October 30, 2014

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It’s That Important: Measure BB Will Repave Half of Oakland’s Streets

Oakland’s streets are in bad shape. And everyone uses them. Driving over pothole-ridden streets challenges your car’s suspension, people trip and fall on uneven sidewalks, riding AC Transit is often a jarring experience, and of course bicycling on Oakland’s worst streets is dangerous. Measure BB makes a serious $8 million/year down payment to getting our […]

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October 22, 2014

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Is Choosing A Mayor a Bit Like Choosing a College?

Is Choosing Oakland’s Mayor a Bit Like Choosing a College? Deciding how to vote for mayor this year seem to be on a par with choosing colleges as an 18 year old–with so much at stake and so many varied choices what’s the responsible thing to do with the information at hand. I have asked […]

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September 11, 2014

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Restaurants Coming and Going in Temescal

Cafe Underwood (308 41st St.), a new-school Wi-Fi cafe, is now open in North Oakland and my first outing couldn’t have been more pleasant. As noted in What the Fork preview from last year, owner Dominick Scala’s idea was to take a neighborhood coffee shop and the (increasingly popular) idea of a rentable “co-working space,” and to essentially create […]

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September 8, 2014

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Years of Living Dangergously? Telegraph (In) Complete Streets/Community Meetings

City Staff Come up with Some Crazy Stuff If the City staff have their way, the long sought for “protected bike lanes” along Telegraph Avenue would be a pipe dream of Bike East Bay and the 70% of folks who came to the public meetings and asked for a continuous bike lane along Telegraph from […]

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June 8, 2014

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Obelisk for Temescal Entry? Installation Has Been Halted

Update: The Temescal BID has agreed to halt installation and meet with local stakeholders (editor) The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has designed and is in the process of implementing a huge gateway sign/sculpture for the Temescal Neighborhood. There was no open, competitive process for selecting an artist and the community was not engaged […]

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May 26, 2014

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Communitize DON’T Privatize!/Private Security Patrols are not the Answer

Flyers are up across the Temescal asking folks to donate $157.50 for a 6 month contract for a private security car to drive by your house 3 times a day to “check in” on your house. Some other neighborhoods have also instituted this crowd  sourcing approach as a way to feel better. As much as […]

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May 12, 2014

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Mt Diablo–Spring Wildflower Hike

We began at a trailhead on the steep north side of Mt Diablo Saturday and we hiked up Donner Canyon along the fire trail. Jennifer very nearly stepped on a juvenile rattlesnake, taking the sun on the gravel path and nearly indistinguishable from it. Until not. When the pit-headed viper writhes away with its few rattles […]

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April 25, 2014

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Temescal Streets-Cars Get a Throw-A-Way and Bikes a Snuggle

If you’ve been following local politics in the Temescal, you’ll know there has been a long and protracted struggle to get dedicated bikes lanes. Ten years ago a couple of business owners filed a lawsuit to keep bike lanes out. Now the Temescal BID (Business Improvement District) in their “Father Knows Best” approach has voted […]

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April 12, 2014

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Bay Area Local Currency Supports Local Arts & Music

The 25th Street Collective is an artisan-production and workshop space for slow food and slow fashion. Founder Hiroko Kurihara is a designer and well-known champion of local-made, founding both Oakland Sewn and Oakland Makers to support local manufacturing and grow Oakland’s diverse economy. On Saturday, May 3rd, the 25th Street Collective will showcase a new […]

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March 28, 2014

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Leo’s Would Bring Some Needed Live Music Into the Temescal

Ever since I moved in to the Temescal I have lamented how few live music options there are in North Oakland and South Berkeley. What makes many cities like Austin and New Orleans so enjoyable is the plethora of diverse and live music options that span genres and generations. I’ve always been a regular at […]

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