Here’s a snapshot of the top stories Oakland Local covered during the month of August–

New private patrols keep homes safe in Oakmore & Upper Dimond Oakmore resident organizes private security patrols for local neighborhoods

Oakulture: Chuy Gomez’ Message to Listeners, Spiritual Vibes at the New Parish, Oakland’s Southern Connection, Disco Volante’s Last DanceThe scoop on DJ Jesus “Chuy” Gomez’ sudden firing from KMEL

First Look: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland’s Piedmont NeighborhoodNewly-opened Homestead Restaurant is the perfect mix of high-quality, seasonal food with weeknight prices (all entrees are under $25).

Made in Oakland: How one city turned into an art and maker mecca : Find out–all about–the maker and art collective scene in Oakland.

Latham Square marks Oakland’s latest foray into pop-up public space: The Latham Square project, a public-private collaboration between the City of Oakland, the Downtown Oakland Association, and San Francisco-based art and design studio Rebar, draws its momentum from the growing popularity of pop-up urban space and pedestrian plazas in American cities and Uptown’s redevelopment

City Attorney wins victory against former “prostitution magnet” hotel: National Lodge at 1711 International Boulevard has been sold to a new owner who intends to develop office and retail space on the property.

Oakland Schools Teach Trafficking Prevention in Schools: The newest phase of OUSD’s outreach includes educating parents about the facts of child trafficking in Oakland and holding assemblies across the district to educate seventh graders about the issue.

Oakland Social: Classic Cars West, the beginning of a benevolent empire: Michael Sarcona is the guy behind Classic Cars West, a boutique vintage car dealership and art gallery in Uptown Oakland–this is his story.

Amid Cries Of ‘Shame,’ Oakland Approves Funding Citywide Surveillance Program(Analysis)During a July meeting,the Oakland City Council authorized funding for a large-scale citywide surveillance center backed by federal stimulus dollars.

See more top stories 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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