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  • On September 19 (Parking Day), Oakland announced issued a Notice of Parklet Opportunity (NPO). This marked the opening of the second round of Oakland’s Parklet Pilot Program. In September 2011, the city began its first pilot to allow parklets on city streets. A parklet is temporary public space that replaces one or two parking spots […]

  • Each year Oakland’s Eat Real Festival brings together the Bay Area’s best mobile food vendors, chefs, brewers and artisans in Jack London Square for a weekend of ridiculous overindulgence. In reality, the selection is far too vast to ever hope to conquer completely, but what’s the point of life if you can’t at least try […]

  • From Texas to Kansas City, from dry-rubbed to sauce-laden, there are multiple barbeque traditions, each claiming to be the best. Texans eschew sauce; Saint Louisans love their sweet sauce. Some regions rely on pork while others lean heavily on beef or poultry. In Oakland, you’ll find different styles of meat, sauce and seasoning all at […]

  • From October 23 to 26, Oakland will host the Living the New Economy Convergence, an event for learning, sharing, collaborating and designing the New Economy. The event is a hybrid of several familiar types of conferences, taking the best elements from hackathons, panel discussions, festivals and networking events to create something new: an opportunity to […]

  • After years of reform, some things are improving at Oakland Unified School District. More kids are graduating and fewer are dropping out, with the graduation rate rising to 66.8 percent for June 2013, according to data released last week. Suspensions are down by a third since 2012 and enrollment held steady this year from last […]

  • Beginning in late October and running through January, the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a hip hop workshop series for marginalized young men of East and West Oakland’s neighborhoods. In partnership with Oakland nonprofit Beats Rhymes and Life Academy (BRL), these workshops are therapy-based, centering around team building, […]

  • For the third year, a dozen schools and community-based organizations have come together to create a platform for honoring the exceptional businesses and mentors that go out of their way to offer Oakland youth career exploration opportunities. If you know businesses or mentors who have done extraordinary jobs in the advancement of Oakland youth, please nominate them for the […]

  • “Comida Mobile” looks at the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Miguel Montiel grew up supporting his family’s fruit cup stand. Now helping manage the business, he remains grateful for his parents as he pursues higher education. View part one here and part two here. To learn more about Oakland Local’s […]

  • This week, we have lots of traditional events. They’ve either been around for decades or are just starting out: 25th anniversary, a couple of 2nd annuals, decades-old annual, 3rd annual, first-ever, 1st annual, and of course, the ancient annual Autumnal Equinox. We do know how to make our own traditions around the things that are […]

  • Last Thursday, I sat down with local hip hop artist Trackademicks at Farley’s East to talk before his upcoming set at the Oakland Music Festival on September 27. Alameda-born and Oakland-based, Tracks is deeply entrenched in the Bay Area hip hop world. As a teenager, Trackademicks became involved with Youth Radio, a youth training program previously in […]

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  • After years of reform, some things are improving at Oakland Unified School District. More kids are graduating and fewer are dropping out, with the graduation rate rising to 66.8 percent for June 2013, according to data released last week....

  • Beginning in late October and running through January, the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a hip hop workshop series for marginalized young men of East and West Oakland’s neighborhoods. In partnership with...

  • For the third year, a dozen schools and community-based organizations have come together to create a platform for honoring the exceptional businesses and mentors that go out of their way to offer Oakland youth career exploration opportunities. If you know businesses or...

  • This week, we have lots of traditional events. They’ve either been around for decades or are just starting out: 25th anniversary, a couple of 2nd annuals, decades-old annual, 3rd annual, first-ever, 1st annual, and of course, the ancient annual...

  • As 310,000 marchers wound their way through the streets of New York City at the People’s Climate March, the biggest environmental march in history, Oakland rallied in solidarity. Several thousand people gathered at Lake Merritt to walk and share ideas...

  • There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a fabulous week! You’re probably supporting something...

  • No, that headline isn’t a mistake. “Boogers, Books and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” is the official title of a session at one of the few conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. The session will take...

  • 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...

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