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Neighborhood Revitalization Through Retail ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 10:40 am

East Bay Express Small Business Monthly by Bernice Yeung

That there’s nowhere to shop in Oakland is a common gripe with at least a grain of truth to it. Ever try to buy a head of lettuce near the Coliseum or furnish an apartment without leaving the city limits? Established commercial districts notwithstanding, Oakland has long struggled to convince its residents to spend money within its borders.

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Are you the fiftyseven-thirtythree AMBASSADOR OF SEXY? ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 11:01 am

The rules are simple. Send us your best pics with some fiftyseven-thirtythree gear and make sure they are dripping with sexy.

The fiftyseven-thirtythree staff will vote by secret ballot and choose the 1st ever

AMBASSADOR OF SEXY!!!! The Winning entry will receive the highly sought after and much coveted Japanese schoolgirl flag hoodie

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Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards 2010

East Bay Bicycle Coalition Submitted by Dave Campbell

Nominations open for Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards through March 26, 2010

Know a company that super-promotes bicycling? Want to recognize them? All you have to do is…

Submit Your Nomination Today!

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Small, Local Retailers Had a Good Christmas ,

EastBayExpress.com Robert Gammon

Small, local retailers outperformed national chains during the holiday season, especially in cities that have “Buy Local” campaigns, according to a national survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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App to Find Taco Trucks ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:58 am

Gadgetwise nytimes.com by ROY FURCHGOTT

Gourmet food trucks are all the rage, now offering upscale mobile meals of everything from carnitas and crepes to schnitzel and cupcakes. While that might seem like good news to foodies everywhere, there is a problem. Where do you find these trucks?

Not only do these portable feasts keep inconsistent hours, there is little telling where they will show up, or when they will be forced to move along.

But an app maker in California has come up with a solution – of sorts.

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A baffling story about crime and Oakland nightlife ,

Oakland Tribune Outtakes by Angela Woodall

The Journal has to be kidding with this article: Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws
”This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime,” according to the reporter. What? Since when?

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Oakland Tries to Stir Nightlife by Shaking Up Cabaret Laws

Peter McCollough for The Wall Street Journal

Would be interestingto hear feedback from this article -TTR

The Wall Street Journal San Francisco Bay Area  By Bobby White

OAKLAND — This city wants to heat up its nightclub and bar scene by relaxing local cabaret laws that govern its late-night venues. That’s raising safety concerns in a town that already has a reputation for crime.

Andrew Jones is one of those who’s concerned. Mr. Jones, a service manager for the Downtown Oakland Association and Lake Merritt/Uptown Association, says the city has to get a handle on its crime problem — such as shootouts and robberies — before it expands its club scene.

“The city wants to attract hundreds of new people to party here, but it hasn’t solved the problem of how to keep them safe,” says Mr. Jones. “It just doesn’t make much sense.”

But some city officials and club owners see a chance to generate business in a city hit hard by the recession — Oakland’s unemployment rate was 16.8% in November — by attracting more late-night crowds.

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