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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or slicing, mixing and cooking what they will later sell to passers-by. At this hour, many are at Jack London Square, where dozens of trucks, newly

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Bay-Area entrepreneur-humanitarian Rudolph Hurwich dies at 92 (Community Voices)

Rudolph Hurwich – serial entrepreneur and mentor, international businessman, inventor, philanthropist, investor and a behind-the-scenes supporter of numerous liberal causes and creative endeavors – died peacefully at his Oakland home on August 2, 2014. He was 92....

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Transparency through Twitter: #oakmtg uses social media to engage the community in the 2014 mayoral elections

On Thursday, August 21, over 200 people piled into Oakland’s City Hall to listen to 12 mayoral candidates answer questions from residents, who submitted questions to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #oakmtg. The Live Forum was...

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oakland Local launches “Street food: Meet the people who make it”

We rely on them to nourish us with their Tandoori chicken, grilled vegetable burritos, Chapati and lentil stews.  We count on their convenient locations when we are rushing around or just want to be outdoors instead of...

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Good graffiti makes good neighbors in West Oakland

The trains run in West Oakland once again. That’s certainly how it feels when you face a stunning locomotive-themed mural-in-progress that spans over 8,000 square feet on the Wrist Ship Supply building. And that’s how long-time Oakland...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a...

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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 award a new garbage contract...

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Ready for kindergarten? In Oakland, hunger and fatigue play a role

Most kids starting kindergarten in Oakland public schools are not ready for the demands of school. What’s in their way? Hunger. Hunger and tiredness and illness, according to a report released this month. Here in America, in...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Oakland’s “Stop the War on Children” protest calls for peace

What do an activist Rabbi, a Quaker organization, and a revolutionary feminist have in common? Answer: A passion for social justice and solidarity with victims of violence along the US/Mexico border and in Gaza. This passion was...

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Voices of 3 Oakland fast food workers at Chicago national convention (Community Voices)

Meet three from Oakland who attended a national convention of fast food workers in Chicago with about 1,300 others July 26-27. Their movement for $15-an-hour wages and a union has helped bring national attention to extreme income...

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