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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Grub Street San Francisco

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

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 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).

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.

Oakland Grown

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

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Tamale World

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

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.

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.
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