How’s everyone doing?  Enjoying the great weather or what?  This week, we’re looking at the most read stories of the month–which include 2 obits, a profile of a social justice leader, a number of pieces on gentrification, gun control and public safety, and a great and inspiring list of 50 things to do in Oakland this summer that pretty much everyone who reads it wants to take action on.

Here’s the most-read from; if you’ve missed some of them , you might want to catch up.

Gentrification? It’s complicated!  A reader’s essay draws readers–and lots of comments–A fixer-upper kind of town: comments on gentrification in Oakland (Community Voices)

A glorious burlesque dancer and community leader, gone too soon: Remembering Sparkly Devil (Obit)

Yes, this is that list everyone is sharing–Oakland Social: 50 great things to do in Oakland this summer

Queer, disabled, changemaker, leader, local: An Interview with Mia Mingus, Oakland Champion of Change, on transformative justice

David Glover was inspiring–and a teacher– to so many of us who want Oakland to thrive: OBIT: David Glover, OCCUR leader, long-time community catalyst

ICA’s Chris Mueller asks some important questions about jobs, crime and our city: What’s the best way to make Oakland safe? (Community Voices)

More than three weeks after it was first published, Pilar’s article is still  high on the list:An article about gentrification in Oakland that isn’t going to make you feel good about yourself (Community Voices)

Steven Tavares’ analysis is worth a read–and the comments are their own lively discussion: Oakland gun bill passes Assembly (Analysis)

More from Steven: East Bay Legislators Call For Stringent Gun Control Laws (Analysis)

BONUS: Oakland videos of the week

The first one is from SouthWest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine(big congrats to Visit Oakland and Savor Oakland Food Tours for this one) and is about the hidden Oakland we all should love:

Also, peep at this excellent video from filmmaker Jenny Chu and her students at the Media Education Alliance at KDOL on Oakland’s recent gang injunctions and their fallout in the community. The students ask: what comes next for law enforcement in our city?

We want more videos: Do you have a video made in or about Oakland you’d like to share? Send links to and we’ll post some of them here.


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About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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