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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Oakland Funds Affordable Housing

by Ashley Chambers, The Oakland Post The city has awarded loans of over $7 million to five affordable housing development projects that will serve families and people with special needs, formerly homeless, and those living with HIV or AIDS. The funds were awarded project developers after an evaluation process run by the city for affordable

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

City of Oakland’s zoning division forbids hazardous cargo inspection in West Oakland

By Ashley Chambers and Ken Epstein The City of Oakland’s Zoning division has issued a ruling this week forbidding entrepreneur Tom Henderson from establishing a U.S. Customs Exam Station at the old Horizon Beverage in West Oakland to inspect potentially...

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Bay Area real estate boom changing the face of Oakland

In January, Katie Hymans started looking for a new home with a yard. Her family wasn’t under pressure to leave their little box of an apartment near Piedmont Avenue, but “I was also aware that prices seemed...

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Oakland’s proposed youth curfew fails to make it out of committee

By Ken Epstein, The Oakland Post A proposal for a youth curfew in Oakland died this week at the city’s Public Safety Committee meeting in the face of opposition by City Council members and outraged hostility by young people and...

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Car-free plan for Latham Square challenged by City of Oakland staffers

“There is a change that is happening in the US where young people want to live in cities and don’t want to rely on cars to get around,” said Liz Brisson,  a San Francisco urban transit planner...

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

OakTech: City’s new RecordTrac app launches, built by Code for America fellows

Oakland unveiled the fruits of being a Code for America fellowship city yesterday with a new open data application called RecordTrac that let’s the public easily search city records, file freedom of information requests and do data queries....

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

OMLF workshop: Is your business disruption and disaster recovery plan bullet-proof?

To help businesses prepare in the event of disasters, the City of Oakland, Oakland Merchant’s Leadership Forum and California Resiliency Alliance hosts the Oakland Business Disruption & Disaster Training Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   The...

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Building the creative class: city officials suggest this is key to Oakland’s future

Packed into the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s conference room downtown, representatives from numerous Oakland agencies listened attentively as two new city department heads unveiled their visions for economic development in Oakland. Kelley Kahn, the new Director...

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Community Project Aims to Re-Write Oakland

Get ready for a new take on accessing info on the workings of our city government.  This Saturday, the Open Oakland brigade will hold “ReWrite Oakland,” an all-day write-athon project in collaboration with the City of Oakland, Code...

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Oakland Social: The Oakland of our peaceful dreams

Years ago, I read a blog post in the UK Guardian, in which columnist Jon Henley attempted to consume the same 12,000 calories worth of food that legendary Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps consumed every single day. That blog post...

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