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The People’s Athletics?

September 16, 2015

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Though Oakland loves its baseball team, it’s safe to say that the Oakland Athletics’s ownership does not love Oakland.

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Cranes (not the feathered variety) in North Oakland

August 13, 2015

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With 4 major and several other projects breaking ground in the Temescal/North Oakland, it’s time to take a look at what all the activity is about. The combination of these projects will add hundreds of new units of housing, from studios to an entire senior assisted living complex to Safeway’s new “lifestyle” grocery store and […]

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Temescal Development 4700 Telegraph/make it very green

May 11, 2015

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For those of us who have followed the Temescal mixed used developments over the past 10 years, it’s welcome news that 4700 Telegraph will be up before the Planning Commission on Wed, May 20th. The 48 unit development has undergone some significant improvements since it was first entitled in 2006. Most importantly, this property and […]

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McDonald’s on San Pablo?/An Organized Neighborhood Not Lovin’ It

February 7, 2015

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The oldest McDonald’s in CA at 66th and San Pablo wants to expand its operations by increasing its restaurant size by 30% plus run a drive through 24/7. The owner Ed Smith (former Oakland cop who owns many McDonald’s in the area) and his political consultant Mark McClure from CCIG (owned by Phil Tagami) got an […]

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

October 30, 2014

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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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Is Choosing A Mayor a Bit Like Choosing a College?

October 22, 2014

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

September 8, 2014

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

May 26, 2014

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

April 25, 2014

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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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Bay Area Local Currency Supports Local Arts & Music

April 12, 2014

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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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