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Bay Bridge Billboards? Scenic East Bay Scores a Partial Win

March 2, 2014

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I admit it, I was in shock for at least 10 minutes when I received the email from our lawyer Brian Gaffney, that the huge billboard company Foster Media and my personal nemesis for the last 18 months, had withdrawn their applications for billboards locations 1 and 2 at the Bay Bridge. We knew that […]

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Safeway Project at 51st Gets the Green Light for Complete Makeover

October 28, 2013

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For those of us who live in North Oakland, the redevelopment of the Safeway store and its surrounding parcels at 51st and Broadway is the biggest development to happen in the area for possibly the next 50 years after MacArthur’s BART makeover. At their September meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously gave the green light to […]

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Spark: Youth Empowerment Program Looking for Workplace Mentors

August 8, 2013

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The Issue: Our country’s high school dropout rate – 25% nationally – is a deep injustice and an economic tragedy. Oakland’s high school drop out rate is a staggering 39%. High dropout rates are devastating to students, families, and local economies. About Spark: Spark is the only youth empowerment program in the country that addresses the dropout crisis […]

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Latham Square in Downtown Could Revitalize with a Park for People

July 25, 2013

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Latham Square Plaza is a ‘Pilot Project’ Oakland is revitalizing the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph as a place for people, by redesigning the 1st block of Telegraph as a pocket park, with the road closed to cars and open to people. Between 16th St and Broadway, Telegraph Avenue will be re-invented as a larger plaza […]

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BevMo? BevNo! in the Temescal

July 18, 2013

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“The best offense is a good defense” is what kept running through my head after the recent Temescal flareup with the possibility of BevMo trying to get a foothold in the Temescal at 49th and Telegraph, the most recent site of the 6500 square foot Frazee Building. When I was tipped off to the fact […]

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Ecocity CoLab: Co-working for a Cause! Opening August 15th

July 8, 2013

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On August 15th, a new kind of collaborative work space will be opening its doors at the recently renovated historic White Building near the 12th and 19th street BART stations in Downtown Oakland: Part co-working space and part innovation lab and ecocity learning network, Ecocity CoLab is designed to bring together individuals and organizations dedicated to creating […]

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Lake Merritt Transformation/Love Our Lake Day on June 9th

May 23, 2013

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It is possible to feel discouraged and powerless, but sometimes the good guys win. Once in a while, everyone turns out to be a good guy. Twelve years ago in Oakland a confrontation was intensifying: Some wanted to sell off public land for a new cathedral looming over Lake Merritt, and others wanted to preserve […]

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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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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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