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10 things you need to know about Oakland’s garbage rate increase

Currently, Oakland residents pay their garbage bills through Waste Management of Alameda County: $29.80 a month for single family homes and $474.20 for 20-unit buildings. The city council voted last week to...
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Oakland folks join People’s Climate March in NYC, here (Storify)

As 310,000 marchers wound their way through the streets of New York City at the People’s Climate March (the biggest environmental march in history), Oakland rallied in solidarity. Several thousand people...
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21 festivals, fancy parties, and other things to do in Oakland, September 19 – 25

There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a...
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23 not-to-be-missed things to do in Oakland, September 12 – 18

This week features tons of things you'll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and "makership" (if that's a word). There's Hispanic Heritage Month to...
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Found: Invasive species at Lake Merritt

Last week, a man biking by Lake Merritt found a creature that is currently listed as number 93 on the world’s 100 worst invasive species. So of course he brought it to Children’s Fairyland. I don’t...
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Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to...
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23 gallery-opening, rockin’-out, novelty-absorbing things to do in Oakland and 1 in Piedmont, September 5 – 11

Sure, you'd expect a bunch of art openings for First Friday, and you'd be right. There's even more art action than that this week, though, and there's plenty of bonus music, wicked interesting lectures and...
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“Perched” art show in Oakland unfolds harmony of two worlds beginning Friday, September 5

At the intersection of urban life and the natural world, Oakland-based artist Cameron Thompson creates a state of mind rooted in stability and perspective. This intersection, where city commotion meets...
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Oakland by the Numbers, 8/27/14 (Real Estate Edition)

Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the...
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16 festival-tastic things to do in Oakland, August 29 – September 4

Here in Oakland, when we sense the beginning of fall approaching, we like to cram in as many festivals as we possibly can before that happens. We've got some great ones this week--the kind we wait all year...