If approved by Gov. Newsom, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco could operate supervised facilities where addiction treatment and health resources are also available.
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.
Oakland violence prevention efforts get boost from $6 million state grant
City and state leaders say the funds will be focused on reducing shootings through proven interventions.
West Oakland fire spews smoke over the East Bay
Residents of the Wood Street homeless camp evacuated Monday morning after a large fire engulfed vehicles and a small bridge.
Bay commission votes to advance A’s Howard Terminal ballpark plan
The BCDC decided Oakland’s Howard Terminal isn’t crucial to the future of the region’s seaports.
The red-tailed hawks keeping watch over Highland Hospital
The regal couple raised a nest of chicks at Oakland’s public hospital this spring, delighting staff and patients.
East Bay voters showed an appetite for criminal justice reform
Despite a high-profile loss in San Francisco, progressive candidates for district attorney and sheriff gained ground in other parts of the state.
Alameda County Supervisor election results: Rebecca Kaplan leads in D3 race
So far, Kaplan is picking up the most votes in Oakland and San Leandro, while Lena Tam is doing well in her hometown of Alameda.
Who’s backing candidates for sheriff, district attorney, and other races?
With four days until Alameda County’s June 7 primary election, we followed the money.
Oakland police officer retired before he could be disciplined for baton attack
OPD found the lieutenant used excessive force and was dishonest, but his attorney claims the department was cynically juking disciplinary stats.
Ballot measure would maintain millions in Oakland library funding for 30 years
Measure C would extend a parcel tax that currently provides the city’s library system with $18 million annually, or 40% of its budget.
Oakland police closer than ever to exiting federal oversight
A federal judge said Wednesday that if OPD can sustain policing reforms for a 1-year period, it could soon regain independence.
On June 7, there’s an important election. Here’s what Oakland voters need to know
What’s on the ballot, how to register and vote, info on candidates for local offices, and much more.
After an uptick in shootings, someone installed DIY surveillance cameras on Lakeshore Avenue
The city doesn’t know who installed the illegal cameras—and it turns out they were only pretending to record.
Half the money in Oakland’s elections comes from outside the city. ‘Democracy dollars’ could change that
Under a proposed ballot measure, every Oakland voter would get $100 to contribute to candidates for mayor, City Council, and more.
Oakland’s privacy commission wants to ensure sexual assault survivors’ DNA isn’t misused
OPD says it never followed San Francisco’s controversial practice of using DNA to ID survivors as criminal suspects. A new policy may ensure it never does.
No criminal charges for officers who killed Erik Salgado in 2020
The district attorney’s report highlights a lack of video evidence. Attorneys for Salgado’s family question why the report took so long to come out.
Oakland’s last police chief will probably have her day in court
Anne Kirkpatrick says she was fired for whistleblowing. City officials say she took OPD backwards. A jury trial is likely.
Oakland Police Commission fires lead investigator
John Alden led the Community Police Review Agency for nearly 3 years. The commission declined to say why he was dismissed.
West Oakland environmental group sues to stop proposed port gravel facility
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project says the port hasn’t gone far enough to prevent more air pollution.
New Oakland police body cameras turn on automatically when officers draw their guns
The City Council increased the $8.1 million camera contract by $250,000 to include other auto-activation features.