A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

Forage Oakland

Forage Oakland is a project that- at its core- works to address how we eat everyday, and how everyone can benefit from viewing their neighborhood as a veritable edible map, considering what is cultivated in any given neighborhood and why, and what histories influence those choices. The gleaning of unharvested fruits; the meeting of new neighbors; the joy of the season's first hachiya persimmon (straight from your neighbor's backyard, no less); the gathering and redistribution of fruits that would otherwise be wasted- can be powerful and can work to create a new paradigm around how we presently think about food in our collective consciousness. Imagine gathering several friends for morning, midday, evening or weekend foraged city bicycle rides through your neighborhood.

All About George

I work at Bay Area News Group-East Bay’s Contra Costa Times, a 160,000-circulation newspaper that covers much of San Francisco’s East Bay. As the Times’ online coordinator, I offer best-practices advice on blogging and social media, moderate site forums, polls and reader-generated content; and create a daily “link and load” list of daily-buzz stories for budgeting awareness. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and earned a bachelor’s in mass communications (concentration in newspaper journalism) from Bowie State University. My first newspaper job (not counting several years as a Washington Post paperboy in Silver Spring, Md., and a year or so as editor-in-chief of Bowie State University’s Spectrum student newspaper) was a Chips Quinn Scholar internship at the Oakland Tribune. That led to schools and general-assignment/nightcops reporting stints with the Tri-Valley Herald in Pleasanton and a stint on ANG Newspapers’ universal copy desk as an editor and paginator; later came online copy-editor shifts at thestandard.com and salon.com. I joined the Times in 2001 as a copy editor and paginator and then as the paper’s first morning online reporter.

92510 East Bay Blog

If one mayor represented all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, that person's 2.5 million constituents would live in the country's fourth-largest city. And just as these East Bay counties are very different from the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Bay Express is a very different paper. From the international populations that make Oakland and Richmond so dynamic, to the ideological diversity that separates Berkeley from Walnut Creek, our readers are united by their love of a region that is second to nowhere in beauty, livability, intellectual firepower, and cosmopolitan charm. Every week, the Express provides these well-educated world travelers the only medium dedicated exclusively to them. From our authoritative cover stories; to our in-depth local reporting, arts and dining coverage; to the area's most comprehensive weekly calendar; the East Bay Express has been this vibrant region's leading voice since 1978.

Protect San Jose

This site is a collaborative effort of the men and women of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association along with neighborhood and community leaders from around San Jose who care about the safety of our neighborhoods. The views expressed on this site are those of the authors and should not necessarily be construed as the opinion of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, the San Jose Police Department, or the City of San Jose. Contributors to Protect San Jose include: * George Beattie, President, SJPOA * Jerry Brown, CA Attorney General * Helen Chapman, Neighborhood leader * Jim Cogan, President, Crime Stoppers Silicon Valley * Pete Constant, San Jose City Councilmember * Christian Hemingway, Former SJ City Council chief of staff and professional mediator * Kathleen Flynn, Professional mediator and community activist * Chris Kelly, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer * Bobby Lopez, Immediate Past President, SJPOA * Joseph McNamara, Former San Jose Chief of Police * Ed Rast, Neighborhood leader * Alberto Torrico, CA Assembly Majority Leader * Jim Unland, Vice President, SJPOA * and the men and women of the San Jose Police Department

Knife Catchers

A blog documenting the implosion of the largest housing bubble in US history, with a focus on Alameda real estate.

San Francisco Symphony

A blog from the San Francisco Symphony that provides updates about their concerts, musical analysis and famous musicians.

Our Sausalito

About OurSausalito.com We're out to radically redefine the concept of a Guidebook. We're shredding the old assumptions of the Frommer's and Fodor's of the world, and building a new, vibrant, living online guide that constantly changes to meet readers' needs. We are the journal of a passionate love affair between a place, the people who live here and those who come from around the world to visit. Not every town can inspire passion. Sausalito can.

The Berkeley Blog: Provocative Thinking From UC Berkeley

We created this interactive site to give voice to the ideas and opinions of our professors in a forum that encourages public comment. Our authors include more than 140 UC Berkeley professors and scholars who share their thoughts on topical national and global issues. As the nation searches for answers to a litany of burning questions and issues, the site serves as a virtual blackboard for the game-changing ideas pulsing around the Berkeley campus.

Political Blotter

Josh Richman covers state and federal politics for the Bay Area News Group – East Bay. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

The Front Steps

With over 400,000 unique readers annually, and more than 25,000 comments to date, theFrontSteps, is one of the most popular real estate blogs in San Francisco. You are not alone when reading or participating in this site, and your presence is felt and welcomed. theFrontSteps is written primarily by me, Alexander Clark. I am, in fact, an active, licensed real estate agent in San Francisco (license #01339386), and I’d be thrilled to represent you on your home purchase or sale. If you’ve already browsed this site, you’ll see I know considerably more about San Francisco’s market than most agents, and I’m not your typical “Realtor”. I’d be honored to put my expertise to work for you, and I can guarantee it will be a pleasurable experience.
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