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[30 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Oakland’s pushcart organizers fight illegal street vending | ]

Pushcart vendors from Anna Bloom on Vimeo.
By Anna Bloom/Special to 510 Report
Emilia Otero, and her daughter, Shelly Garza, longtime organizers of food vendors in East Oakland, say they are seeing a marked increase in illegal street vending.
Since 1998, the two women have fought hard for the legitimacy of street vending, founding ACAF, Asociation de Comerciantes Ambulantes de Fruitvale. However, the economy and crime have left the city short on resources. Garza and Otero say that in East Oakland, where the city limits the number of street vendors to 30, there …

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[29 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Ashby Flea Market a good deal in a bad economy | ]

By Huda Ahmed/510 Report
Liz Martin sits on the passenger’s side of her shabby gray van – the side away from the sun – which is parked on a Saturday afternoon next to the spot where her merchandise is on display at Berkeley’s Ashby Flea Market. She keeps her eyes on three stools supporting organized piles of colorfully embroidered used bed sheets and pillows folded in plastic bags. Martin, who is 82, has been a vendor at the flea market since it began more than 32 years ago, and she never …

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[21 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Stem cell ban reversal hits close to home [VIDEO] | ]
Stem cell ban reversal hits close to home [VIDEO]

By Lauren Rudser and Brittney Johnson/ Oakland North
Last week, the Obama administration reversed bans, put in pace under President Bush, on Stem Cell research using federal funds. See how this is affecting one local couple.

Berkeley, Civic Life, Faces & Places, Oakland »

[19 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Marine recruiting center vandalized | ]

I was driving down Shattuck Ave this afternoon – the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war – and out of the corner of my eye I noticed quite a commotion out front of the Marine Recruiting Center. I circled around to get a better look, and saw the huge windows at the front of the Center being replaced. There were baseball-sized holes in the windows, and dripping red paint.
Read an article about the vandalism from the Oakland Tribune.

Business, Civic Life, Government, Multimedia »

[11 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Making magic with caulk, insulation and duct blasters, Contra Costa County weatherization specialist Brett Crowe can reduce a house’s energy waste by two-thirds in just half a day.

By late spring, thanks to $5 billion of stimulus funding, thousands of new weatherizers similar to Crowe will be sealing up low-income homes in the Bay Area and across the country. They will primarily come from the country’s 1.7 million unemployed construction workers, retrained as lean, greening machines.

Business, Crime, Faces & Places, Oakland »

[11 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Anxiety and rumors at armed robbers’ apparent shopping center of choice | ]

By Melanie Mason/Oakland North
About a month ago, the North Oakland branch of the San Leandro-based chain Pet Food Express was hit by an armed robber. Two weeks later, it happened again, this time at the Pet Food Express Rockridge store, located in the Safeway shopping center at 51st and Broadway. According to employees, it was the same guy.
It was then that the vice president of Pet Food Express, Mark Witirol, started hearing of other armed robberies at the Rockridge shopping center. Frustrated by what he thought was a predictable pattern …

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[11 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Youth Speak Up, Curfew Shot Down | ]
Youth Speak Up, Curfew Shot Down

Diana Montaño/OaklandNorth
Last month, a youth curfew ordinance was voted down by the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. And while the ordinance failed to become law, it did succeed in rousing the voice of Oakland’s youth.
[audio:http://oaklandnorth.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/curfew.mp3]

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[10 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Organic Roots: From the Rancho to the Market | ]

By Diana Montaño/510 Report
The tropical crops of Maria Inés Catalán’s youth don’t grow in Hollister. Instead of winding through the papaya and mango trees of her native Guerrero, Mexico, here, wearing black loafers caked in mud from the past week’s rain, she tramples weeds, carefully stepping over the kale, broccoli and artichoke plants that thrive in the Northern California winter.

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[9 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Time Travel in Emeryville: The Factory Party | ]

A congregation of look-alike Andy Warhols is not something that happens often. But on Friday March 6, in an Emeryville warehouse that reproduced the 1960s’ dark, industrial-driven art scene fathered by Warhol, the Third Annual Amoeba Art Show took place.

The Factory Party.

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[8 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on California’s Same-Sex Marriage Debate Visits State Supreme Court – Again | ]