Oakland’s police department was thrown into turmoil this week when Police Chief Howard Jordan unexpectedly stepped down, citing unspecified medical problems. Anthony Toribio, pictured here, was appointed as the acting Oakland police chief for just two days before he, too, resigned. Here he speaks at a press conference on a long-awaited report from the Bratton Group that harshly criticizes the department. Deputy Chief Sean Whent is the new acting chief, the third in three days. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

California’s fire season kicked off early after a particularly dry winter and spring. The North Bay experienced fires over the weekend, and in Southern California the Springs Fire in Ventura County could be seen from a street in Thousand Oaks. (Dan Rhodes/KQED)

On Tuesday night, UC Berkeley students turned out in force for a Berkeley City Council meeting to argue in favor of a student district map when the city adjusts council district boundaries to correct for population and demographic changes across the city. (Emilie Raguso/Berkeleyside)

Berkeley pot clubs
A group of prominent East Bay political leaders spoke out Wednesday against a federal attempt to close the Berkeley Patients Group, one of California’s oldest medical marijuana dispensaries. Mayor Tom Bates, several members of the Berkeley City Council and a representative of Congresswoman Barbara Lee defended the dispensary against a forfeiture lawsuit that was filed on May 2 by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

News Pix: Oakland’s 3 Police Chiefs in 3 Days; Berkeley Students Ask for Majority District; Fires Rage 25 April,2014Katrina Schwartz



Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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