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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Transparency through Twitter: #oakmtg uses social media to engage the community in the 2014 mayoral elections

On Thursday, August 21, over 200 people piled into Oakland’s City Hall to listen to 12 mayoral candidates answer questions from residents, who submitted questions to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #oakmtg. The Live Forum was split into two parts, the first half consisting of questions that had been previously selected, and the second

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Oakland by the Numbers, 8/27/14 (Real Estate Edition)

Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the...

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Altars and Alphabets: New work by Dan Weber and Elaine Maute at Manna Gallery in Oakland (Community Voices)

Altars and Alphabets, recent sculpture by Dan Weber and encaustic paintings by Elaine Maute, opens on September 12 and continues until October 18. A reception for Dan and Elaine will take place Saturday, September 13, from 2...

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...

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...

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