Oakland Local



Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Who’s funding Oakland start-ups? 15 VCs to watch

Who’s got the back of Oakland startups when it comes to funding? Well, a number of investors, from seed-stage angel investors to venture capitalists to social impact investors, have their eyes out for what’s happening in Oakland and nearby. In fact, right now, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, an impact investor based in Oakland’s Preservation Park, is

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Oakland apartments are now cheaper than ANY rentals in San Francisco, new study reports

If you think those deals in studio and one-bedroom apartments in Oakland have disappeared, the recent study of rental prices by real estate site Lovely confirms your fears are true–the median price of an apartment in Oakland has...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Gentrification report proposes bold solutions to stop displacement in Oakland

Last week Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC) released a report titled Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area. The 112-page document, prepared in collaboration with the Alameda County Public Health Department, goes beyond describing the public...

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Bar Dogwood launches crowd-funding campaign after car hits bar

What happens when a bar get hit by a car? And the car goes right through the window? If you spend time downtown, you’ve probably noticed that Bar Dogwood is closed and that there’s a missing plate...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Free large bulk dump sites for East Oakland, April 12-16

Last week Councilmember Brooks announced a free amnesty bulk dumping project to take place across East Oakland, April 12-16. Due to enthusiasm from residents and city officials, she reached out to Ken Houston and the East Oakland...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Mayvenn: 500 startups backed company growing 40% a month in Oakland

Oakland native Diishan Imira noticed that the tiny hair salons and barber shops doing business in African-American communities do not tend to carry the styling gels and hair extensions that many of their customers want. Instead, salons...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Councilmember Libby Schaaf: Are you a Localist? (Community Voices)

Making small changes to how we do our shopping can result in big changes for our city.  According to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Localism is not just about shopping more in the city...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

27 artful things to do in Oakland, April 11 – 17

So much art this week, Oakland! Visual art gallery openings, music, maker events, culinary art, expression promoting community healing, fashion, films: you name it, we’ve got it. We’re hoping that even the meetings this week will be...

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

City staffer Margot Prado has a vision for Oakland’s manufacturing industry

How Margot Prado makes time to be a West Javanese dance instructor on top of acting as Senior Economic Development Specialist for the city of Oakland, co-chairing the $5 million Bay Area Regional Prosperity Plan and co-founding...

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

New Visit Oakland campaign aims to expand visitors, buzz

I definitely didn’t join Visit Oakland’s board of directors at a boring time, either for the organization (formerly known as the Oakland Visitor and Convention Bureau) or for the city itself. From the first meeting I attended...

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