Archive | April, 2013

West Oakland: Who’s Responsible for What Around Here?

April 29, 2013

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It’s more than just coincidence that West Oakland, one of the highest unemployment, high-crime communities in the entire country has so much of its land under freeway, almost certainly more than any other community in California. With the multiplicity of agencies around here all adept at pointing fingers – and giving them! – no one has […]

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Oakland Billboard Blues: And the Fight Goes On

April 29, 2013

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Next Labor Day the new Bay Bridge might finally open. From the single elegant tower to the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span, the new Bay Bridge may be worth the wait for its signature design and aesthetics. But if not stopped, five new super-bright billboards, three of them digital, will pollute our visual landscape as […]

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Where and When In Oakland

April 29, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where and when it occurred, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thursday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce […]

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Support Youth Led Innovation in Oakland! Youth Seed Launch this Saturday, Apr 27

April 25, 2013

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In case you haven’t noticed, Oakland has been positioning itself on the cutting edge of innovation on a global scale.  The city is boosting its long standing reputation for creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, evidenced by an outbreak of new bars, restaurants, and art galleries.  Resources and talent have been pouring into the city, alongside predictable skyrocketing rent. Will […]

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Where in Oakland?

April 25, 2013

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  Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thursday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here […]

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Where In Oakland?

April 22, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thursday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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Exploring the SF Bay Trail: Part 1 from Fruitvale to San Leandro

April 22, 2013

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Biking Distance (13 miles, estimate) Duration (2 hours with 30 minute lunch) Start: Fruitvale BART  End: San Leandro BART I recently explored part of the SF Bay Trail by biking it with my friend Paul Backhurst. I had never been on the section of the trail from Fruitvale to San Leandro and I wanted to see […]

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What if First Fridays Descended on East Oakland?

April 18, 2013

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A successful street festival like First Fridays would certainly be welcome along International Blvd in East Oakland, what with it bringing the kind of gritty street life and local culture most business districts would cherish. But I imagine if along with First Fridays moving east of downtown, Occupy Oakland came with it, the police reaction […]

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Where In Oakland?

April 18, 2013

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Do you recognize this image? It’s from Oakland, and if you can tell us precisely where, you’ll eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to an upcoming Bites off Broadway. Email your answer to where@loakal.com by this Thursday at 5 pm Oakland time to enter. We’ll randomly pick a winner each week and announce the winner here at […]

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Get outdoors … and tipsy

April 15, 2013

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My summer obsession lay at the intersection of Vitamin D and hops. Here are some things you should know about some places where you can drink, eat, and get a weird, it’s-never-really-warm-enough-for-swimsuits sunburn. I’ve left out places with just a table or two outside, and places that are more a restaurant than place to linger.

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