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Oakland Local: Seeking new management as of June 2015

After 6 years of operation and more than 5,000 published stories, community voices, videos and images, Oakland Local’s come to a fork in the road. Co-founder Susan Mernit has spent six years running the site...
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KivaZip and Centro Community Partners funding small business in Oakland: Part 2

By Howard Dyckoff Kiva Zip has brought its micro-finance mojo to Oakland by partnering with many community-based trustees in the East Bay. Among these is Oakland’s Centro Community Partners,  which is...
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KivaZip and Centro Community Partners funding small business in Oakland: Part 3

By Howard Dyckoff For this third  part of our series, we profile  four clients being helped by Kiva loans, three through Centro Partners and one from the Kiva Zip program of the City of Oakland. RB...
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#ReclaimMLK: Oakland stands for civil rights, economic justice

On Sunday, January 18, a packed audience filled the Scottish Rite Center for In The Name of Love,  the 13th Annual Musical Tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hosted by Living...
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On My Plate: Tribune Tavern’s Jurassic Pretzel, Fortified Milk, Gentrification, and More…

Jurassic Pretzel and Many Roots Beer (photo credit: Tribune Tavern) What I'm Loving Right Now: Tribune Tavern’s Jurassic Pretzel and Rum & Roots I admit it: I went to Tribune Tavern for the...
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This week in Oakland bashing

It seems like hardly a week goes by without the Chronicle publishing some good old fashioned Oakland bashing. And this week is no exception. And for the most part, we residents of Oakland are game for it....
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Five reasons to shop local this holiday season

Last year, consumers shelled out a record-breaking $59.1 billion over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, at an average of $423 per person, most of which went to national chains and big box stores. That’s...
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At the Ferguson protest in Oakland (First person)

Photos and video by Eric Anderson At 6pm last night a few hundred people were gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland. They were waiting to hear what the grand jury would decide to do with...
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Lake Merritt: The warm center of Oakland

With the sun out like this, Lake Merritt begins to exert a magnetic pull on the city. People head out on their lunch break to pick up stamps or allergy medicine and don’t notice they’ve taken themselves to...
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Cooling Opportunities for Oakland Residents

Mayor Quan and Parks & Recreation Director Audree Jones-Taylor worked to open up free swimming for seniors today at Oakland city-owned pools and for everyone at the East Oakland Sports Center. Here, too,...