Oakland in the house at Obama “My Brother’s Keeper” kickoff

Oakland leaders and non-profits were well-represented when President Obama and the White House launched the My Brother's Keeper program this week, a national effort-- in collaboration with many civic groups...
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Levi’s 2014 skateboarding campaign set in Oakland–with Del the Funky Homosapien

Levi's is the latest brand to seek some Oakland cool to complement its marketing campaign. As reported in Fast Company, Levi's latest promotion for their newest line of skateboard gear is set in and around...
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Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement: Some photos

This weekend, Impact Hub Oakland kicked off with Oakland's first Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement (SWOBMA). Van Jones gave the keynote at Saturday’s evening reception and shared his vision for... Share

Oakland’s CBDs and BIDs, March 2014

Commercial areas in California can form Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) -- also called "Community Benefits Districts" (CBDs) -- to create a new tax assessment and pay for supplemental services that are...
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District southeast of Lake Merritt organizes to create neighborhood of their dreams (Community Voices)

January 29, 2014--This story was removed at the request of the author. Oakland Local is restoring this page so that comments can be seen. However, we ask that you respect the author's request to remove his...
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#Oakland Voices town hall urges FCC to support telecom equity, affordability

Oakland's Preservation Hall was packed with activists and engaged citizens from throughout the region when FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came to town to take part in a town hall focused on showcasing local media...
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Aunt Mary’s Cafe added gate to front of Telegraph Avenue restaurant, no more homeless sleepers

Aunt Mary's, the down-home and community-minded Temescal eatery that opens for breakfast around 8 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., was famous in the neighborhood for its commitment to providing an evening place to...
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The 6 Oakland Local stories from 2013 you want to make sure you read

It was quite the year at Oakland Local. We dug into education coverage, focusing on the school system and local organizations that serve youth, on zoning and development downtown, on the tech boom, the food...
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#Googlebus protest– What does it say about Oakland’s future?

"You guys live fat as hogs with your free 24/7 buffets" On Friday, a group of protestors in West Oakland blocked a Google bus carrying workers that had stopped to pick up people at the West Oakland BART and...
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December 14 Brothers Code event will expose young men of color to tech in Oakland

If you know young African-American men who would benefit from learning about tech careers and writing code--as in PHP, Python, compiler language, Ruby on Rails, and all the many other languages deployed in...