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Night School: Oakland to Mission start-up says “We’re NOT the Google bus”

For those of us that either want to kick it late in San Francisco or have to work late there, it takes at least an hour or $50 bucks to get ourselves back home to Oakland. That's about to change. Beginning...
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Where to take great classes in Oakland this spring

In the spirit of springtime emergence and renewal and the kind of big bear-stretches that feel like the world calling forth to you from the very inside out, we're going on a life-improvement kick. We've...
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Top Reads (4/26-5/11)

There's a lot going on. Let's bring it in, shake it all off. It's Monday, we're taking the future by storm, seizing the day, etc. You can forget everything that happened over the past two weeks; the...
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Three Life Academy students land prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

This is your standard-issue, heartbreakingly inspiring story. This year, 1,000 students across the country were awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Three of them came from one tiny public school in...
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Oakland’s textile arts scene is a hotbed of creative innovators

It really is no wonder the contemporary textile arts scene, which is broadening its accessibility and appeal to amateur textile artists and sewn arts enthusiastists, has its home base in the Bay...
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Oakland’s Top Reads 4/21-4/27

Before we talk about political combat and daily strife, can we talk about how we are now a few weeks into spring bloom, and yet the new colors and smells against the same old pavement landscape are...
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OakTech: Why tech workers want to live in Oakland: it’s not just cheaper rent

There is a sizable population of tech workers based in Oakland who would evidently rather commute one or two hours to South San Francisco or parts of  Silicon Valley for work, than call San Mateo, Mountain...
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Top Reads April 7-14

Hello! Happy Monday! Happy Passover, if you do that, or almost-Easter, or maybe happy 'Blood Moon' Lunar eclipse tonight. Happy Tax Day Eve, if you prefer. Whatever you're celebrating. Last week saw the...
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City staffer Margot Prado has a vision for Oakland’s manufacturing industry

How Margot Prado makes time to be a West Javanese dance instructor on top of acting as Senior Economic Development Specialist for the city of Oakland, co-chairing the $5 million Bay Area Regional Prosperity...
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“Oakland Reconstructed” panels dig into development issues

Places like Impact Hub Oakland are shaping up as mobilizing grounds for Oakland's alter-gentrificationists: the people who don't want to see the city's development driven solely by profit motives. Michael...