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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Catch East Bay punk duo Dark Beach this month!

Need a break from the monotony of corporeality? Rock out with Dark Beach to songs about mermaids, witches, and other ethereal creatures! With lead singer/guitarist Faith Garner 8 months pregnant, Dark Beach will be playing two more shows before taking what the duo takes what they describe as a “very brief” hiatus to welcome the

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...

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

West Oakland’s Juneteenth: A street fair with free food, music, and community awards

Oakland’s seventh Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration, organized by community groups and supported by local businesses, was held on June 28. Jazz and dance were on tap, plus health screenings and a food truck serving ribs for those visiting...

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Communications conundrum: Should Oakland trash its 911 radio system and spend millions to join the county system?

The City of Oakland is has been quietly working on its radio communications issues by updating its old equipment and renovating  its dispatch center. On Tuesday, July 8, the finance committee of the City Council will also...

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Penrose: What’s past is prologue

I grew up in Oakland. I’ve seen a myriad of change, some good, some not. The streets of my childhood were constantly changing, adapting. To progress, to the passage of time, and even, on occasion, to the...

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Oakland diversity in tech discussion focuses on solutions

Tuesday evening, BuildUp brought together panelists from a range of tech companies and organizations to discuss how to tackle the industry’s diversity problem. Building Innovation: Creating an Inclusive Technology Ecosystem addressed issues with recruiting, work environment and...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Restorative justice by the numbers

A recent Oakland Local story by Max Cadji has drawn our attention to the innovative nature of restorative, rather than retributive (or revenge-driven), approaches to justice. The numbers below reflect studies on the topic. 72% of the...

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Oakland real estate prices surge for a second year, still below 2007 peak

As San Francisco home prices climb into the stratosphere, reaching a median price of over $1 million as of May 2014, Oakland real estate continues to climb out of the deep hole it fell into during the...

Friday, June 20th, 2014

These are Oakland: An everyone guide (Community Voices)

There are several Oaklandisms that hit me when I visit home: sunny glints on loose hair, swinging gaits, razzing trunk beats and wafts of aromatic smoke. Twice a year I return from my western outpost to re-sample...

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Berkeley mayor suggests regional minimum wage plan to Oakland, East Bay leaders

Campaigns by fast food workers, Walmart employees and unions appear to be having an effect, as cities across the country scramble to raise local minimum wages. Seattle just jumped out front, with a $15.00 minimum wage; San...

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