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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Oakland Data Day jumpstarts multiple civic projects (Community Voices)

On a sunny Saturday, well over 100 people committed their time to finding new ways to use the datasets released by City, County and State government. Over 15 project groups were formed and many of these will continue throughout 2014. Among the continuing efforts were projects to correlate and analyze Oakland campaign contributions, to create

Monday, December 9th, 2013

2nd Annual Community Voices winners announced; celebration December 11 in Oakland

      Oakland Local is proud to host the Second Annual Community Voices Awards, which recognizes leading Oaklanders who embody the city’s unique spirit and are dedicated to strengthening its social and economic fabric. The event...

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

MIT to give Kevin Lynch award to Oaklander Jennifer Palhka and Code for America

The MIT School of Architecture + Planning has named Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, winner of the 2013-2014 Kevin Lynch Award. The award is presented biannually for outstanding scholarship and practice in urban design, planning and...

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Transparency key to resuscitating democracy (Community Voices)

People are pretty frustrated with government these days. Seventy-five percent of likely Oakland voters feel their Council and Mayor are doing only a fair or poor job, and a similar percentage of Americans just gave the Republican...

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....

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Update: What is Code for America doing in Oakland?

Last winter, an exciting thing happened in Oakland: three Code for America fellows started working at City Hall. Oakland was one of the cities Code for America selected. At the time, Mayor Jean Quan said, “The City...

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission launches Government Transparency project

In late June,  Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission (PEC) took a leadership role in building better government in Oakland by holding an impressive forum with some great speakers and kicking off a year-long effort to make city government more...

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Re-Write Oakland Hackathon answers over 160 civic questions

Last Saturday was the beginning of a new collaboration between the City of Oakland and its citizens. Some 70 Oakland volunteers gathered with 20 city staff at Oakland’s Popuphood HQ  in the shadow of City Hall. Working...

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Jen Palhka heading to DC for a year at the White House

A personal statement from Code for America Executive Director and Founder.

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...

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