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  • Not surprisingly, this Earth Day week’s activities are dominated by greenness, outdoorsiness and satisfying our curiosity. We do like our social justice coupled with some awesomeness, don’t we, Oakland? We also like a cool soundtrack with everything–and we’ve got it this week, too! Enjoy! Friday, April 25 The 2014 Bay Area Resilient/Sustainable City Symposium 9 […]

  • Let’s be honest. What could be better than sampling half a dozen different kinds of dumplings for a good cause? Kearny Street Workshop’s Dumpling Wars II: The Hungry Games, where six courageous teams of amateur chefs entered the arena at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center… but only one survived… was a delicious delight. Competition was […]

  • Vinyl is back. The analog music format, supplanted by the digital technology of compact discs, and then MP3s, has been making an improbable comeback. In 2013, vinyl sales rose 32% as both CD and MP3 sales dropped significantly. Vinyl sales have been trending upward since 2008, yet last year’s sales numbers showed a significant spike […]

  • Life. Is. Good.  That has been my mantra for 2014 and I have to say I have not been disappointed.  I just attended the Many Faces, One Dream conference for Small LGBTQ business owners and I can tell you I am so inspired!  So much out there for those of us who own and run […]

  • “We really had to get very realistic,” said Deborah Barber. A board member of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment for the past five years and board chair for the past two months, Barber said, “We are out of options for keeping our doors open.” The nonprofit abruptly announced it was suspending all programs and placing […]

  • There is a sizable population of tech workers based in Oakland who would evidently rather commute one or two hours to South San Francisco or parts of  Silicon Valley for work, than call San Mateo, Mountain View or similar towns home. In talking to local tech folks who’ve made Oakland their base, one of the […]

  • By Chris Kavanagh How did the City of Oakland become a municipal exception or “outlier” when compared to every other major Bay Area city that operates a rent stabilization (rent control) ordinance? For 30 years, rent-controlled cities such as San Francisco, San Jose and Berkeley have maintained limits on the amount a rental property owner […]

  • By Councilmember McElhaney Growing up in California has many privileges – among these is the resilience and calm that comes from being in seismic territory. You learn at quite an early age not to panic just because the earth decides to move. According to EarthquakeTrack.com, Oakland has had 3 earthquakes greater than 1.5 in the […]

  •   Oakland Local has partnered with Paws & Claws to bring you $5 off their kennel-free grooming. Present this coupon before May 15th for $5 off your dog grooming services. Visit Paws & Claws at 3436 Dimond Ave. (off MacArthur), Oakland, CA 94602 .www.pawsnclawsoakland.com; 510-336-0105

  • By Sheila Dugan Technology has changed the way we do business, pursue education, and interact with everyone from our families to our doctors to our members of Congress. Yet, close to 1 in 5 U.S. residents remain isolated from our digital society because they lack access to the Internet and the skills necessary to use it effectively. According […]

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  • Not surprisingly, this Earth Day week’s activities are dominated by greenness, outdoorsiness and satisfying our curiosity. We do like our social justice coupled with some awesomeness, don’t we, Oakland? We also like a cool soundtrack with everything–and we’ve got...

  • Sunday is, of course, Easter. That means there are some Easter-y things to do this week. If you like decorating eggs, or even Easter hats, knock yourself out! If not, enjoy films, art and exhibit openings and receptions, music,...

  • For Oakland parents looking for nearby pre-school options, it was often a long effort and a required a lot of phone calls. Now a solution is at hand in the form of a map-driven website, EarlyOakland.org. Across all of...

  • 13th Avenue and East 25th Street just south of her alma mater, Oakland High, is where Gertrude Stein lived as a child before going on to write epoch-making modern literature and mentor Hemingway and Picasso. 4175 Broadway near the...

  • The board of the Oakland Unified School District announced it has nominated Antwan Wilson from the nationally recognized Denver Public Schools where he is assistant superintendent, as the new superintendent for Oakland. The Oakland Board of Education plans to vote...

  • By Shanthi Gonzales This week is National Library Week, a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country (including here in Oakland), which celebrates the contributions of the country’s libraries and librarians and to...

  • Who’s got the back of Oakland startups when it comes to funding? Well, a number of investors, from seed-stage angel investors to venture capitalists to social impact investors, have their eyes out for what’s happening in Oakland and nearby....

  • The choice of a new superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District might be decided by the end of April, if all goes according to plan. The OUSD board of education is meeting with finalist candidates this week after...

  • So much art this week, Oakland! Visual art gallery openings, music, maker events, culinary art, expression promoting community healing, fashion, films: you name it, we’ve got it. We’re hoping that even the meetings this week will be at least...

  • The Oakland Public Library (OPL) is celebrating National Poetry Month in April 2014 with an exciting building-wide display at the Main Library, 125 14th Street in downtown Oakland. Climbing the building’s stairs generate a new experience as poems are...

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