count.