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Calling on Oakland Businesses.

Keeping Oakland beautiful is not just the responsibility of Oakland’s 400,000 residents. It is also the responsibility of the many large and small employers whose businesses reside in Oakland. Many Oakland businesses contribute to the community, directly or indirectly. They help address local issues, support the arts, and sponsor other fine activities that benefit the […]

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Helping Oakland’s Homeless.

Homelessness is an ongoing issue in our country and, closer to home, in our city and county. You might be wondering, ‘what does homelessness have to do with keeping Oakland beautiful?’ For me, our job of beautifying Oakland isn’t successful, if we’ve left a portion of our community behind. Let’s look at a couple of […]

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How To Get Rid Of Bulky Trash Items.

  Pop Quiz: You bought a new couch and you want to dispose of the old, beat-up one that your cat destroyed. What do you do? a)      Drag the old couch into the woods behind your house. b)      Leave it on the curb and pray that somebody takes it. c)       Drop it into the Oakland […]

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Street Art: Polarizing Images.

One of the most controversial issues facing Oakland today is the application of spray paint to public and private property. This form of self-expression, known as street art, has been going on in our cities since the late 1960s and opinions about it ebb strongly and deeply, both for and against. There are multiple forms […]

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How to Create Change to Keep Oakland Beautiful.

For something to be beautified (e.g., removing trash; planting trees; painting a house), it needs to be improved from its current condition. The desired improvement is probably not going to happen by itself, so somebody (possibly you) has to ignite the change. Sometimes, we realize that something needs to be enhanced, but we don’t know […]

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Get the Lead Out

Posted on behalf of Eric Saltmarsh, KOB Board Member Lead contamination is an ongoing problem in our country. A naturally occurring metal, lead can be found anywhere – in the ground, in the water, in the air, even in our bodies. While efforts have been made to reduce the amount of lead contamination in Oakland, […]

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See the Stars – Considering Light Pollution in Oakland

Posted on behalf of Eric Saltmarsh, KOB Board Member “If the stars should appear, but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you ever been in the country on a clear, moonless night? If you have, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a beautiful and unforgettable sight. […]

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