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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Burrito Justice

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

California Beat

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

Central Station

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

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.

Crazy in Suburbia

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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 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...

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.

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!

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. "

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.

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.

Noe Valley SF

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

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 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 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!

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.

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.

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. :)

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 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 Civic Center

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sweeeeet Oakland

A blog about events and politics in Oakland, California.

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 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 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 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)

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.
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