A directory of bay area community sites and bloggers

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.

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.

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 Shook Down

SF Weekly's art, music and culture blog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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. "

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 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.

Oaktown Art

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.
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