The top reads from last week make up a pretty accurate sampling of what Oakland Local is all about. We crack open local political hijinks and homeruns, keep tabs on Oakland’s appendages as far away as Sochi, open our platform up to community perspectives, delight in kitten-related current events and muse on the existential nature of city living. Let’s get specific:

If you are the single remaining person in town to read Danette Lambert’s Community Voices piece, 20 Ways to Not Be a Gentrifier in Oakland, then get on it and join the conversation! How do we promote positive, inclusive growth in a city shocked by an influx of wealth?

Max Gibson spreads some  Wine & Bowties love by letting  A Conversation with the Top Dog Guy take a spin on Oakland Local. His intimate portrait of a local unsung hero is the antidote to celebrity gossip and whatever else they’re peddling on the internet. Hyper-local journalism doesn’t get much better than this.

Mitsu Fisher’s An Open Letter to Councilmember Schaaf about the Waterhouse Shooting has sparked an important debate about the role and responsibilities of private neighborhood security patrols. What’s your stance on the issue?

Though still in its fundraising stage, we’re pretty stoked about the prospects of Oakland’s Cat Town Café. If the number of reads is any indication it seems you all are as well.

Jon Leckie’s piece, A Taste of Oakland in Sochi, follows the journey of Oakland-sourced food to the Olympics. This is how Oakland, along with a small Russian town, prepares to feed an invasion of hundreds of thousands of internationals.

Lastly, Jon Leckie gives props where props are due. Find out what Jennifer LaBarre is doing to boost Oakland’s School Lunch program.

You guys, your ideas, your work and all of your newsworthiness sure do keep us busy!

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