A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

California Beat

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

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.

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.

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.

Greenerati

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

Grub Street San Francisco

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.)

Vegansaurus

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