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Donate to KOB through East Bay Gives, Thursday, May 4

For 24 hours on Thursday, May 4, 2017 you can make a big difference for Oakland by donating to Keep Oakland Beautiful (KOB) through East Bay Gives. Contributions will support KOB’s small grant program, which provides $500-$800 grants to citizens and community groups to clean and beautify their own small section of Oakland. Projects have […]

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Keeping Oakland Beautiful Is Everybody’s Business.

I joined the board of Keep Oakland Beautiful almost two years ago and I’ve learned a lot about the community and its people. As a photography enthusiast who also enjoys history, nature, and cultural diversity, I took to Oakland like a bear takes to honey. Oakland offers a seemingly endless array of places and activities […]

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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 2. Mobile app SeeClickFix 3. Email 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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Disaster Preparedness: How Prepared Are You?

Oakland’s geology and climate make us susceptible to several types of disaster, including earthquakes, fire, flooding, mudslides, and drought. Certainly, other less obvious forms of disaster could occur, too (e.g., extended power outage, cyber-terrorism, a meteor smashes into your house!). Each potential disaster could impact you, your family, and your property in different ways. However, […]

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Median Strips: Forgotten Eyesores or Patches of Beauty?

Submitted on behalf of Ken Ball, Keep Oakland Beautiful Board member. Median strips: that forgotten land between street lanes. Sometimes they don’t get the love—let go to become unruly weeds. One neighborhood is tackling its mean medians. The Montclair Village Association and several neighborhood associations are looking at the weed patches they have and are […]

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Vote Daily Through February 9th to Win Funding of a Community Garden in West Oakland.

Scotts Miracle-Gro launched a community outreach initiative in 2011 called GRO1000. The purpose of the initiative is to create 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. Four cities, including Oakland, are vying for a grant to fund a local community garden. The Lowell Park Market Farm, in West Oakland, is one of the candidates. […]

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The Benefits of Community Gardens.

Community gardens are plots of land cared for by groups of people who agree to share the cost, effort, and produce of the garden. Their origin in our country predates the American Revolution, the 1759 Community Garden at Historic Bethabara Park, in what is now Winston-Salem, North Carolina, being considered the first such garden. Bethabara […]

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Rewards for Reporting Illegal Dumping

Oakland, CA – The City of Oakland is launching a new program that will provide monetary rewards to people who report illegal dumping. Witnesses can receive up to half of all penalties collected in successful enforcement actions based on the witness’s reports. This is an exciting new program that will send the message that Oakland […]

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Oakland’s Adopt-A-Drain Program.

Earlier this year, the City of Oakland established an Adopt-A-Drain program, aimed at keeping the city’s 10,000-plus water drains open and functioning. Keeping the city’s drains open is especially important during the fall and winter rainy season when debris can clog drains like the one shown below and cause street and sidewalk flooding. Before… … […]

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