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Sprinkle Lab is quirky, but lucid

In the Queens D. Light music video for Love Pistol (below), the hip hop griot hunts nubile Adonises with a bow and arrow. She accepts worship from stone male statues in her chain link garden sanctuary and she...
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RE: the Living Wage Ordinance

On February 10,  Oakland City Council's committee for economic development voted unanimously to waive the Living Wage Ordinance for the Walgreen's being built at the corner of Seminary and Bancroft...
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Oakland: A growing center for apothecaries, herbalists

“I love plants,” says herbalist Atava Garcia Swiecicki, “but for me it’s also really political. is about reclaiming our power to take care of ourselves in a way that’s really inexpensive.”...
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Oakland’s 2015 Co-working Space Guide: Finding Your Groove

With start-ups and tech companies popping up at every corner of the Bay Area nowadays, it might be tough sometimes to figure out where you fit in. Where do you work if the kitchen table doesn't suffice...
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Know Your Housing Rights, Part 2: Eviction

  "Eviction Notice" by Aazam Yaqoob is licensed under CC 2.0 If you live in Oakland, you probably know someone who has faced or is facing eviction, legally or not. That's because last year alone,...
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New BRT rapid transit line may help seniors age in place in East Oakland

As AC Transit begins construction on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on International Boulevard in Oakland, we wanted to take a moment to consider the impact of the new transit design on one population that relies...
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Best of 2014: Top 5 innovation stories

Oakland has long been an innovative city, but lately, the outside world has finally started to catch on (as evidenced by frequent New York Times coverage, Oakland ranking 9th among U.S. cities attracting tech...
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Use your winter break to retool your pitch

By Isaac “Yitz” Applbaum and Dan Cohen We are often in meetings with talented entrepreneurs who have great ideas but also have a hard time communicating them. This isn’t uncommon. Founders often have...
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Know Your Housing Rights, Part 1: Tenant Protection Ordinance

"A House in Oakland" by andaley Alex Case has lived in his current home for eight years. When his two former roommates moved out, his landlord took the vacancy as an opportunity to tear his house apart to...
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Urban Stitch weaves together fashion and community

Photo by Tessa Love It was love at first sight when Alanna Rayford first entered the sprawling, light-filled second story space spanning the length of 17th St between Telegraph and Broadway. With...