A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

San Jose Inside

This site is designed to encourage political debate, discussion and change in our city, started by people who value San Jose and are interested in her future and in this valley’s place in the state and nation.

Cactus Blog

Cactus Jungle, Nursery and Garden, offers many different types of cactus and succulents, low-water grasses, summer-drought bamboos, California natives and more. • Grown in Berkeley, California and around the East Bay • For San Francisco, Oakland and the SF Bay Area • From around the world Sustainable: We grow our plants using 100% Natural and Certified Organic fertilizers and ingredients in our soil mixes. Owners Hap Hollibaugh and Peter Lipson have been growing cactus and succulents for over 20 years, and since 1996 in Berkeley, California, San Francisco, and the SF Bay Area.

Oliveto Community Journal

Oliveto is a restaurant with varied interests and experiences. We opened in 1986, and are known (possibly only somewhat known) for being at or near the front of many ideas that later became more common practice (olive oil, salumi, extensive menu of quality house –made pastas, whole animals use, to name a few). We approach things with lots of energy and integrity, and we try not to take short cuts. We like to keep things fresh, and this web journal is our latest idea in that vein. It puts to use many of our interests, skills and experiences. In this new journal of stories, movies, cooking information and news we hope to give you an insider’s look at the workings of our restaurant community, of Oliveto, as a part of a larger community in which we live. We also think that we are entering a time when people want to actually know where their food comes from not just for wholesomeness and nutrition or for assigning it worth, but for the joy and satisfaction that can come of it—a fuller more connected life.

Grub Street San Francisco

Grub Street covers the San Francisco restaurant and dining scene with news about openings, closings, chefs, food trends, and more.

Vin Divine

VinDivine, what to drink, where to eat, what to buy and an all-around how-to guide for going through life, having a blast! VinDivine is a blog dedicated to food, wine, travel, gadgets and things to do, from San Francisco to New York City and beyond! email: info@vindivine.com twitter: http://twitter.com/vindivine

The Snitch

SF Weekly's news, politics and opinion blog.

Christine Sculati's blog

In this blog I highlight ideas, news and resources for nonprofit and community innovation. I feature examples of nonprofits, socially-responsible businesses and individuals driven by a vision for positive change in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Great Oakland Public Schools

Great Oakland Public Schools is a coalition of Oakland families, students, teachers, principals, nonprofit, community, and civic leaders united around a positive, student-centered, results-oriented, innovation-encouraging vision for public education in our city. Our mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to continue the successful education reforms in Oakland, further empower Oaklanders to influence education policy, and ensure that all students have access to quality school options in their neighborhood and throughout the city. We are committed to continuing and deepening the successful reforms that have made OUSD the most improved school district in the State of California over the last five years with API gains of 92 points. We will make an ongoing effort to include every school community in our activities and mailing list, and will collaborate with and monitor the decisions of school board and district leaders in alignment with our vision and beliefs about Oakland public schools. During the summer of 2009, we completed the latest draft of the Declaration of Community Beliefs and Visions for Oakland Public Schools after capturing the community feedback we received from previous drafts.

Eleanor: The UC Davis Human Rights Initiative Blog

Eleanor is the moderated group weblog of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative. Its role is to provide a space in which UC Davis faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students can explore the history and theory of human rights and share ongoing research about human rights-related issues and topics.

East Bay Conservative

East Bay Conservative takes a look at events in Oakland and the surrounding areas from a non-Leftist viewpoint. This does not necessarily mean we’re actually conservatives, as traditionally defined across the US. We’re not evangelical Christians, we’re pro-choice, and we’re not particularly fond of guns. That being said, we stand opposed the throngs of people in the Bay Area who can properly be called Leftists — those who believe things such as: * There is no reasonable maximum tax rate. The more you tax people, the better. * Government services generally, or always, work better than those provided by private industry. * Organic food is meaningfully better for people and/or the environment than regular food. * Schools should receive as much money as possible, and no one should ever ask what they use it for. * The homeless should never be regulated or constrained in any way.
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