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Kapor Center establishes Oakland as the epicenter of tech for social justice

There's something happening on Craigslist that some people might find disturbing: landlords are listing spots in North and West Oakland as being located in "the new tech area." But while tech has been...
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The only person qualified to make a one-man show about criminal justice in Oakland is Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira wants to take his show, Cops and Robbers, to Ferguson. Like that town this week, his show centers on an officer-involved murder. But some people in Ferguson might not want to...
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Oaktown Jazz Workshops pumps lifeblood into the Bay Area jazz world

Jazz began as a desperate and dangerous cry from the urban underbelly. Today it is an after-school-sanctioned, common-app-adorning extracurricular activity. Ravi Abcarian, musician and director of The Oaktown...
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Oakland Local’s top reads 7/20-7/30

The writers at OL have been hit hard by the summer and can now only write the most heart-affirming and/or fluffy and/or fuzzy Oakland stories. You as readers seem to be on the same wavelength about that. All...
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Oakland Local’s top reads, July 8 – 13

If you need a break from the heavy, difficult news we often have to confront as Oakland residents, you've got one. This week's top reads were decidedly of whimsical persuasion. Our highlights include this...
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Oakland Local’s top reads, 7/1 – 7/9

The following top reads from the past week at Oakland Local and Live Work Oakland make up a poignant portrait of a city undergoing transformation. Nothing has been left untouched by the demographic swelling...
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Oakland’s top reads (June 7 – 29)

Well, it's certainly summer in this city of ours, this white-stuccoed, Deco-studded, Oak-fortified, nasturtium-overrun, gate-unlatched, hair-undone, mother-tongued, hot-linked, double-Dutched, pinky-sworn,...
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Photo gallery: Villain-thropy at Children’s Fairyland

The most fun time ever had at Children's Fairyland may not have been your seven-year-old birthday party, or any other party thrown there by someone between the ages of five and eleven. The best party hosted...
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Berkeley mayor suggests regional minimum wage plan to Oakland, East Bay leaders

Campaigns by fast food workers, Walmart employees and unions appear to be having an effect, as cities across the country scramble to raise local minimum wages. Seattle just jumped out front, with a $15.00...
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Oakland minimum wage ballot measure forges ahead

Polling shows that Oakland voters will likely approve an increase minimum wage to $12.25 per hour as of March 1, 2015, with annual increases pegged to cost of living. The Lift Up coalition submitted enough...