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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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H&M and Wal-Mart destroy and trash unsold goods ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Green / Sustainable,Leaders and Activists — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 9:05 am

Shine by Yahoo Fashion + Beauty by Joanna Douglas

Cynthia Magnus holds up unworn, destroyed clothing she found in the garbage. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/New York Times

This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable.

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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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Countdown to Oakland’s NYE Celebrations to Ring in 2010! ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Food and Drink,Music — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 6:29 pm

Have you made plans yet? If not, Oakland Grown is here to help!

Here’s a list of comprehensive guides to help you find the right party to ring in the New Year:

DO Oakland Grown New Year’s Eve Festivities

East Bay Express NYE Event Search for Oakland

East Bay Express Countdown to Midnight

The DTO (Downtown Oakland) New Year’s Eve 2010

Oakland Local New Year’s Eve in Oakland and around the Bay Area

Restaurant NYE Dinners

Spice Monkey Cafe & Restaurant

Vo’s Restaurant

 

More Bands Are Chasing Fewer Bucks

East Bay Express

This article as well as the comments paint an ominous picture of what is happening to the Bay Area and Oakland indie music scene. Well, at least what is left of it…

Support your independent music venues and music stores. Their existence depends on us. -TTR

EastBayExpress.com by David Downs     Additional Reporting by Kathleen Wentz

There’s music everywhere. Money? Not so much.

In these tech-savvy, DIY times, the spectrum of a band’s economic options has widened to include more ways of doing business. Bands can write, record, distribute, and market music globally for next to nothing. If you’ve got the hooks, the Internet can make you a big fish fast. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to more dollars. In fact, if anything, it’s become even harder for bands to make a living.

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Oakland art space drowning in City permit fees, asking for help

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Ideas,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 3:33 pm

NIMBY

SFGate.com In Oakland Blog by V Smoothe

It’s been quite the year for Oakland art space NIMBY.  After a fire last fall forced the West Oakland industrial art facility to close, NIMBY managers regrouped, raised a bunch of money , and a few months later, secured themselves a shiny new space in East Oakland. It looked like the story had a happy ending, and everyone celebrated, just a little bit too soon.

 

Doing the Broadway Shuttle ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Ideas,Music,Oakland Recreation — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:41 pm

from theOakBook.com

As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will soon link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.
As Jack London Square and Uptown become more popular destinations for drinking, dining, and entertainment, a new City service will link the two districts with a free, weekday shuttle running down Broadway between the waterfront and Grand Avenue.

The Broadway Shuttle is expected to begin early next year, and comes as Jack London Square seeks to become a regional culinary destination on a par with the Ferry Building in San Francisco or Pikes Place Market in Seattle. A $1 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District combined with $200,000 from Jack London Square Partners and $160,000 from downtown area redevelopment funds will pay for most of the shuttle’s first two years of operation.

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Huge thanks to all who gave to the Blogoaksphere Food Drive!

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Leaders and Activists,News — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:36 pm

ABetterOakland.com by V Smoothe

If you didn’t donate earlier this month, and are now wishing you had, go for it! The Food Bank set a goal of raising a total of $200,000 from their virtual food drive for the holiday season, and right now, they’re only at $123,541.53. So please, help if you can.

I also want to extend a huge thanks to all the bloggers who participated in the virtual food drive, either with posts asking their readers to donate or by placing donation buttons on their sidebars (and in several cases, both). It feels so nice to do something together. I’m hoping that next year we can do it again (or maybe pick a different cause to raise money for, who knows) and have even more blogs participate! Anyway, big thanks to participating blogs Living in the O, Future Oakland, City Homestead, Today in Montclair, Rebuilding Oaktown, Diary of an Oakland Shopgirl, Back to Oakland, Oakland Grown, and Welcome to the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood. I was totally terrified when I first set up the virtual food drive that nobody would donate and no other blogs would want to do it, so getting so much participation just thrilled me. Thank you all so much!

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Express Launches a New Beer and Live Music Venue

EastBayExpress.com by Robert Gannon

The East Bay Express is sticking its toe into the beer and entertainment business with the launch of EBX Bleeding Heart Lager and Club X. In keeping with the newspaper’s commitment to localism, the beer is brewed a few blocks from the Express’ office, and the 500-capacity club is conveniently located downstairs from the paper’s headquarters.

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