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Talking to Geoffrey Peete is hearing Oakland’s history in microcosm

Geoffrey Peete is the kind of public figure who is easily shrouded in mythology. He’s been described as a power broker, kingmaker and city boss—lofty titles he chalks up to “urban legends.” Through...
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This Week’s Top Reads

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,...
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Oakland playwright Marcus Gardley premieres new play “The House That Will Not Stand”

Marcus Gardley is becoming a nationally-renowned playwright, but he calls himself Oakland born, bred and psychically-based. His new play, The House that Will Not Stand was commissioned by the Berkeley Rep and...
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This Week’s Top Reads

Happy President's day  to the remaining few of you who are employed by the kind of job that observes national holidays. The rest of you working on your lap tops in your neighborhood cafes, picking up an extra...
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OUSD announces plan to raze and reconstruct Glenview Elementary

In February of 2012, Oakland voters passed Measure J, an OUSD bond to finance the improvement of school facilities. At the end of last month, Principal Chelsea Toller of Glenview Elementary announced the...
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Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame inductees: Monica Anderson and Alba Witkin

  Monica Anderson said she was shocked to hear she was selected for the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame. “I believe everyone should have their own definition of success. I define my personal...
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Bowl’d BBQ Korean Stone Grill opens in Temescal

The latest addition to Oakland's Korean food scene comes from the family behind Bowl'd Korean Rice Bar, Spoon Korean Bistro and Ohgane Korean BBQ Restaurant. Bowl'd Stone Grill is co-owned by Chi Moon and...
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Top Reads from Oakland Local this week

We had one of those weeks at Oakland Local that forces us to reexamine and reaffirm our role as a hyper-local news and community platform. Right now, in real time, neighborhoods across Oakland are negotiating...
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A16 Rockridge launches Monday night Autostrada Dinner Series

Right now through March, A16 Rockridge will be featuring a Monday night supper they call the “Autostrada Dinner Series.” Each month will showcase a different prix fixe dinner menu inspired by the regions...
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Toward Collaborative Transparency: How open data can redefine government transparency

More difficult to achieve than concealment in government is effective transparency. It is in the nature of infinite civic documents, agreements and relations to hide in plain sight. Our Public Ethics...