A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

38th Notes

Niema "Renaissance" Jordan is an Oakland grown writer with a love for the arts and a passion for building healthy communities. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she did a short stint in New York after escaping Chicago winters. Now she is back in The Town and loving every minute. Constantly working towards her 10,000 hours, writing is her life. Niema's work can be found in the pages of national magazines like ESSENCE as well as renaissance20.blogspot.com. Check out her work at www.niemajordan.com.

42nd Street Moon

Since 1993 42nd Street Moon has been celebrating and preserving the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. Blogger and 42 St. Moon Founder, Greg MacKellan, and BlogMaster Elisa Camahort of Worker Bees hope to give you a backstage glimpse at the theatre and all of its activities, from putting on our staged concerts of "Lost" musicals, to our outreach programs.

511 Contra Costa

511 Contra Costa is your 411 on transportation information to work, school, or around town for all of Contra Costa County. We provide trip planning services for commuters and residents who need help planning their bicycle trip to work or school, as well as trip planning assistance with the various public transportation agencies in the area. Need to find your nearest Park-and-Ride lot or transit transfer station? Want to know how to get from one county to the next on public transit, or how you can help your Aunt Mary plan her trip from Santa Barbara to Martinez via the train? Whether you’re a cyclist, employer concerned about your employees’ commute, a commuter, school principal, or senior, we’ve got you covered with transportation information.

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.

A Better Oakland

I love this city. I know that Oakland has problems, but it also has an incredible amount of potential. I hope that we can become the “model city” that Mayor Dellums has promised. Unfortunately, we have a very long way to go, and many of our most politically active residents and elected officials seem to be more interested in feel-good nonsense than real solutions. In this space, I offer my personal commentary on our progress. I used to blog with dto510 at Future Oakland. You can read some of my older posts in the archives. I also cover local politics and development for the Oakbook.

A Mindful Life

First and foremost, understand that this is not a psychotherapy blog. Once I was a psychotherapist with a private practice in Austin, Texas. The blog began then and focused on psychology, therapy, and general well-being. When I moved to California in 2004, I moved on from the profession, and the blog became more personal in nature (although I try to cover my diverse interests). I’ve attempted to notify sites that linked to me as a therapist, but not all may have dropped my listing. There is a rising interest in the West in mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. At times, people reading this blog have mistaken me for a practitioner and claimed (or inferred) that because I use the word “mindful,” what I post here represents the face of Buddhism to the world.

A Piece of the Pie

This blog offers information for people who wonder how the heck they'll ever be able to buy property in the Bay Area.

A Progressive Alamedan

I realized recently that I had neglected to post the good news here, that although I narrowly missed being elected delegate to the California Democratic Party, I managed to snag an appointment by representative Sandré Swanson. All of our local state and federal elected officials have a few slots for delegate appointments, so I'm grateful to have had this opportunity to continue my quest.

Access Contra Costa

Access Contra Costa is about having a television presence in Contra Costa County. Access Contra Costa wants to create a community media center from already-designated capital funds paid by Comcast.

Action Alameda News

Shortform news items from and about the city of Alameda. "'News' is anything that anybody doesn't want somebody to know." We welcome letters from our readers. You can e-mail us at aanbletters@actionalameda.org

Actual Blog

Actual Cafe is a neighborhood coffee shop in North Oakland, located at the corner of San Pablo and Alcatraz Avenues. This blog started as a diary of the process of building the cafe, and has become a way to communicate with our friends and neighbors. Stay tuned here for ongoing news about the cafe. We're glad you stopped by.

Ad Astra Per Aspera

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony. - William Henry Channing

Alameda Free Library Blog

Book reviews from the staff at the Alameda Free Library. Check out their favorite books and thoughts about literature from a variety of genres.

Alameda Journal Blog

Life on the Island: Politics, school, commerce and distractions. Here you’ll find posts on Alameda almost (but not quite) every day. You’l also find links to other stories about Alameda published in the Alameda Journal.

Alameda Musings

Alameda is a charming island city and sometimes confused with the name of the county to which it belongs (Alameda!). Perhaps the city/county founders were so enamored of the name, they christened it twice (along the lines of New York, NY?) But I digress … As a long time resident, I have watched the city evolve over the years in an attempt to keep pace with the ever changing times. Whilst change can be good, it has certainly not been easy for Alameda as witnessed by the passionate debates over growth vs. preservation. This blog will attempt to chronicle some facets about life in Alameda and perhaps this might help explain why there is no other place quite like it in the entire bay area. I am at: alameda.blog@gmail.com

Alameda Point Environmental Report

Welcome to the Alameda Point Environmental Report covering environmental cleanup, parks, and open space issues at the former Naval Air Station – Alameda, in Alameda, California. The goal of this blog is to inform about environmental cleanup issues that are often weighed down by a mountain of technical data, and to bring more public awareness, and thus action, about the great potential for creating a legacy of public open space.

Alameda Point Info

We are an informal group of Alameda friends and neighbors who began sharing emails and links about the former Naval Air Station, the SunCal Corporation and its ballot initiative to redevelop Alameda Point. We were soon buried in information about it all. After putting in a lot of time and effort in finding answers to our questions, we decided to build a website and make it available to everyone in the community. We hope that you find it useful!

Alameda, CA Restaurants

The intention of this blog is for people to post their own food experiences or stories of restaurants, cafes or diners in Alameda, CA. One person could potentially eat at every single food establishment in Alameda since the city is still quite small, but I have not come across that special person just yet.

Alemany Farm

Alemany Farm is a 4.5 acre working organic farm in southeastern San Francisco. The Farm is collaboratively managed by volunteers, San Francisco city officials, and residents of the Alemany community. Friends of Alemany Farm (FoAF) is a volunteer-managed project sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust. We are dedicated to working hand-in-hand with the surrounding community to increase food security and support environmental education for all San Francisco residents. FoAF oversees organic food production at the site, offers workshops and educational courses, coordinates the volunteer efforts, manages a free neighborhood produce delivery, and hosts field trips for children and adults.

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.

All City

All City is all about photography – specifically San Francisco urban photography – with an occasional photo from other parts of the earth (and someday beyond!). But what truly binds us together is San Francisco proper and its many personalities, from tourist kitsch to ocean beaches, soaring skylines to urban decay. We hope that you will join us — and our friends — as we travel around the city and shed light on its many corners.

All I Know

Richard Friedman lives in Oakland, CA, works as a tech writer in Silicon Valley, is a Director of Other Minds, wrote his first computer program in 1962 for the IBM 650. It played dice. He is also a ham radio (AG6RF) operator, and he also takes a lot of photographs, composes music, and does a weekly radio program on KALW called Music From Other Minds. He is not Kinky.

All Shook Down

SF Weekly's art, music and culture blog.

All Voices

allvoices is a global community that shares news, videos, images and opinions tied to news events and people. It is the first true people’s media. It's a place where individuals from all over the world can share what is happening where they are (location) at a particular point in time. allvoices then brings together multiple voices or points of view via news stories, videos, images and blogs from the Internet, to provide context and build momentum. The platform provides the community with the ability to search and navigate a news event by location and category, to share and to have a discussion around it, to emotionally connect with each other’s perspectives and complete the human story. allvoices is an open and highly relevant social media site "unedited by humans", where anyone can report and add their voice from anywhere.

An Alameda Garden

I'm an Alameda native with a deep appreciation for the joys of gardening in sandy soil and a Mediterranean climate. This is where I share my gardening successes and frustrations (of which there are many), as well as news of gardening events and developments in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anna's Cool Finds

Anna lives in Mill Valley California and enjoys writing about her food and travel adventures in and out of Marin County. "...what I would like to capture aren't thoughts but the scent of my happiness!" - Jacques Henri Lartique "There is more to life than increasing its speed." - Mahatma Gandhi

Around Dublin

As proud new home owners who are excited about Dublin’s impressive achievements and vast potential, we started to read the Staff Reports, follow City Council meetings, and consult Dublin’s City Staff to learn more about the many exciting developments throughout this beautiful emerald city of Northern California. Once we realized that other residents would be interested in the information we have collected and digested, we started this website to share what we know, evaluate each project on its own and in the greater context of the city, and provide a forum for interested residents to contribute their perspectives.

Artshift San Jose

This collection of reviews, topical articles and artist’s profiles is where you want to be if you are an artist, art collector or art lover in San Jose and Silicon Valley. This is where you will find the most art news and discussion of exhibitions, art issues and controversy, and of course, artists. We want to fill the great void of media coverage that surrounds the visual arts in our area.

Back to Oakland

When Anna and I were first dating in the mid-1970s we lived in Oakland and occasionally went dancing with friends from the theatre where we performed during the summer. (Woodminster Theatre in Joaquin Miller park.) There was a club down near the Oakland coliseum that allowed those of us who were not yet 21 to dance to the funky music that was popular in Oakland at that time. One of the groups setting the tone for the Eastbay music scene in the 1970s was Tower of Power. They released an album in 1974 called Back to Oakland, and when we decided to move back to our old stomping grounds, I thought it would be fitting to pay homage to that record by naming this humble blog after the album. There’s some good music on the disc. Check it out!

Baseball Oakland

They fought their owner, and they fought each other. They wore their hair long, grew big mustaches and wore the loudest uniforms possible. Oh, yeah, they also were the greatest baseball dynasty since Casey Stengel's Yankees of the 1950s, winning the World Series in three consecutive years. We're talking, of course, about "The Mustache Gang" -- the nickname of the Oakland A's of the early 1970s. They were led by eccentric owner Charlie O. Finley and his smart, dutiful cousin Carl Finley, who ran the threadbare front office while doing the work of a dozen men. The team also featured future Hall of Famers, such as Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson and manager Dick Williams, along with legendary pitcher Vida Blue (who should be in the Hall).

Bay Area Bites

Bay Area Bites is part of KQED's Blog Authors Collaborative. Blog contributors and commentators are solely responsible for their content. If you're interested in writing or contributing to a blog on kqed.org, email us with your idea. Bay Area Bites, KQED's aggregate food blog, is dedicated to providing a variety of food-related information from the Bay Area and beyond. BAB bloggers are culinary professionals, food writers, and cookbook editors. Many have local food blogs of their own. Blogger profiles are online so you can learn more about each BAB contributor. KQED advocates citizen media and has started aggregate blogs to provide a forum for alternative, non-mainstream points of view, including those of the user. BAB is committed to providing accurate and honest information. Posts are based on individual bloggers' opinions. These perspectives are not necessarily the opinions of KQED. KQED Interactive supports BAB bloggers' contributions and has provided ethical and stylistic guidelines for them to follow.

Bear Insider

The Bear Inside has become the blog affiliated with ESPN for Cal sports. It provides a set of moderated forums for Cal fans to discuss all things Bears sports.

Beatmixed

Matt Hite is a San Francisco bay area based DJ and remixer. His work has been featured on albums and compilations including The Best Mashups in the World Ever Are From San Francisco Pt. 1 and 2, Razormaid, and Portishead Remixed. Radio mix shows across the globe have also showcased his productions, including OUIFM, DC101, Live 105, KWOD 106, and SIRIUS satellite radio. He occasionally finds his way into print, including the UK’s Guardian, Now Playing Magazine, and San Francisco Magazine. Matt has also been sighted performing behind the decks at events such as Kinky Salon, Bootie, Pop Roxx, and New Wave City. Beatmixed is his blog which covers remix culture and showcases his own work as a mashup artist and producer.

Berkeley Afoot

Walking can be a form of transportation, a means of meditation or exercise, or a great way to explore a community. Writer/photographer Keith Skinner offers intimate glimpses of Berkeley life, in word and image, as well as reflections on the joys and challenges of a modern urban walker.

Berkeley Blog

Sylvia Paull entered the technology revolution when she accidentally applied for a job with Software Ventures, developers of the first commercial telecom software for the Macintosh called MicroPhone. She was soon elected to the board of BMUG, started hosting parties for Will Hearst III, John C. Dvorak, and Jerry Pournelle at Comdex (a pre-blogger event), and eventually started her own parties, known as Cybersalons (www.berkeleycybersalon.com). An independent high-tech publicist and velvet feminist, she started Gracenet, a group for women in high tech (www.gracenet.net), and various other groups revolving around her desires to eat out, take long walks, and shake things up.

Berkeleyside

The hyperlocal blog for Berkeley, covering news, resources, debates, the arts and anything of local interest. Berkeleyside welcomes story ideas, photos, videos and commentaries on any aspect of Berkeley. Contact us through tips@berkeleyside.com.

Beyond Chron

Welcome to Beyond Chron, the Voice of the Rest. We provide coverage of political and cultural issues often distorted or ignored by the Bay Area's largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. Beyond Chron presents a critical look at the cutting edge issues of the day. Beyond Chron is published by the San Francisco-based Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Clinic Director Randy Shaw is the paper's editor. Shaw is a longtime San Francisco activist who has published three books on activism, The Activist's Handbook, Reclaiming America, and his new work, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. The University of California Press published all three books. Paul Hogarth is Beyond Chron's managing editor. Hogarth is an activist and attorney who has been both a college journalist and a former elected official in Berkeley.

Blogging Bayport Alameda

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. — Edward R. Murrow

Burrito Justice

Burritos, taco trucks, The Mission, technology, Macs, iPhones, Canada — so much to discuss.

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.

Calendar Swamp

If we're ever going to share calendars, we have to insist on interoperability between them all. Let's drain the swamp!

California Beat

California Beat is a website about the people, places and things of the San Francisco Bay Area.

California Golden Blogs

Updates about the latest Cal football games. Check out key game highlights and news about up-and-coming players and new coaches.

Casa Decrepit

One of the most common sorts of questions we get about this house is its history. The house was built in 1876 by a man named Robert M. Holt, and is listed in the City of Alameda historical society as the Robert M. Holt House even though he doesn't live here any more. The style is Italianate, which is said like "ital-yan-ate" rather than the "ital-ee-ahn-tay" we hear a lot of people say. 1876 is the very very tail end of the Italianate period in Victorian houses, which was centered in the 1850's, so this house was very conservative in style when it was built. It was originally, like most Italianate houses, painted entirely white to look like stonework. Robert M. Holt was an architect/builder (they were the same thing back then) and built several other houses on the island, including a bunch of identical Victorians further down the island. At the time he built this house he owned the entire block and presumably several others that he developed.

Central Station

Updates about festivals, events, and news in Downtown Oakland.

Chez Pim

Pim grew up in Bangkok, was shipped off to study in other places, and somehow found herself living and loving it in the San Francisco Bay Area. She quit her Silicon Valley job in 2005 to pursue a career in food: the writing, reporting, and basically anything interesting thereof that comes her way. Her recipes, writings, and photographs have since appeared in the New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit magazine. She's also moonlighted as a judge on Iron Chef America. Chez Pim chronicles her globetrotting adventures –and misadventures- in the world of all things edible, from vibrant street-side fares in Asia to the refined world of Three Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. Pim also cooks a mean pot of curry.

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.

Christopher Null

Christopher Null has been an entertainment and technology writer and editor for more than 17 years. Null founded Filmcritic.com in 1995 and has worked as Editor-in-Chief of Mobile magazine, Editor-in-Chief of New Architect, Executive Editor of Smart Business (formerly PC Computing) magazine, and Managing Reviews Editor of LAN Times magazine. Today he can be found blogging daily for Yahoo! Tech. As a freelance and staff writer, Chris has penned entertainment, business, and high-tech pieces for Wired, Business 2.0, PC World, Men’s Journal, San Francisco Magazine, Yahoo! Internet Life, Working Woman, Maximum PC, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman, and numerous other publications.

Coastside Life

Provides real estate tips for Bay Area residents and a steady stream of local events. Take in some home advice and learn about local construction projects.

Coastsider

Coastsider covers coastal San Mateo County, from Devil's Slide to the Santa Cruz County line. We're based in Montara, and focus principally on news in Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, and Half Moon Bay. But we're also interested in Pescadero, La Honda, and the Southcoast. The subjects we're most interested in are community, planning and development, and the coastal environment.

Contra Costa Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). They are residents of a local community who have an active interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by the UCCE, and now share their knowledge with other members of that community. They provide University of California research-based horticultural information to the citizens of California through their volunteer efforts as Master Gardeners. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.

Cooking With Amy

Hi! I'm Amy Sherman, a San Francisco–based cookbook author, food writer and recipe developer. I launched the blog, Cooking with Amy, in 2003. Not long after it was chosen one of the top five food blogs by Forbes and also singled out by The Guardian (UK) as a top food blog. It has received over 2 million visits. On the blog I offer original recipes, reviews, commentary, news and culinary travel information. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoy writing and sharing my discoveries. I am honored that my blog is listed as a “Site we Love” by Saveur, linked to as a favorite by Cooking Light, Epicurious, Good Housekeeping and Redbook among others and was “blog of the day” on the Julie & Julia movie web site. I write for various magazines, including Cheers, where I write about food and beverage pairing. I also write about trends and culinary travel for Epicurious, write restaurant reviews for SF Station (a local city guide) and was a weekly contributor at KQED’s food blog, Bay Area Bites for over five years. I was also contributing editor at Glam and wine and spirits writer at Project Foodie. I am the author of Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and Wine Passport: Portugal (SmartsCo) and wrote the introduction to a recent reprint of the classic Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book.

Cooking With the Single Guy

Single Asian male living in the SF Bay Area. Self-taught home cook, into sharing recipes and reviews. Loves traveling and discovering new food. Seeks like-minded foodies.

Crazy in Suburbia

Scratching beneath the shiny, happy surface of a California suburb (Walnut Creek).

Cupcake Bakeshop By Chockylit

Cheryl Porro – software quality engineer by day, erstwhile baker for hire by night – stumbled upon the world of food blogs through a forwarded link, sent by a friend, admirer, and consumer of Cheryl’s baking experiments. A few hours of surfing later, the rest was history… Although a devoted baker since the age of 13, Cheryl simply wasn’t ready to abandon the reliable world of software for the high-stakes game of owning a bakery. But the creativity, the exchange, and the inspiration she found among this community of food bloggers – this was just the outlet she needed! In short order, Cheryl signed up for her very own blog, and Cupcake Bakeshop was born that fateful day in March 2005. Baking, namely cupcakes, has since taken residence in Cheryl’s day-to-day life. Cupcake Bakeshop has evolved into a place to experiment, inspire, create, and share her work with others. Cheryl continues to lead a double-life as an amateur baker and full-time professional software quality engineer, with a degree in chemical engineering. She has also become a dedicated food blogger and amateur food photographer (her main client being herself). Cheryl lives in San Francisco with her musician husband, new baby, and sensitive Boston terrier and can be found during her lunch breaks at the Ferry Building Marketplace coveting pricey ingredients. About the Blog Cupcakeblog.com is about – you guessed it – cupcakes. More specifically each post features a unique cupcake recipe created by Cheryl Porro and accompanied by her own photography. The recipes on Cupcakeblog.com reflect Cheryl’s food philosophy – think slow food meets sweets. Cupcakeblog.com has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle food section (print and web), in the San Francisco edition of The Onion (print only), in the fall 2007 edition of Adorn Magazine (print only), on Yahoo! 9 Web TV (the 9th story), as a Yahoo! Pick, in Yahoo! Buzz (the ‘cool’ link), and in the Wall Street Journal Online blog watch.

Curbed SF

In San Francisco, it all comes back to our neighborhoods: where we live, where we work, where we eat, and where we play. First launched in 2006, Curbed has been at the center of the virtual city, covering real estate sales, rental prices, and news-making deals. We also track the newest developments in architecture and design while keeping up with the hottest restaurants, via our sister site Eater SF, and the latest neighborhood gossip—it's all on Curbed, because this is where you live. Curbed SF is the third of the Curbed sites, which also include Curbed NY and Curbed LA, and part of the Curbed Network, a collection of neighborhood blogs. Our other sites are the restaurant blog Eater, the retail and fashion blog Racked and, during the summer season, The Beach, which covers the Hamptons.

Cyrus Farivar

Cyrus Farivar is a freelance technology journalist, a freelance radio reporter/producer, and is a wanderlust geek who lives in the city of Oakland, California. Previously, he has lived in Lyon (France), Saint-Louis (Senegal), Melbourne (Australia), and in a small village 20 km from Geneva (Switzerland). He is currently working on a book, The Internet of Elsewhere, about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea. It is due out from Rutgers University Press in 2011. He regularly reports for National Public Radio, The World (WGBH/PRI/BBC), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Davis, CA

Life in Davis, California. This blog is by Jonathan Eisen, a Professor at U. C. Davis and resident of Davis, CA. I hope to post here about general aspects of life in Davis and in the surrounding areas (e.g., Yolo County, Sacramento, etc).

Defending Measure Y

I'm a Berkeley native but I have been living in Oakland for the past 10 years. This blog is devoted to informing the public and keeping those that are interested up to date on my lawsuit against the City over Measure Y. I am a lawyer and I have been representing myself in this action. I graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1992. In my day job, I represent public entities, including school districts and community college districts. However, the lawsuit I have filed has nothing to do with my job. I hate corrupt, lying and insincere politicians. I love my neighborhood and I believe Oakland has great potential. I also love fighting for things I believe in.

Discover the Dimond

Nestled between Oakmore, Glenview, and Lincoln Heights neighborhoods, this district is a hidden gem. The Dimond District is conveniently located between the 580 Fwy. & the 13 Fwy., and accessible by multiple bus lines. The business district offers a variety of retail stores, restaurants and services with free public parking off Fruitvale Ave on Bienati Way, left at the Shell Station. The Dimond Branch Library is located on Fruitvale Ave. and is adjacent to Dimond Park. On leash dog walking is permitted along El Centro Trailhead, with access from Fruitvale Ave. left on Waterhouse Ave. left on El Centro Ave. Enjoy the beauty of Sausal Creek along with the recent restoration of native plants. Dimond Park provides the community with a recreational pool, picnic tables, Bar-B-Que Grills, and tennis courts. Explore all the Dimond has to offer.

Disinformation Rehab

Debunking politicos, spin, and propaganda since 2003.

Ear Bud

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.

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.

Eater SF

Eater is the source for people who care about dining and drinking in the nation's most important food cities. A favorite of industry pros and amateurs alike, Eater has an uncanny knack for finding out what's opening where, who's serving what, and how it's all going down. Since its launch in New York in 2005, Eater has opened its doors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland OR, and Miami. And Eater National brings Eater's signature coverage to parts far and wide, with beefed-up reporting on celebrity chefs, reality TV, and national dining trends.

Egghead

Egghead is a blog about research by, with or related to UC Davis. Comments on posts are welcome, as are tips and suggestions for posts. General feedback may be sent to Andy Fell. This blog is created and maintained by UC Davis University Communications, and mostly edited by Andy Fell.

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.

Fat Bottom Bakery

Fat Bottom Bakery Oakland, California, United States Fat Bottom Bakery is a project started by Carolynn and Ashley in Oakland, Ca-- the manifestation of our desire to spread delicious, cute, cruelty-free things to the world. Keep up with us through our blog and look around town-- you'll be seeing us around at shows, Pride, parks, parties, and maybe even farmer's markets!

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 35 years. We provide food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distributed 12.6 million pounds last year! The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. The work could not get done without the help of the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time to coordinate food drives, sort and pack the food, and help distribute it to their hungry neighbors.

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.

Full Circle Farm

Full Circle Farm is a small, organic farm 7 miles west of Davis, Ca. In 2005 the land was entrusted to a few UCD alumni who created Full Circle Farm through their hard work and dedication. The farm is now managed cooperatively by a new group of food and agricultural enthusiasts, who are also UCD alumni. We offer a CSA to approx. 20 members. We also raise free-range chickens for eggs, various animals for meat, a steer in training to be an ox, and goats for fun. In addition to the CSA we also supply small, specialty orders for local restaurants. Frequently we have students visting the farm and visitors are always welcome. We like to save our own seeds and keep bees.

Funk Town Farm Blog

We are Funk Town Farm, a community garden located in the area known to locals as “funk town” in East Oakland. The garden was started in 2008 behind 219 East 15th Street at 3rd Avenue and two blocks up from Lake Merrit. We are a group of novice and experienced gardeners who want to grow our own produce (and flowers) to use and sell at a sliding scale farm stand on Sunday mornings. We also raise chickens for eggs, as well as involve the community in “sponsoring a chicken” and composting. We want to provide our neighbors with the opportunity to have fresh organic fruit, veggies and eggs no matter what their socioeconomic status may be. Unlike most community gardens we garden together on our lot and share the produce. Each hours work = one basket of produce.

Future Oakland

In the present, Oaklanders make decisions that shape the future. This blog comments on those decisions from the perspective of a real estate and marketing consultant who lives in Old Oakland and grew up in Rockridge.

Ghost Town Farm

A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist. I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. My journalistic work reflects my interests–in farming, food, the environment, and culture. In a nutshell, I like to tell stories about people who follow unconventional paths.

Grand Lake Neighbors

Grand Lake Neighbors is a group of volunteers working together to preserve and improve the Grand Lake district of Oakland, California. Our mission is threefold: * Communication – Sharing information and keeping each other informed about issues in our area. * Solving problems – Tapping into the incredible talent in our neighborhood to address specific problems. * Effecting change – Being an agent for improving our quality of life. We work with neighborhood groups and individuals to tackle issues such as: * Public safety * Noise * Attracting new retail merchants * Supporting existing businesses * Local cultural events * Beautification and streetscape improvements * Building Neighborhood Watch block groups * Traffic * Parking

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.

Greenerati

Blog about green real estate and lifestyle in San Francisco. Provides updates about local green events, film screenings, and meetings.

Growing a Garden in Davis

Finding a quiet place to live... where I can learn more about myself, the world, and people around me through my passions...gardening, reading, learning and now...grandmothering!

Grub Street San Francisco

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

Half Moon Bay Blog

An ideal place for suggestions on activities, restaurants and events, this is the perfect starting point in planning your visit to this wonderful part of California!

Halfway to Concord

California Political News, Contra Costa and East Bay News & Politics

Humorlessbitch

This is one tag-driven blog, oh yes. (492, at last count). I suppose you could say I am one tag-driven writer, but in fact there are so many fascinating associations between all these great people and moments and the vast collection of asshats, the web is really tag heaven. I write, not for a living, thank god, but for my own sanity’s sake. To think, which is to say, to write your thinking is to order it and, usually, discover something new. Truth is, the outer situation improves not one bit … but the mind loves thinking, everything feels a tad more orderly and understood after the act of writing.

I Live Here: SF

i live here:SF is an open invitation to San Francisco residents to enjoy and participate in, sharing many facets of life in this city with each other and the world at large. The project was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Julie Michelle is one of the founding members of the photographic collective CALIBER. Her website is femmefotographie.com. Her writing and personal blog is julieliveshere.com. Julie is also the photographer for the band Magic Christian.

In Alameda

This is an SFGate.com In Alameda Blog. These blog posts are not written or edited by SFGate or the San Francisco Chronicle. The authors are solely responsible for the content. Blog posts by Alamedans about events and news in their area.

In Oakland

Oakland blog that aggregates local news, your blogs, and your photos. Also offers a calendar of local events and a cool app that helps you find restaurants in the Oakland area.

Infospigot: The Chronicles

Dan Brekke: "In the news business since 1972, longer now than some of my colleagues have been alive, and I'm still learning." One journalist's take on everyday life in the Bay Area.

Inside San Francisco Real Estate

Tips, trends and insights on San Francisco real estate from the trenches. A great blog for buyers and sellers who appreciate a dose of transparency in their real estate information. Blogger Eileen Bermingham has been in residential real estate sales for the past 7+ years, and has plenty to say about it.

Inside Scoop SF

Inside Scoop SF is a one-stop source for the latest restaurant coverage in the Bay Area and beyond. Here\'s where you’ll find real-time reporting on restaurant openings, juicy chef buzz, hot-button dining issues and more, updated throughout the day. In the Voices section, prestigious food folks share insights and expertise. San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer offers candid thoughts in his Between Meals blog, and wine editor Jon Bonne writes about all things related to beverages.

Irene Walks Alameda

I fell in love with Alameda in 1974 on the first day we drove through the "Tube" on to Webster Street, and have been walking Alameda streets nearly every day since then. The city is a treat for the eyes and the imagination. Here is what I see...

Island-Life

We seek to promote and develop music, arts, and cultural activity in the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area with special focus upon the East Bay by reporting on selected events and activity as whim and whimsy offers.

Knife Catchers

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

Kristendish

Kristen enjoys working as a consultant dietitian in a variety of capacities including policy development for sustainable food and health initiatives at UC Berkeley, nutrition consulting for patients and care givers, menu planning at hospitals and child care centers, as well as creation of public relations materials for healthcare services. She originates from the Northern California coastline and received her BS in dietetics from UC Berkeley then went on to obtain a Masters in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University. Kristen resides in San Francisco where she enjoys exploring the local food scene on foot and experimenting with goods harvested nearby. She currently acts as President-Elect for the Bay Area Dietetics Association, eZine Editor for the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition subgroup of the American Dietetics Association, and Co-Chair for Slow Food East Bay. Kristen has a strong passion for nutrition and food sustainability and believes a healthy lifestyle necessitates the enjoyment of great food.

Lincoln Ct.

Seeking to design & develop internet software, create tools & utilities for processing & presenting information, provide coding & technical support to local small businesses & other professionals. Skilled programmer in Java and PostScript; working at Database Design and Website Development using Filemaker and Dreamweaver. Currently designing electronic maps and diagrammatic forms, and writing PHP/MySQL on Mac OS X. Enjoy Hiking & Biking, Camping; play Chess; practice Oneironautics. Once enthusiastic about paragliding and aviation in general, I now dream of earning a private pilot’s license to explore North America from the air.

Livermore Links | Livermore News

Livermore Links is a hyperlocal Livermore news blog dedicated to the Tri-Valley’s largest city, the home of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Altamont Pass, the World's Fastest Rodeo, some of the oldest wineries in the state, and the longest burning lightbulb ever. Livermore Links is run by Livermore residents, for Livermore residents. Comment away and use Livermore Links as a place to connect with other residents of your hometown. We can be reached via email at livermorenews[at]yahoo[dot]com with your news tips, press releases, questions, or general comments. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Lives of the Dead

A blog about Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.

Living in the O

I recently wrote a blog post listing some of what I consider to be essential Oakland experiences. I added to that original list some suggestions provided by my blog readers, and now I intend to go through the list and blog about each of these experiences. As I blog about them, I’ll update this page with links to the corresponding blog posts and it will be easy to tell what I’ve done because I’ll mark them in bold and move them to the top of the list.

Living Labs Project Blog

Living Labs Project aims to connect youth to their ecosystems, their communities, and their own abilities through hands-on learning experiences. By facilitating unique ecological regeneration projects, or ‘Living Labs,’ we engage young people to create and enjoy vital outdoor spaces. Educators, family, and local community members share in our process and our enthusiasm for environmental stewardship. It is our hope that the young people who learn and play with us outdoors will inspire many others with the passions and skills they have nurtured.

LivinintheLoin

livinintheloin is: a) a tree hugger b) an activist / volunteer in The Tenderloin c) a cartoon character d) car-free e) On the NOM/TCBD Board f) All of the above Basically, a regular guy that’s been in the area for about a decade, in SF for 6 years. Last summer, ‘07, I bought a condo in the Tenderloin — the American dream. From the perspective of a guy who had actually only been downtown a few times — the “dream” was initially more like a psycho-nightmare. Uh, what is that smell? Look at that, a guy using a car mirror to inject (I dunno) into his neck.

Make Oakland Better Now!

After MOBN! had its budget meeting, took votes there and then surveyed its membership electonically, the results were clear: * Hands off the police department; * The city can’t fix this its fiscal problemswith program reductions; * City salaries and benefits are out of control; * Fixing these problem will take broad-based, across the board personnel cost reductions in every department.

Marin County Free Library Blog

Stay up to date on what's happening at the Library, best-selling books, great websites, book clubs, author appearances, and more!

Marin Mommies

Marin Mommies was developed and launched by Pamela Fox in January, 2007. A stay-at-home mom of two small children, Pamela grew up in San Rafael, and currently lives in Novato. It is her hope that Marin Mommies will be a place for moms (and dads, too) to come together to learn, advise, discuss, and share tips and resources with other parents in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area—and anywhere else, for that matter. Much of the content in Marin Mommies is specific to the Bay Area and Marin County, but much will be of interest to parents everywhere!

Marin Retail Buzz

Think of West Marin and you think of rolling hills and wild beaches, with some farmland, a few small villages and a lot of national parkland. And while West Marin contains more than half of Marin County's land, it is home to just 3% of the county's population. The size of the retail sector is quite small. According to the West Marin Chamber of Commerce's business directory there are 14 retail stores in West Marin, with a similar number of places to eat and drink (for some reason this list doesn't include any stores in Bolinas or Stinson Beach).

MDUSD Parents: Get Involved for Change NOW!

A blog for parents of the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Offers a forum for parents to discuss their concerns about school policies and also provides updates about school meetings and board decisions.

Meet Downtown Oakland!

Discover the buzz that has invigorated Oakland’s vibe. Downtown has burst onto the nightlife scene in a big way. Scores of new restaurants, clubs and venues have sprung up and more are on the way. These pages are your essential guide to downtown Oakland hot spots. 75 restaurants and cafés. 33 galleries and cultural venues. 40 clubs and bars. 32 major attractions and events. One happening downtown.

Mission Loc@l

Mission Loc@l believes that by covering a neighborhood fairly and thoroughly, we can build community and a sustainable model for quality journalism. As part of that effort, we seek collaboration and experimentation that will serve the community we cover and journalism. In the Mission District that means being a bilingual site and using print, multimedia and video to deliver information that offers diverse residents a way to connect and stay informed. The site launched in October 2008, opened an office in the Mission District in January and many of us are Mission residents. The project is part of an initiative in hyper-local coverage developed by UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and supported by the school, the Ford Foundation and other donors. Our aim is to become a self-sustaining model for public private partnerships that involve journalism schools, private foundations and community supporters. This summer’s staff includes five interns from UC Berkeley, one intern from SF State and a visiting scholar from Mexico. We also participate in collaborations to mentor young journalists.

Mission Mission

Saluting San Francisco's Mission District. Quote from the SF Bay Guardian: "Politics! Culture! Real-time crime reports! Drunken hipsters! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the gory and dramatic details of the proposed American Apparel store, suss out the latest renegade Sparks-and-empanada-flavored ice cream food cart location, revel in random pics of burnt mattresses on the sidewalk, or mock the Ritual Roasters laptop rodeo, of course you turn to the Mission Mission blog, our one-click West Coast answer to Brooklyn Vegan, Hipster Runoff, and Lookbook. "

MOG

MOG -- www.mog.com -- is the place to get the music content you crave. With thousands of contributions from music lovers and the top 300 music blogs that make up our network, MOG generates over 6,000 music blog posts per week, all hand-curated to deliver the web's best daily music newspaper. MOG makes it easy to dig deep and find up-to-date information on your favorite artist, album, or song by searching our archive of hundreds of thousands of blog posts. Sign up for MOG and get personalized music recommendations and blog posts designed and chosen just for you. Subscribe to your favorite artist on MOG and get instant updates. And if you've got something to say, come say it where 5.5 million music lovers per month will hear you.

Mr. Oakland

I love Oakland and have loved it for as long as I can remember. As a young child living in The Haight, my fondest memories were the "trips" across The Bay to see my Aunt Carol. Ok. She wasn't my real aunt, but she and my Mom were true "sisters". Fairyland, Knowland Park, I. Magnin, Jack London Square, Doggie Diner, and Capwell's ? The only thing better was one of those sunshine-laced days to make it a perfect day. I even decided to attend high school here. I couldn't get enough! My Blog will be devoted to all things Oakland; especially the revival of Downtown. I live Downtown. I work Downtown. I love in Downtown. It is my goal to have as many Oakland Lovers live in Downtown as possible.

Muni Diairies

Muni Diaries is a place to share and read rider tales and news about the sometimes crappy, sometimes efficient, but essential public-transit system of San Francisco. Saw something hilarious on a ride? Grossed out by bad Muni etiquette? Checked out the same hot thang on the bus every day this week and didn’t get up the nerve to smile? The idea is: If you have something to say about a ride, about a route, or even about politics surrounding public transit in the city, Muni Diaries is your forum to let the world know.

My Organic Day

My Organic Day is a blog that was created in 2006 by Christine (Lin) Patel with a passion for sustainable, green living with a focus on organic food and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been an advisor for Om Organics, a nonprofit dedicated to local and organic products and services in the Bay Area and also a volunteer walking tourguide for Cityguides, a nonprofit dedicated to tours in San Francisco. You can contact me at christine<at>myorganicday.com. I hope you enjoy the blog!

Myrtle Street Review

The Myrtle Street Review is a West Oakland-based blog about slightly sideways things. Or slightly sideways reactions to things. It is written by Susanna Varestus. You can send feedback and ideas for things to write about by email.

N-Judah Chronicles

I run the popular "N Judah Chronicles" website, where I write about San Francisco urban life from the perspective of a daily MUNI rider. The blog was voted by San Franciscans as "Best Local Blog" in 2008, and has received recognition locally since 2005.

Niners Nation

A blog that provides the latest updates about 49ers football. Highlights, game analysis, and stats right at your fingertips. Hardcore fans even have the opportunity to post their own thoughts about the latest games in the "fanposts" section.

Noe Valley SF

A hyper-local guide to Noe Valley ... with attitude.

O it was lost for ever! and we found it not

Community Weblog for art, music, writing and everything else, based in the East Bay, California. Includes reviews and local life in the bay area, as well as travel and nonsense. CONTRIBUTORS TO THE GREATER INNER ITWASLOST.ORG COMMUNITY S. Sandrigon (Berkeley, California) - Imaginary American poet & hymnist, Archpope of Transubstantiation for the Mimosas Witnesses. Beautiful Poetry Books at scribd. Grainne Proinseas (now in Oakland, California) - Politics & Fashion Consultant, Live at Gracemarlier.com Olaf Mary Mohammad (also currently in Oakland, California) - Theosophic Illuminations, Mixer of Mix Tapes Were Lost Cosmo Wernicky (recently relocated to Oakland, California) - Mycologist-in-residence & naughty illustrations Mr Quill (The Big Little, Bulgaria) - Literary Analrapy & Baseball, Special Forgotten Bulgarious Correspondent Mr Brains Aha! (Seattle, Washington) - Secretary of the Department of Nonviolent Nondriving, Soccer & Roshambo. Tomorrow Jenny Ruth (The Navigator's Islands) - Once & Future Travel Correspondent Follow @itwaslost on the twitters.

Oakland Crimespotting

Oakland Crimespotting is an interactive map of crimes in Oakland, CA, and a better way of understanding crime in cities. This project is not affiliated with the City of Oakland or the Oakland Police Department, but we do use data published on CrimeWatch, the City’s community crime mapping website. There are several things to do here: Explore maps, browse crime reports by day and by type, and sign up to receive e-mail alerts and RSS feeds for crime reports in your neighborhood. Information about site updates and new features can be found on our blog, blog.crimespotting.org.

Oakland Effect

Blog documenting the impacts of violence in Oakland. Created by Scott Johnson, who is the Oakland Tribune's Violence Reporting Fellow, an investigative position funded by the California Endowment. Johnson will be with the Tribune for a full year, reporting on a wide range of issues, including those related to the impacts of violence on the mental health of Oakland residents.

Oakland Geology

I’m Andrew Alden. My main gig is at About.com, where I cover the Earth sciences as the Geology Guide. But my city of Oakland is full of interest too, and since I tramp around it a lot I reserved this spot to think locally. I’m also “aboutgeology” on Twitter.

Oakland Grown

Shopping locally-owned and independent not only preserves our unique Oakland flavor, but it's better for the economy and environment.

Oakland Local

Oakland Local is a news & community blog for Oakland that combines reported stories, blog posts & news and events from over 35 community and nonprofit partners. Updated several times a day, OL takes a social justice approach to Oakland issues including food access, climate change, development and transportation. We are diverse and reflect many voices...and we welcome new bloggers, community members, and writers. If you are a blogger in Oaktown, list yourself in our directory--we have 186 blogs there--are you among them?

Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California is temporarily closed for the renovation and transformation. Join us in May 2010 for the grand reopening. The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA connects collections and programs across disciplines, advancing an integrated, multilayered understanding of this ever-evolving state. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Oakland North

Oakland North is a news project of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. With support from the Ford Foundation, graduate student reporters at the School are creating focused news outlets to concentrate on different parts of the Bay Area. Our goals are to improve local coverage, experiment with online and digital media, and listen to you–about the stories and features that most interest you, the issues that concern you, the information services you want, and the reporting you’d like to see undertaken in your own community. Oakland North is staffed this fall by the reporting students of Cynthia Gorney and Kara Platoni, both journalists who have lived in Oakland for years. You can click here for bios of all 18 students. We hope to keep Oakland North a source of news and community conversation, and we welcome all comments, corrections and suggestions. Please check out our sibling news outlet across the bay, Mission Local, covering San Francisco’s Mission district; and look for the launch this fall of the new Richmond Confidential. We all take seriously our Ford Foundation mandate, which is to explore new ways to give communities back the coverage they’re losing as regional newspapers shrink–and also to be inventive about what digital journalism can do for all of us in the future. We’re learning new ways of telling stories in sound pictures, in cellphone dispatches, and in other forms of back-and-forth still under development.

Oakland Space Academy

Oakland Space Academy features lectures and discussions on space in and around Oakland California. To suggest a topic for further study, email oakland.space.academy @gmail.com.

Oakland Warthog Rugby

Owner of Spencer Investigations, est. 1996 in Oakland, California. (510) 593-3767. Specialize in civil investigations, criminal defense,locates, taking statements, background checks, domestic cases, etc. Member, associate, Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers and Alameda Bar. Graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Oaksnap

Take a look at the photos of public places in Oakland, CA. Can you identify the location? Leave a comment with your answer. Do you have a photo you'd like to share on OakSnap? Send it over to cmn.wilson@gmail.com and you may see it up on the blog! The Oakland snapshot mystery game. 1. Check out the photos and see if you can guess where the snapshot was taken. You can identify the photo by leaving a comment listing the neighborhood and/or cross street. 2. Send in tricky shots to add more fun to the game. 3. If this game becomes a hit I will work on getting prizes for the first commenter to guess the correct location on each photo post!

Oaktown Art

An exposé of cool public art & culture in and around Oakland, California.

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.

Original Scraper Bikes

The Scraper Bike Movement has been around for about 5-6 years and is now starting to get exposure worldwide. We recently put a video on Youtube.com and watched it touch people all over the country as well as the world. The video is at 2.6 million views and still going. Scraper Bikes has been featured in countless events such as, The Birth of The Cool Remix (Artistic Individualism), The Black, Red and Green: Living Word Festival (Green Society/ Spare the Air) and The International Bicycle Film Festival (Health/ Motor Skills). Along with countless interviews from NPR, to The Christian Science Monitor (Stop the violence) to Current TV; Scraper Bikes have been getting a lot of positive feedback from people around the world (Communities of Unity). We have set up a lot of events over the past few years to bring awareness of this grassroots movement (Free for All). Oakland is the birth place of the Scraper Bikes. We plan on creating a bicycle shop that focuses on customizing bicycles, bicycle repair skills, and youth mentoring services. We plan on creating a sustainable, positive, educational, and "Green" way of life in the inner city.

Our Oakland

Oakland Speaks: Eastside Stories is an integrated public art project by artist Rene Yung that will beautify the new East Oakland Community Library and create a new platform for community storytelling about East Oakland. The overall theme of the project is Mutuality + Transformation, meaning that as members of a community, each of us is interconnected and we have the power to individually an collectively take actions to make positive changes. This project consists of three parts: Public Art in the Library A Digital Archive of Community Stories about East Oakland Community building activities including forming new partnerships, hosting storytelling events and an building a new online community

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.

Pacifica Riptide

RIPTIDE GOES WITH THE FLOW Pacifica Riptide is an open forum for community news and opinion. Riptide celebrates Pacifica's green hillsides, open spaces, abundant coastal and marine life, and enterprising people, recognizing that Pacifica's environment and economy are interdependent.

Piedmont Neighborhood News

Piedmont Neighborhood News is an informal news and editorial source for local, hometown information for Piedmont, California. Information on city events, youth sports, local activities, schools, parks, recreation, and council meetings. We also post opinion pieces on things that interest us, from local politics to environmental issues.

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.

Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood

This site features Neighborhood News in and around the Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood which is one of the oldest residential and commercial areas in Oakland. The Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood Association (POPna) community group's boundary is defined within Mandela Pkwy (East), 7th Street (South), 580(North), San Francisco Bay (West) encompassing the "Central Station" development and Oakland Army Base Area.

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

Queer Things to Do in the SF Bay Area

What I list is basically events that I'm interested in. It's not a complete list of gay-related events in San Francisco, nor are all these events strictly about promoting the homosexual agenda, whatever that is. I tend to list events that are about people creating local, direct live entertainment, especially as related to spoken word, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music, art events, and so on. While I like to get email about events, I can't promise to list everything in this calendar that I'm told about. I prefer to publicize events that are gender-inclusive for attendees.

Rebuilding Oaktown

A blog about the beautification and re-redevelopment of Oaktown from the viewpoint of a downtown resident, dark greenie, new urbanist fan and world traveler. I also run a pedicab in central Oakland. It’s called “Back Seat.” Contact: k150 [at] yahoo

Richmond Confidential

With a grant of $500,000 from the Ford Foundation to develop digital news sites, student reporters with the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley are covering neglected Bay Area Communities during core reporting classes. The funding also allows the school to hire two full-time multimedia instructors to teach multimedia skills during the reporting classes and oversee the development of these news websites. The Bay Area communities, increasingly ignored by the local news industry, are the focus of our “hyperlocal” websites.

Richmond SF Blog

Welcome to the blog for the Richmond District of San Francisco. Managed by several residents of the Richmond District, the blog is designed to be a source for information, events and news about the neighborhood. Have an event coming up, a new restaurant or business opening, an idea for a story or something else you want to tell us about? Send us a note with all the details. We hope you enjoy the blog as much as we enjoy our Richmond District neighborhood. :)

Sacramento Press

The Sacramento Press will be the most comprehensive, local news source and information center for the Sacramento Metropolitan Area. We are a strictly online newspaper. Our writers are primarily volunteer Community Contributors. We combined the best tools on the web and built an outstanding platform from scratch. This platform enables people to tell stories about their neighborhoods and have thoughtful conversations about these stories. Then our editors place the best content on the front page and section pages to highlight great work.

Sally Around the Bay

My name is Sally (if that wasn’t obvious already) and I want to thank you for following me as I tour around looking for fun things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m going to be exploring the Bay – uncovering hidden gems as I go – and using this blog to document my experience. I have so much fun bopping around from restaurants in the Bay Area to funky shops and boutiques that I decided it would be selfish of me NOT to share all of my experiences with the world. Whether you’re a bored local or are planning on visiting San Francisco, my goal is for you to discover something new, fun and maybe even thought provoking to do in the Bay Area through this collection of blog posts. Please note that I live in Marin County so I may be a little biased toward things to do in Marin and I’ll probably focus on more things to do in Marin County than anywhere else in the Bay. However, I promise I will be adventurous as I sally across the bridges and step over the county line on a regular basis. Knowing I have to document lots of lesser known fun things to do in the Bay Area will force me to try new things and get out of my comfort zone.

San Francisco Citizen

A comprehensive blog about events, random sightings, and news in SF. It may seem disjointed, but this mismatch of stories, pictures and ramblings is a true reflection of SF life.

San Francisco FYI Net

Calendar of political events for San Francisco.

San Francisco Metblog

San Francisco bloggers post daily events and news. Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. We got sick of reading local news that was syndicated from the other side of the country, or was just repurposed national chit chat that had nothing to do with our city. We created our first blog as a throw back to the days when a local news paper focused on local issues, and you could walk down to the corner coffee shop and chat up the reporters whose column you read earlier that day. This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

San Francisco Symphony

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

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.

San Leandro Bytes

I have lived in San Leandro since 2000. I have two children and am married to Margarita Lacabe. I was one of the founding members of the San Leandro Community Action Network in 2006. As part of my focus on our schools within SLCAN, I ran for San Leandro School Board and was elected in 2006. I began blogging about San Leandro in 2004 because I couldn't find information about San Leandro online. I don't accept advertising and have no intention of making money from San Leandro Bytes. I write about things that I think will interest the community. My goal is to provide accurate information in a fair and objective manner, despite my own biases. I welcome suggestions and ideas about topics. You can email me at mkatz at sanleandrobytes-dot-com. I don't write much about issues concerning the schools because my role on the School Board might threaten any sense of objectivity.

Say Hey: A Bay Area Sports Blog

Say Hey is a celebration of sports, specifically those dealing with Bay Area teams, including but not limited to the Giants, A’s, Niners, Warriors and Sharks. We’ll post and update often and meticulously, with daily roundups of your favorite teams, interesting video clips and maybe even a “joke” or two mixed in the posts.

SF Bay Daily Photo

Louis la Vache Views of an American with French ancestry about France - and the San Francisco Bay Area. Clic sur l'image pour l'agrandir

SF Civic Center

San Francisco as seen through the Civic Center neighborhood: its politics, arts and characters.

SF Gate Politics Blog

With more than 12 million unique visitors per month as audited by the ABC, SFGate is the leading news and information Web site for the San Francisco Bay Area. Reflecting the diverse spirit of the region, SFGate delivers the most up to the minute stories, in-depth special reports, unbeatable local sports coverage, the best regional listings and cutting edge entertainment coverage. SFGate is home to the San Francisco Chronicle, plus Web-only features by SFGateÕs own editorial team - the Bay Area by the people who know it best

SF Girl by Bay

SFGIRLBYBAY is known for representing ‘bohemian modern style’ and for showcasing the freshest designers, artists, products and trends. averaging 2-3 new posts a day, sfgirlbybay provides 20,000+ daily readers with shopping finds; behind the scenes interviews and home/studio virtual tours of up-and-coming artists; design/art event coverage; all the while offering affordable design inspiration and ideas, and encouraging individuality and unique, personal style. a fixture in the design blog community, sfgirlbybay has been an online favorite of independent design since 2006.

SF New Tech

SF New Tech is the Bay Area’s largest, longest-running, and most-loved monthly technology event and networking mixer for people who can’t get enough of technology. It’s made possible thanks to Myles Weissleder (Founder, Producer & Host) , Matthew M. Gonzales (Deputy of Propaganda), and Amy Higgins (Social Maven).

SF Scene

Wanna know what's what in the San Francisco dance scene? Upcoming events, reviews, mix downloads and scenester gossip from the jaded gay DJ.

SF Style

SFS is curated by Dyanna Dawson and John Tran. SFS is an acronym for 'street fashion style'. We use it as a practical abbreviation of our blog's official name: SFStyle. John Tran was born and raised in the Bay Area. He founded SFS in 2008 to utilize his talent and passion for art, fashion, and photography. He has worked with NBC Bay Area and 7x7 Magazine--and also contributed to Soma Magazine. His interests outside SFS include: perusing dusty bookstores, keeping freshwater aquariums, and consuming Indian cuisine. He has gone by the blogger nickname, 'JT Paradox' which also happens to be his eponymous photography blog.

SFBG Politics Blog

Sfbg.com is one of the longest-running news-focused web sites. Our searchable archives go back to January 1995, and feature over 50,000 pages and files. Over the years we've expanded our coverage and our reach, focusing on the debate over public power, the string of wars in the Middle East, and our annual nude beach pages. We regularly cover all aspects of art, culture, and entertainment, with our Lit, Noise, Club, gift, and event guides.

SFGate Culture Blog

Here we go -- from our home at 5th & Mission in San Francisco, The Chronicle and SFGate.com present the Culture Blog. Written by a group of columnists, reporters and editors from both the newspaper and Web site (see Bios), we'll be posting daily items -- newsy, opinionated, critical or simply silly -- on our various arts, culture, media, and Web-related interests and obsessions. Input from you, our readers, is all important, and very soon you'll be able to post your comments directly to the Culture Blog. You can also email us your tips and comments directly. Email addresses for each author appear on every post and on the Bios page, or contact us at cultureblog@sfgate.com. If you write to recommend a blog or other online source, make sure to include the complete URL and a note explaining your recommendation. A note about group blogs (known also as collaborative blogs): we like them. Inspirations for Culture Blog include pioneering sites such as Boing Boing, MetaFilter, and in the world of mainstream journalism, Guardian Online's venerable Newsblog, started back in 2001. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/culture/about#ixzz0Sc7nITHN

SFist

Launched in August of 2004, SFist is the most popular local blog in the Bay Area. It has posts ranging from in-depth features to insightful interviews, to bona-fide scoops. Its staff is as eclectic as the city they love. SFist has been mentioned by the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and several local media outlets. It was named the Best Local Blog by SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. SF Weekly said the site is "so distracting that it keeps us from doing any work," and that the site has its "nose in just about every nook and cranny of San Francisco." The Guardian said that SFist was "blog heaven" for their readers and the Chronicle is thankful for SFist and its "constant flow of information." San Francisco magazine readers picked the site as the Best Bay Area Blog.

SFoodie

SF Weekly's food blog.

Socket Site

We currently see across the board weakness in San Francisco’s residential real estate market throughout 2009 as economic woes compound the impact of tighter credit markets and a shift in market psychology. Downturns in residential real estate have traditionally been triggered by a downturn in either the local or national economy. The reality which we’ve foreshadowed for quite some time is that the majority of the current market weakness in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond has been driven by a contraction in the credit markets (the deflation of a credit bubble) and a recent shift in market psychology (the deflation of a speculative bubble). The real impact of a weakening economy is yet to come. With an economy that generally lags the financial markets by nine to twelve months, the full brunt of October’s melt-down won’t be felt for at least another six months. And we expect to see continued weakness in both consumer and corporate spending over at least the next couple of quarters which will further depress corporate earnings and likely lead to additional layoffs and stoke the real real estate killer, unemployment. With no discernable recovery in sight, we expect the financial market’s destruction of wealth both real (investments) and potential (options) to continue to drag down the San Francisco residential market throughout 2009, and to weigh particularly heavy on the luxury market.

Sonoma Country Life

Sonoma Country Life from a British/American writer's perspective, covering modern community living in an evolving region best known for farming and wine making. With a home base at the gateway to wine country, people, politics, business, arts, artisan farmers and wine makers of the riverfront city of Petaluma take center stage in daily vignettes of a locavore's life.

Sonoma on the Cheap

Free and cheap things to do in Sonoma County, California Wine Country.

Sparkart

We're always looking for new ways to blend the content, community, and commerce abilities of our sites. The home page is a particularly important place, anyone passing through must be engaged, or they will leave. It's critical that anything of importance be featured, as there's no telling where any particular visitor will end up next. We recently updated the home pages for two of our longer running sites, Slipknot1.com and Criss Angel.com. On each site we've seen a spike in community involvement and merchandise sales. And we're very happy with how they look too. The extra challenge for us that many other sites don't share is translating the unique qualities of each of our clients into a visual design.

Spot.Us

We are an open source project, to pioneer “community funded reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.

Spots Unkown

This site aims to explore and infiltrate histories forgotten and places unfound in the greatest American city. Those who live in San Francisco know that it has a rich history, from the original Ohlone inhabitants, to the Gold Rush, to the quake of '06, and into the modern era. It is a small city, a dense collection of hills and neighborhoods, parks and populations. It's a challenge, even for those of us who've lived here a decade or more, to fully expose ourselves to it. There are spots that remain hidden, and even the spots that we've seen and experienced are often not fully known.

Stop, Drop, and Roll

One’s inclination when ones clothing catches fire is to run around waving their arms wildly to douse the flames. By slowing down and being mindful of our actions, it’s easy to remember to stop, drop and roll. Contact me at JKWBlog@gmail.com

Streetsblog San Francisco

Streetsblog is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities. Since 2006, Streetsblog has covered the movement to transform our cities by reducing dependence on private automobiles and improving conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Our reporters have broken important stories about transit funding, pedestrian safety, and bicycle policy from day one. And our writing makes arcane topics like parking prices and induced traffic accessible to a broad audience.

Susan Mernit's Blog

Susan Mernit is the founder of Oakland Local, a news & community hub for Oakland, CA focused on environmental, food, development and social justice issues, and the recipient of a 2009 New Voices grant from J-Lab at American University. She is also the consulting web strategist for The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch project. A former VP at AOL and Netscape, and a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was the consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge in 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including Salon.com & TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their portal.

Sweeeeet Oakland

A blog about events and politics in Oakland, California.

Tamale World

Living in a Tamale World cuz I am a Tamale Girl Tina Tamale Ramos' Life, Adventures and Projects in Oakland, CA.

Teacher Revised

Teacher, Revised is for teachers and by teachers. It is an education grab bag of classroom reflection, a compilation of news that matters to teachers, essays, interviews with the brightest minds in pedagogy, and even the occasional book and movie review. Basically, it deals with anything that affects teachers, could make teachers’ lives better, or that we all should be very, very afraid of. But it’s also more than that. As teachers, we are in a state of perpetual revision. We revise our lesson plans, our classroom management strategies, our seating charts, and our teaching philosophy. The ability to do this with sincerity and courage—often in the moment—is essential to a teacher’s shelf life. Without that, we “go bad.” Undoubtedly you are familiar with the stench of teachers who have reached their expiration date. It ain’t pretty. To avoid this, we must make a life partner of revision. It is the natural preservative that keeps us fresh. This means looking inward and outward—reflecting on our own practice, and keeping an ear to the ground for what’s new (or old) in the world of education.

Tech Liminal

We envision communities and workplaces where technology is a silent partner, boosting productivity, enhancing profitability, and enabling communication. There should be no internal barriers to the broad opportunities that are opened by the internet. Online strategies should be as straightforward to implement as sending an email. We envision that Tech Liminal can help achieve this new level of productivity and creativity by bringing business professionals, community leaders and technology experts together.

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.

The Curvy Fashionista

Fashion blog dedicated to the discerning Curvy.Confident.Chic Plus size woman, covering fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle news from a plus perspective with both a local and an international view.

The Daily Clog

The Daily Clog accumulates various tidbits about Berkeley and college life. We focus on the UC campus, the city of Berkeley and Berkeley’s online community. We give our two cents on all the goings-on—whether you like it or not.

The DTO

This blog provides information about Oakland’s most happening ‘hood - Downtown Oakland, colloquially known as The DTO. I don’t moderate comments but sometimes they’re caught in the spam filter; contact me if your comment hasn’t appeared within a day.

The Education Report

The Education Report was born in June 2007. Ever since, people have been using it to dish, vent, debate, and muse about their experiences and impressions of Oakland’s schools. I’m always open to tips — blog ideas, especially. You can reach me most easily at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com, or by calling (510) 208-6424. You can also follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/katymurphy.

The Ethicurean

The Ethicurean was founded in May 2006 by me (Bonnie Powell) and my friends JC Costello, Erika Bodoin aka Omniwhore (who came up with our name), Kathryn aka Corn Maven, and the Butter Bitch and Miss Steak (who prefer to remain anonymous due to their corporate jobs). Since then, several more writers have joined us; we now have contributors in six states. (Meet/contact the Ethicureans.) We have more than 20,000 unique visitors a month, and over 40,000 page views.

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.

The Giants Baseball Blog

A blog that keeps track of Giants games and rankings. Provides updates on new players and stats, with a steady stream of game analysis.

The HayWord

Ever since 1891, the Review has been bringing you the scoops from downtown Hayward and the many neighborhoods that have grown up around it. Today, the communities of Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo amount to some 350,000 people with more on the way. But we’re always looking for connections that make the world a little smaller. That’s why we’re launching The HayWord, a blog about all the ordinary and extraordinary stuff that’s going on around you. Got something to tell us or show us? You can e-mail the Daily Review bloggers or contribute to our forums. And be sure to keep checking in. We’ll be updating often.

The Insider

The Insider writes musings on the juicier side of San Mateo County politics. Re-read and comment on the tidbits you see in the Insider’s column, which appears every Saturday in the print edition of the San Mateo County Times. And better yet, log on throughout the week for exclusive juicy items that won’t appear in the paper. More county juice, more often. Mmmmmm…

The Lemon Lady

I am a Mommy raising our daughter to protect and respect the environment. I wonder, what does it all mean? What can I do (what can we all do) to make our world a better place? There are so many apartments and condos throughout California and beyond that have no curbside recycling programs. Imagine the hundreds of thousands of children who attend school every day, and have no idea what this simple, common idealogy really means?

The Oakland Berkeley Journal

When walking down the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, I often see folks I know. Waving to the familiar faces makes me happy, as I have a home amidst the city! From my morning latte at Peet’s to my Sunday shopping at the Farmer’s market, I enjoy all the East Bay offers. Follow this real estate blog covering the beautiful cities of the East Bay!

The Secret News

THE SECRET NEWS reflects a better vision for Emeryville, one that addresses the needs and desires of the people who live and work here. It was born out of frustration and some outrage over the direction the city is headed, and the desire for something better. Citizens are demanding better schools, quality housing and jobs, more parks, and neighborhoods safe from excessive traffic, pollution, and noise. We want a city government that is accountable to the people it serves. At a community meeting in Emeryville in June 2008, residents discussed their vision for Emeryville and what community benefits the city should provide. It was decided that a newspaper would be a great way to reinforce that vision, keep people informed and involved, and provide an alternative to the misinformation generated by the City Council and Chamber of Commerce. THE SECRET NEWS aims to provide Emeryville residents with a way to participate in shaping the future of their city.

The SF K Files

The SF K Files is a place for parents who are seeking a kindergarten in San Francisco. The site offers up reviews of public, private, and parochial schools, as well as lots of advice and opinions from the community of parents who frequent the blog.

The Snitch

SF Weekly's news, politics and opinion blog.

The Teacher Lounge

California is crumbling. The schools are being attacked. How are we going to get out of this mess? I'm a middle school history teacher in San Leandro, California, and a Union activist. I'm fed up with political excuses for creating substandard schools that don't serve the very kids who have the greatest need. Please share your comments with me at mistermorse109@yahoo.com.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects has been a source for San Francisco political junkies since 1995. Originally a blast fax, discussing potential and real candidates for various offices in San Francisco, it evolved into a mass email and then a web site over the next couple years. The site’s name came from Claude Rains’ immortal line in the movie Casablanca - “Round up the usual suspects.” San Francisco’s political intrigues occasionally remind some people of the complex and mysterious world of Casablanca, and we felt it would be a nice tribute to link our town to the movie.

Today in Montclair

I’m excited to share what is happening around Montclair. We live in a place that is a “great escape,” in my humble opinion. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by peace, quiet, trees, deer, cool weather, morning fogs, and European-like vistas. Plus there are a handful of farm animals, squealing here in Oakland.Why am I blogging? Well, the opportunity caught my eye because I’m a typical dotcom executive. Also, I really enjoy the polyglot of humanity in our little neighborhood. It should be fun to share the everyday joys and woes of our community. When I think of this neighborhood, its mostly filled with people who care about what they are doing but don’t particularly care about appearances and being noticed! On the other hand, Montclair’s a place where shopkeepers recognize you and you’re easily “part of the community” whether you have kids, are single, retired, etc. So, expect to read about what really matters, like food, hiking, seeing movies, and saying hello to all the neighborhood dogs. Plus anything I overhear at the coffee shops is fair game. Cheers and welcome. -Debby (aka MontclairOak)

Transbay Blog

This blog will attempt to chronicle the efforts in the Bay Area to improve public transit service and to embrace more sustainable growth patterns. The reason for choosing the name “Transbay” is hopefully not so mysterious. The still-evolving plans concerning the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco are shaping up to be the single most important transit project in the Bay Area. The current bus terminal at 1st and Mission Streets is aged and depressing, but in time, it will be transformed into the “Grand Central Station of the West”, an important hub combining BART, Caltrain, Muni, and various regional bus agencies — hopefully even California High Speed Rail — all in one place. Capping it all off will be a new mixed use highrise district that may form the new focal point to the downtown area, in addition to containing the Bay Area’s tallest skyscrapers. Since this district is centered on the Transbay Terminal, these plans represent the most ambitious example of transit-oriented development in the Bay Area. (Please note, however, that this blog is no way affiliated with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority or any other agency working on the Transbay Terminal project.)

Tri-Valley Mom

This is not a typical "mommy blog" in that it's NOT "the story of a SAHM struggling with the ups and downs of motherhood" or "and baby makes crafty coupon mom of eight" or any of that noise. No problem with those blogs, but I'd say the market's pretty much saturated when it comes to that type of blog, wouldn't you? Tri-Valley Mom posts events, activities, deals, discounts, and anything else of interest to families in the East Bay's Tri-Valley. If you have anything at all to share with local parents, please post to this blog.

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

News from UC Berkeley covering the full breadth of the ideas and inventions percolating up from this community of 50,000 students, professors, and staff.

Urbicifation

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Vegansaurus

Vegansaurus is a vegan eating/living guide to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is definitive/arbitrary.

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

Vinography

Vinography began on January 15th, 2004 as a personal project for founder and editor Alder Yarrow. The site is now a respected source for non-mainstream wine writing, and one of the most influential wine blogs on the Internet. Featuring wine and sake reviews, restaurant reviews, editorials, book reviews, wine news, and wine event coverage, Vinography publishes new content daily to a global readership. The site's contributors work hard to create an alternative to the traditional sources and styles of wine journalism, partially through its emphasis on the stories, the people, and the passion behind wine, all told from a decidedly down-to-earth perspective.

Walking Fort Bragg

What do you see when you walk around Fort Bragg? Using his cellphone, Ron Bloomquist records his walking routes and captures photos of the Fort Bragg area, keeping track of new buildings, construction, and sidewalks.

WordYard

I'm a writer, editor and Web site builder. My new book is Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters, now available from your preferred bookseller. I was co-founder of Salon, where I served as technology editor and later managing editor and VP/editorial operations for many years. I'm also author of the book Dreaming in Code.

Yummy SF

Hi there! My name is Fanny, food writer at YummySF.com. This food blog started in 2007, after my first trip to the Winter Fancy Food Show. YummySF was a way to share my discoveries of healthy, unique, and delicious natural food products as well as favorite recipes and restaurants. In San Francisco, you can find a rich culture of restaurants that cater to vegans and raw foodists as well as almost any ethnic food you can imagine. That’s one of the reasons why San Francisco is a top destination for tourists from around the world. Whether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or you want to visit our beautiful city, check out YummySF for my latest food adventures.

Zennie 62

We cover it all, from politics to entertainment. Anything that goes on the Bay Area is on this blog. If you think we’re missing something, drop a line to any of our editors.


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