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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March 9, 2014

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My Travelversary (10 Years A Traveler)

2014 and my 6 week trip to Myanmar (Burma) and Bali marked the 10th year that I have traveled during the winter months somewhere in the Southern hemisphere. I organize the flow of my year, knowing that I have the freedom and choice to venture to some far flung locale and then plan, organize and […]

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March 2, 2014

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Bay Bridge Billboards? Scenic East Bay Scores a Partial Win

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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November 7, 2013

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The Assault of Interconnectivity

True confession: I’m a super late adapter. I’m 54 and an events organizer but only bought the simplest cell phone a few months ago for emergencies and travel, and I’ve only used it a few times. It’s not that I’m a real technophobe as I’m as dependent as most folks on email for work and […]

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October 28, 2013

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

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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September 14, 2013

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An Opinionated Guide to Experiencing First Fridays

  I have probably gone to at least 25 First Fridays/Art Murmurs over the years and have watched it change and morph. I went to one large community meeting in the summer of 2012 where I advocated for the “official” street closure of Telegraph as the crowds had become so large that they were spilling […]

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August 19, 2013

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Disco Volante Closes its Doors on Monday/New Bar Openings in the Temescal

I never knew that a bar closing could make me so very sad and nostalgic but the closure of Disco Volante is giving me the Monday blues. For years, Disco has been my favorite bar because it’s the kind of bar of neighborhood bar I have always had a fantasy of owning and running. First […]

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