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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...
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This week’s Top Reads (June 1 – 8)

First of all, thank you to all of you that voted for Hack the Hood and sent our message out to the hundreds of people it took for us to win last week. This really feels like a tight-knit family sometimes. A...
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Smart pivoting moved Oakland’s Fotonotes startup towards profitability

FotoNotes started as Fotobabble, a consumer app that lets you narrate your photos: lighter weight than video, but more interactive than photos. But as founder Kamal Shah and his team began marketing the app...
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Lake Merritt: The warm center of Oakland

With the sun out like this, Lake Merritt begins to exert a magnetic pull on the city. People head out on their lunch break to pick up stamps or allergy medicine and don’t notice they’ve taken themselves to...
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Top reads, May 10 – 25

It's been a pretty feel-good week at Oakland Local. We are off-the-walls excited to tell you that Hack the Hood, a nonprofit in the OL family, was selected as one of the ten finalists in the Google Bay Area...
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Can alternative local currency, Bay Bucks, reinvent money in Oakland? (Analysis)

On Saturday May 3rd, the 25th St. Collective hosted an arts and music bazaar featuring local artisans and entertainment. Almost no U.S. legal tender cash-money traded hands. The whole thing went down using...