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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...
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Oakland community gathers for The Blueprint grand opening

Courtesy of Russ Levi The Blueprint | 439 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606 |510.473.7197 --- On Sunday, March 15, Open Door's newest project opened its doors to the public, planting a shared...
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Civicorps works to help remake West Oakland

By Doniphan Blair Civicorps may have a prosaic name, which it adopted seven years ago from an even more modest appellation—East Bay Conservation Corps—but don’t let that fool you. Indeed, CC has...
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Gentrification takes a toll on Oakland seniors

At a recent meeting of the Hope and Justice Committee of St. Mary’s Center, the members allowed a reporter to sit in as they discussed their experiences with gentrification. Ortencia is 82 and, like all...
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Catherine Bracy, Code for America and Oakland’s tech ecosystem

By Catherine Pickavet Compare the tech community on the East Coast, particularly in New York and Boston, to that of the West Coast, particularly the Bay Area/Silicon Valley, and the differences might not...
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KivaZip and Centro Community Partners funding small business in Oakland

By Howard Dyckoff Part one of a three-part series on Kiva and its largest Oakland trustee Centro Community Partners Kiva is at the forefront of micro-lending, providing small loans to artists and...
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Steve Snider: Downtown Oakland as a venue

The guys behind the light and sound of some of Downtown Oakland’s most successful music and art venues of the early 2000’s are now setting the stage for growth in one of the core parts of Oakland–Uptown,...
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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...