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Dance of the Planets (updated 06-30-15).

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. Have you stopped this week to wonder what those two bright stars are, midway up the northwestern sky at twilight? The brighter and whiter of the two (lower right) is the planet Venus and the bright, yet dimmer, pale white ‘star’ is the planet Jupiter. […]

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A Big Thanks to Those Who Cleaned Up After the Warriors’ Championship Parade.

Congratulations, Golden State Warriors on winning the 2014-15 NBA championship! You demonstrated what can be done when a group of committed people come together to achieve a common goal. Here are some photos from Friday’s championship parade (please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them): Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and MC Hammer. Stephen […]

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The Original Oakland Residents.

Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. While we tend to think of Don Luis Maria Peralta as the first settler in Oakland (in 1772), he was only the first European settler in the area. For thousands of years before Don Peralta was granted land in what is, today, Oakland and surrounding […]

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The Benefits of Farmers Markets.

Farmers markets have been around for ages and they can be found all over the globe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers markets in our country have grown by almost 400% in the last twenty years, from 1,755 farmers markets in 1994 to 8,268 in 2014. However, according to the US News and […]

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Sunset Magazine Moving HQ to Jack London Square

“After more than 50 years in the iconic Cliff May-designed “laboratory for Western living” in Menlo Park, we’re picking up stakes and moving editorial and business operations to Jack London Square. Jack London Square offers a gorgeous waterfront location in a newly thriving neighborhood. One floor below our offices at 55 Harrison Street will be a brand […]

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Oakland Walking Tours

Explore Oakland’s beauty! 2015 Tour Dates are now available. From May to October, enjoy free 90-minute walking tours through Oakland’s downtown districts. Schedule: Tours are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are recommended but not required. Choose from one of eight tour itineraries. To learn more about a particular tour, see here. Following each […]

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2015 Pothole Blitz

The 2015 Pothole Blitz for Oakland streets is scheduled from June 15th -July 31st. The public is encouraged to report a problem using one of the following methods: 1. Online form www.oaklandpw.com 2. Mobile app SeeClickFix 3. Email pwacallcenter@oaklandnet.com 4. Public Works Call Center (510) 615-5566 Help keep our streets safe and smooth!

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Compassionately Dealing with the Issue of Pet Abandonment.

Note: Please click on the photos to enlarge and clarify them. People abandon their pets for a number of reasons and Oakland is not immune to this problem. Sometimes people abandon a pet because they lost their job or their home and they aren’t able to find someone to take their pet in. Other times, a pet may be […]

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Reminder: Youth Advisory Councilmembers Wanted – due May 31

Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 National Youth Advisory Council through MAY 15, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for ten (10) high school students (15-18 years old) from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program. Participants will contribute to and inform KAB on programs […]

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Hot Off the Presses: Community Clean Up Planning Guide

Are you a passionate Oakland resident who wants to make a difference but doesn’t know where to start?  You’re in luck!  Keep Oakland Beautiful in collaboration with the Oakland Public Works Department just published a Community Clean Up Planning Guide! Check it out here: KOBAdopt-a-SpotPlanningGuide Mar 2015 Now, how are you going to Keep Oakland Beautiful?

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