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  • This weekend marks one of the quintessential Bay Area foodie events of the year as the 6th annual Eat Real Festival sets up in Jack London Square. With a diverse lineup of mobile food trucks, vendor booths, craft beverages and entertainment, Eat Real is a must for anyone that loves to eat, drink and celebrate […]

  • Lorena Ramos and Max Cadji want to introduce some legit Oakland culture into your diet, specifically raw pickled vegetables: fermented, sealed and sold by the Phat Beetz Youth Pickling Company (PBYPC). Just how legit? Like many of Oakland’s best businesses (see Oaklandish), PBYPC runs on a social enterprise model. Their primary business motivations are the creation […]

  • While many local restaurateurs have long allowed pooches on their patios, they’ll soon be able to do so without fear of being cited, thanks to a bill recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Beginning in January, it will be perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in […]

  • Along the sidewalks of Oakland’s Fruitvale district, street food vendors are busy every day selling traditional tamales, fresh fruit, corn chips and homemade ice cream. If you talk to them, you’ll learn they are also busy establishing citizenship, acquiring legal sellers’ permits, and expanding their businesses in pursuit of the American Dream. What started in […]

  • By Gino Pastori-Ng Oakland is internationally renowned for its creativity and innovation, and this legacy will continue to expand thanks to a collaborative program launching this fall. The Impact Youth HUB is the brainchild of Youth SEED, United Roots and Impact HUB Oakland. Based on the co-working space that Impact HUB Oakland has successfully launched at […]

  • The days get shorter and the politics get longer. November 4, with its weather and its elections, is knocking on the other side of October. California will be choosing a Governor and an Attorney General, all 53 of California’s congressional districts will be electing U.S. Representatives, and Oakland will decide its own political future in […]

  • He crossed the first base line, and immediately pointed out that the baseball diamonds at Bushrod Park are named after Billy Martin. He laughed and said, “It should have been named after Frank Robinson.” His rationale was that, although both gentlemen were professional athletes, and both did indeed play at Bushrod Park, Frank Robinson is […]

  • I was meeting with clients on 85th Avenue bordering International Boulevard, which consists of a series of warehouses, mixed-use spaces, and affordable housing projects that some consider the industrial parts of East Oakland. Coliseum City has the potential to be a monumental transformational project for Oakland for many reasons. Light Industry Helps Because the Area is Prime […]

  • Calling all Oakland independent musicians and music fans! Nominations for Mayhem 2014 are open! Mayhem, formerly called Oaktown Music Festival, is a music contest that was created to highlight the talent of independent musicians who call Oakland home, and to celebrate the thriving music scene in the town. Mayhem is in its second year, and is produced […]

  • This week features tons of things you’ll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and “makership” (if that’s a word). There’s Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate. We’ve got a multimedia, apparently cat-friendly, cat-celebrating event. That’s just a sampling of the unique stuff going on and […]

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  • By Gino Pastori-Ng Oakland is internationally renowned for its creativity and innovation, and this legacy will continue to expand thanks to a collaborative program launching this fall. The Impact Youth HUB is the brainchild of Youth SEED, United Roots and...

  • This week features tons of things you’ll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and “makership” (if that’s a word). There’s Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate. We’ve got a...

  • It starts early, when kids are beginning to make sense of themselves and their relationship to the world around them. As the most common type of childhood trauma today, abuse manifests itself in the lives of children typically through...

  • Paula Ambrose is the education program officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the communications director for Oakland Reads 2020. September Counts September is Attendance Awareness Month: a time when we shine a spotlight on the importance of kids attending...

  • Sure, you’d expect a bunch of art openings for First Friday, and you’d be right. There’s even more art action than that this week, though, and there’s plenty of bonus music, wicked interesting lectures and events, and all kinds...

  • High-speed Internet access, and computers to use it, have become as essential in education as textbooks. But many kids in Oakland don’t have access to high-speed connections at home, or sometimes even computers, which puts them at a huge disadvantage. As...

  • Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the infinite, unfixed...

  • My two right hands

    August 27th, 2014
    My two right hands

    Abby San Juan was barely 21 when she came to work for me in the cable-television industry, in 1985. She started as a part-time receptionist; now she’s a certified meeting professional. Seventeen years later, I changed careers, taking the...

  • Since he was 5 years old, Kevin Cruz has been taking things apart and putting them back together again, just to see how they work. At 15, he turned his focus to cars, and a few years later he...

  • On August 14, 2014, Oakland’s Hack The Hood celebrated the conclusion of a six-week summer program for 23 young people who all learned how to create websites for local businesses as a way to begin to train for tech...

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