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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

City of Oakland expands Parklet Pilot Program

On September 19 (Parking Day), Oakland announced issued a Notice of Parklet Opportunity (NPO). This marked the opening of the second round of Oakland’s Parklet Pilot Program. In September 2011, the city began its first pilot to allow parklets on city streets. A parklet is temporary public space that replaces one or two parking spots

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Oakland Pride to celebrate its fifth year with parade

The Oakland Pride Festival returns to Oakland for its fifth year this Sunday, with the city’s first LGBT Pride Parade also added to the event’s festivities. The parade helps celebrate the Festival’s five-year anniversary, according to Oakland...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a...

Monday, June 9th, 2014

EOYDC Nabs $3.2 million for Expansion, Renovation

By Keith Burbank Oakland may soon get a bigger dose of positive East Oakland influence. The East Oakland Youth Development Center, whose alumni have gone on to become NBA and NFL players, professional musicians and PhD students, is expanding...

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

29 things to do in Oakland, where art dominates meetings, June 6 – 12

It’s an art-heavy week, Oakland! It’s meeting-heavy, too, but this is one of the many reasons why I dig Oakland so much. Sure, there are all these meetings, each of them useful and civically important in its...

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...

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...

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