What were the good reads you might have missed this weekend? OL’s publisher, Susan Mernit, spent part of her weekend online, so you didn’t have to– and found some East Bay stories that are well worth a read–but that you might have missed.

Bay Area’s most congested freeways to get air pollution monitors – Marin Independent Journal

Wondering about how big data can help us understand local air quality?  A new program can help.  “In January, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to see pollution data posted by three new devices placed next to the area’s most used freeways in Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose. The devices are being installed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as part of an EPA-mandated program to monitor heavy particulate matter and nitric oxides along major highways in urban areas.”

Mitchell Kapor seeks to meld business, social good SFGate

As many local leaders know, Mitch Kapor’s investment in digital equity, education and inclusion issues in Oakland and the East Bay has been huge over the years.  This detailed profile outlines the new direction of The Kapor Center for Social Impact and Mitch’s vision. (Note: OL is a Kapor Center partner-SM)

Rebooting the Bay Bridge: A classic rewrite story VentureBeat

Mathew Spolin, an engineer who is the founder and CTO of  family education site Sproutling,  tells the story of the Bay Bridge redo in exacting and even poetic detail. This is an exacting and detailed read that lays the project out in an easy to understand way.

Even Odds Part 3 – San Francisco Chronicle

Part 3 of a series from the SF Chronicle on The Chronicle documents the fear, struggles and loss that African American males face in Oakland and the city’s attempt to address them. This segment focuses on education and is moving as anything. Nice work.

DA is latest leader to flub Oakland crime stats – Inside Bay Area

Nancy O’Malley wildly overstates Oakland robberies and BANG writes about it. The correction:” O’Malley intended to say Oakland was on track to record almost 5,000 robberies for all of 2013 if current trends continued. The city racked up 4,338 robberies last year — the most since 1993.”


Fritinancy: Word of the Week: Gentefication 

From Oakland’s resident naming expert: Gentefication (hen-tay-fee-KAY-shun): A Spanglish portmanteau of Spanish gente (“people”) and the English suffix from “gentrification.” Defined as “the process of upwardly mobile Latinos, typically second-generation and beyond, investing in and returning to the old neighborhood.” (Leslie Berestein Rojas, Multi-American blog, KPCC (Southern California Public Radio), December 28, 2011.)

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About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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