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OBIT: JOSEPH J. GROSS April 3, 1941 – April 25, 2013

from Joe's team at CTCluster: Joe passed away on April 25, 2013.  He died peacefully in his sleep a day after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor.  He was 72 years old.  Joe grew up outside Detroit,...
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OBIT: David Glover, OCCUR leader, long-time community catalyst

David Glover, the executive director of OCCUR, an Oakland organization dedicated to improving the lives and conditions of low-income residents, neighborhood and communities, particularly in East Oakland, has...
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Oakland City Council to Vote on Microlending Initiative Partnership with Microlending Organization Kiva to Provide Capital to Small Local Businesses

Just in from the City of Oakland: OAKLAND, CA – On Tuesday, May 21, the Oakland City Council will vote on a proposal to partner with an international microlending organization to support local...
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Welcome to the new Oakland Local

It's a redesign! If you're reading this, we're live on the new Oakland Local site--all new, all redesigned, all Word Press.  We moved 47,000 files between servers, migrated 300+ stories, and created an...
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Alameda County Hackathon invites Oaklanders to build apps, win prizes with civic data – April 27

It's not only the City of Oakland that's reshaping its culture through civic hackathons and a focus on Open Data; the county of Alameda has jumped in in a big way as well.  Inspired in part by 2012's Code for...
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Get a spot in the first Longfellow neighborhood-wide community yard sale

The Longfellow Community Association is pleased to announce its community-wide neighborhood sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22. But if you're looking to get a spot or have your space listed in this...
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Oakland voters defeat all measures in Nov. 15 special election

It's not happening. On Tuesday, in the special election, Oakland voters resoundingly defeated three ballot measures that would have given  $60 million in parcel taxes to City Hall and more discretionary power...
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Mehserle sentencing: Standing for justice–and for ourselves (Op-Ed)

Today is the day when the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle for murdering Oscar Grant is going to go down.  We don't know what the sentence will be, or whether Judge Perry will honor defense attorney Michael...
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Oakland Needs an Open City Records Project to go with the Records Management Revamp (Op-Ed)

Ever hear of security by obscurity?  That's often what it seems Oakland city government practices, making new reports, studies, resolutions, etc. incredibly hard to find online or incredibly...
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Crowd-sourcing Crime: Oakland Police Ask Public to Identify July 8 looters from Published Photos

We may live in a city where the layoff of 80 police officers is going to result in a department that refuses to come to your house when you get robbed or your car is stolen, but that doesn't mean Oakland...