Archive | 2015

Meteor Shower Over Oakland, December 13-14, 2015.

OK, so the close pairing of the moon and the planet Venus described in last week’s blog didn’t pan out so well – Oakland’s skies were cloudy throughout the event. But, that’s the way it goes, sometimes. Mother Nature has a chance to redeem herself, however, on the nights of Sunday December 13 and Monday […]

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Oakland Ranked 7th for Outdoor Enthusiasts

We all know about Oakland’s outdoor assets, but now there is a study to prove it!  SmartAsset’s recent study ranks Oakland 7th and San Francisco 10th for outdoor enthusiasts.  The top spot went to Honolulu, HI. For more info:  

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December 7, 2015: A Rare Treat For Early Morning Risers.

For those of you who are up with the dawn on Monday December 7th, raise your blurry eyes to the southeast sky. If it’s clear, you will be treated to a very close alignment between the waning crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus. The thin lunar crescent will be arcing toward the southeastern horizon and Venus […]

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Tagging in Oakland Chinatown.

Please click on the photographs to enlarge and clarify them. One of my favorite parts of Oakland is Oakland Chinatown. There’s a vibrancy in the neighborhood that I really enjoy. It seems like people are always out, slowly strolling past sidewalk containers of fresh and exotic vegetables and fruit, with a parade of delivery trucks […]

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Oakland’s Active Transportation Projects Win $9.1 Million in Grants

Oakland, CA –The Oakland Public Works Department recently won two grants totaling over $9.1 million dollars from the State of California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP). These projects will improve walking and bicycling connections for Oakland residents and visitors. The 19th Street BART to Lake Merritt Urban Greenway Project was awarded $4.6 million by the California […]

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Plant trees in Oakland! (season premiere)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM new tree meetup place (until 9:15am only) 1122 29th Avenue, Oakland, CA (map) **This is the first planting day of Sierra Club’s planting season, after our summer off.  Welcome back!** Get a great start on your weekend by planting trees in Oakland! Volunteers from the San Francisco […]

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Have a Fun, Safe, and Litter-Free Halloween.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Keep Oakland Beautiful wishes everyone a fun, safe, and litter-free Halloween. We encourage everybody to remind children (and adults!) to properly dispose of candy wrappers and other trash, as one means of protecting our environment. Keeping Oakland Beautiful is everyone’s business.  

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Beauty in the Oakland Skies This Week for Early Risers.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. If you’ve been up and out before dawn this week, you may have looked to the southeast and seen three bright stars appearing to be lined up in formation. What you’re seeing are the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. Every morning this week, these planets appear to change position relative […]

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Oakland’s Architectural Oddities.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite architectural faces, animals, and grotesques that you can find right here in downtown Oakland. At first glance, you might think these are gargoyles, but they’re not. Gargoyles are mythical beings, usually carved […]

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Join the KOB Board

Keep Oakland Beautiful is now accepting applications for 2016 Board positions. For more information and to apply: Preference will be given to applications received by Nov 6. Questions can be directed to Good luck!

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