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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 graffiti artists Norman Chuck (a.k.a. “Vogue”) and Mike “Bam” Tyau like it. Before you rises a full-scale and

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...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Talk and read to your baby, Hillary Clinton and local groups advise

Read to your little children. Talk to them. Sing to them. If you do they’ll be smarter. That advice seems like common sense in some ways, but yesterday, Hillary Clinton came to town to join a coalition...

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

UPDATE – Emeryville’s TubeMogul to go public in big IPO

UPDATE – TubeMogul on Thursday morning filed an amendment to its stock offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission significantly lowering the offering price to $7 to $8 a share from its stated $11 to $13 a share offering as...

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Oakland cat café comes closer to reality, set to open in September

Is the idea of opening a cat café too crazy for Oakland to handle? It certainly doesn’t seem so. The ambitious Cat Town Café project, which is set to be a space where visitors can enjoy a...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

New app shows Oakland schools’ academic performance–right on your phone

There’s a new app about Oakland public schools that might help parents figure out which schools are strong and where their kids might be well served. Usable on a desktop or mobile device, it’s free at http://bit.ly/OaklandScoreMap, and it’s...

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