It was quite the year at Oakland Local. We dug into education coverage, focusing on the school system and local organizations that serve youth, on zoning and development downtown, on the tech boom, the food scene, and Oakland’s amazing arts and culture.

This was the year we launched 4 going out guides–Meg’s List, This Weekend in the Yay! Oakland Social and Oakulture, and the year we started to write not just about food justice but about great places to eat and buy food, and about food artisans, manufacturers and vendors

So what were the most read stories?

Interview with a Porn Star: Lorelei Lee on sex, gender, and “Public Sex, Private Lives.”











Time-lapse movie of SF-Oakland Bay Bridge construction is cutest ever construction video

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Oakland Social: 50 great things to do in Oakland this summer

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Oaklanders Respond to Controversial KQED blog post (Opinion)

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Oakland real estate soars: Another bubble?

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About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( 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, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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