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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...
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Oakland Pride to celebrate its fifth year with parade

The Oakland Pride Festival returns to Oakland for its fifth year this Sunday, with the city’s first LGBT Pride Parade also added to the event’s festivities. The parade helps celebrate the...
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Composting tips from Oakland’s City Slicker Farms

Summer is in full swing, which means it's time to show off some beautiful summer gardens! Oakland Local met up with City Slicker Farms’ Backyard Garden Mentor and farm assistant, Joseph Davis, to talk...
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Off the Grid launches location in Uptown Oakland

San Francisco-based food truck organizer Off the Grid launched a new dinner market Monday in Uptown this week, expanding their existing presence in Oakland. Off the Grid has gained significant...
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Matatu Film Festival returns to Oakland for a second year

The second annual Matatu Film Festival will run this week from July 16 to 19, screening films about communities of color from around the world, from places such as the tough streets of Baltimore to the forests...
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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 coffee and...
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Will Tesla’s open source patents mean more electric cars in Oakland?

It’s not unlike Tesla to take the road less traveled. Since its beginnings as a startup electric car company in the midst of a historically gasoline-powered industry, Tesla has continued to gain...
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Gun violence in Oakland: Where do guns come from?

There have already been 38 murders in Oakland this year, according to police statistics last updated on June 22. When it comes to aggravated assaults with a firearm, there have been 176, and robberies with a...
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Without net neutrality, how are Oakland’s communities affected?

Viewing an episode of your favorite show may become a matter of speed, fast or slow. Trying to watch that season finale of Game of Thrones or that premiere of Orange is the New Black could become an experience...
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Oakland Animal Services to be reformed, standalone department

The Oakland City Council passed legislation last week to reform Oakland Animal Services and make it independent from the Oakland Police Department. Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan (At Large),...