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.

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

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.

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.

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.

California Beat

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

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).

Halfway to Concord

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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 Snitch

SF Weekly's news, politics and opinion blog.

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.
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