Baia Pasta co-founder Dario Barbone serves sample of homemade mac and cheese to customers on Sunday, May 3 outside their shop in Jack London Square. Share

Kiva Zip loans fuels Oakland small business community

The City of Oakland and Mayor Libby Schaaf have big economic plans, but the one the mayor is quick to discuss is anything but “big,” unless you consider the potential impact on small, locally owned...
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22 young professionals hack and help the hood (Community Voices)

Last week a graduation ceremony here in Oakland celebrated the accomplishments of 22 young people from low-income backgrounds. All 22 had completed Hack the Hood’s six-week boot-camp program in computer...
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Vator Splash 2015: where new and old tech worlds collide

A lot of discussion has been made about two Americas — the America which has a clear path to success and other America whose path is paved with struggle — but there are also two tech scenes. The...
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Oakland by the numbers: Real estate edition

In the Trulia office in the Financial District of San Francisco, there is a large framed article about the use of real estate numbers in Chinese culture, and how the numbers 4 and 6 are considered inauspicious...
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Oakland residents have a responsibility to connect

The culture — or authenticity, depending on who you talk to — of some of the Bay’s great cities may be slipping away in favor of people who don’t really care about the places they’re moving to....
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Oakland’s business landscape is evolving faster than we think

If you haven’t heard yet, Oakland is gradually moving into the spotlight as a notable hub for tech companies. The state of Oakland’s business landscape is constantly in flux, and has been for the past...
Jesse's home got an almost complete makeover from Rebuilding Together Oakland. Photo courtesy of RTO. Share

Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland

“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview. Oakland city staff are currently working on a Housing...
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Seniors age in place in Oakland’s Chinatown

Above the storefronts, seniors gather during the day to play mahjong, socialize, even practice Chinese opera. “There’s a life here that you would never know,” said Tamiko Wong, executive director of...
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Growing number of Oakland seniors are homeless

Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself...
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Affordable housing out of reach for many low-income Oakland seniors

Gilbert Gibson, 67 — Bay Area born and bred — is, like so many other seniors, fighting to stay in the apartment where he has lived for 12 years. A graduate of Berkeley High, Mr. G , as he likes to be...