Baia Pasta co-founder Dario Barbone serves sample of homemade mac and cheese to customers on Sunday, May 3 outside their shop in Jack London Square. Share

Kiva Zip loans fuels Oakland small business community

The City of Oakland and Mayor Libby Schaaf have big economic plans, but the one the mayor is quick to discuss is anything but “big,” unless you consider the potential impact on small, locally owned...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Iveywood Fernando “Rush” Santos has a passion for...
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Chalk artists perform at Fairyland this weekend (Community Voices)

I met the delightful Chalk Twins a couple of years ago at a convention in Orlando, and I vowed I’d figure out a way to get them to Oakland and to Children’s Fairyland. It took a while, but as I write this,...
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On The Virtue of Hooks: Talking Music with The Seshen

The Seshen members are like a big family. You know, the type of family you really, really like. It makes it easy to see why their music moves in such fluid dynamism, a feat considering the dual vocalists and a...
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Alameda’s “Smithsonian of Pinball” (Community Voices)

It could be argued that the modern pinball industry was launched in California in 1929, when a young Stanford engineering graduate named Harry Williams became one of the industry’s first game designers. To...
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22 young professionals hack and help the hood (Community Voices)

Last week a graduation ceremony here in Oakland celebrated the accomplishments of 22 young people from low-income backgrounds. All 22 had completed Hack the Hood’s six-week boot-camp program in computer...
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EBMUD urges us to conserve water this Summer (Community Voices)

By: Richard Harris, Manager of Water Conservation at East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)     California is in year four of the drought and this heightened emergency shows no end in sight....
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9th annual Oakland Indie Awards nominees are in!

May is here! May brings us within a month of the Oakland Indie Awards, a city tradition since 2007 that honors the businesses and people that make Oakland...Oakland. Nominees are competing in seven categories,...
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Water-saving tips from the Pacific Institute (Community Voices)

By Amanda Pebler, Communications Associate at the Pacific Institute California is facing its fourth year of severe drought conditions. This year’s snowpack broke record lows at a mere five percent of the...
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Vator Splash 2015: where new and old tech worlds collide

A lot of discussion has been made about two Americas — the America which has a clear path to success and other America whose path is paved with struggle — but there are also two tech scenes. The...