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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 1)

“Comida Mobile” looks at the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Born and raised in Oakland, 22-year-old Miguel Montiel operates his family’s fruit cup stand on International Boulevard, often working from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. For him and his parents, their business is a way to connect with the country his parents

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Oakland street food: The paths to legitimacy

Along the sidewalks of Oakland’s Fruitvale district, street food vendors are busy every day selling traditional tamales, fresh fruit, corn chips and homemade ice cream. If you talk to them, you’ll learn they are also busy establishing...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or slicing, mixing and cooking what they will...

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

From Oakland’s Deep East to China’s Far East with EOYDC (Community Voices)

On July 5, 2014, a group of 14 African-American men departed the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), en route to China. As these young men hugged their families goodbye, they left Deep East Oakland for a 14-day...

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Building Oakland community during Friday summer nights

Where can you go on Friday evenings to chat with your neighbors, connect with community organizations, challenge your friends and family to a potato sack race, all while inherently fostering a safe environment? The Third Annual Friday...

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Neighbors ask for details at Oakland Coliseum area planning workshop

There is a plan to build new sports arenas and new housing in the area around the Oakland Coliseum and residents got a preview of that plan last week. Those attending expressed interest in developing the area...

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...

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

East Oakland Boxing Association: One of the neighborhood’s vital organs (Community Voices)

By Katie Schwarz As Vator Splash makes tech news in Jack London Square, as Uptown revitalizes and Temescal moves from hipsters to parents with Strollers, as West Oakland gets private buses, as North Oakland bemoans the lack...

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Heading East: Part 3

In part 3 of our series dedicated to East Oakland, we’ll hang out with farmers and ice cream makers, take a stroll through a verdant college campus, eat the best chicken satay you’ve had in your life,...

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Three Life Academy students land prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

This is your standard-issue, heartbreakingly inspiring story. This year, 1,000 students across the country were awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Three of them came from one tiny public school in East Oakland. Maribel, Rattana and Eliott are just...

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