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Oakland's Unique Businesses Will Help The City's Revitalization: Darlene Rios Drapkin  - (Posted on: April, 20 2011 at 05:03 PM)

  Darlene Rios Drapkin, principal of Urban Transformation, is a commercial revitalization specialist in urban districts and business improvement district (BID)management. For the past five years she has been executive director of the Temescal and Telegraph Business Improvement District.  This is the second in a series of conversations with Drapkin about urban neighborhood and commercial revitalization. 
 

The Civics of Cultural Sustainability - (Posted on: May, 04 2011 at 11:37 AM)

“Sustainability” is one of the more versatile words you’ll hear these days.  In several conversations there could be several different trustees of any sustainability movement.  You might hear an environmentalists referring to eco-friendly practices to save the planet; philanthropists and foundations talking about the future funding strategies of a cultural or charitable activity, or; what I’ve been focusing on, our ability to preserve the integrity of distinct cultural contributions in spite of extreme external  forces.
 

Parents graduate from Baby Learning College  - (Posted on: April, 12 2011 at 01:35 PM)

June is the month for graduations. But 45 Oakland residents received their diplomas in mid- March. They are the proud first graduates of the Oakland Baby Learning Communities, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College. The program offers parent education and development services for families in low-income areas that are exposed to violence.
 

Oakland's Unique Businesses Will Help The City's Revitalization: Darlene Rios Drapkin  - (Posted on: April, 20 2011 at 05:03 PM)

  Darlene Rios Drapkin, principal of Urban Transformation, is a commercial revitalization specialist in urban districts and business improvement district (BID)management. For the past five years she has been executive director of the Temescal and Telegraph Business Improvement District.  This  is the second in a series of conversations with Drapkin about urban neighborhood and commercial revitalization. 
 

Home Care Aide Speaks Out On Working Conditions - (Posted on: April, 06 2011 at 12:54 PM)

When Lisa Fang goes to bed at night, she’s not sure she has a job to go to in the morning.             “Our employers call only when they need us. We don’t have set working hours. I don’t know when employers have a job for me,” she told an audience at a recent community forum sponsored by the Equal Voice for America’s Families.  She was describing the insecure working conditions for home care aides. 
 

Parents graduate from Baby Learning College  - (Posted on: April, 12 2011 at 01:35 PM)

June is the month for graduations. But 45 Oakland residents received their diplomas in mid- March. They are the proud first graduates of the Oakland Baby Learning Communities, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College. The program offers parent education and development services for families in low-income areas that are exposed to violence.
 

New Alameda County Probation Chief Focuses on Prevention and Intervention - (Posted on: March, 23 2011 at 01:48 PM)

David Muhammad, Alameda County’s new chief probation officer, has a vision of a department that is more effective, with data-based decision-making and an approach defined by prevention rather than prosecution.
 

Home Care Aide Speaks Out On Working Conditions - (Posted on: April, 06 2011 at 12:54 PM)

When Lisa Fang goes to bed at night, she’s not sure she has a job to go to in the morning.             “Our employers call only when they need us. We don’t have set working hours. I don’t know when employers have a job for me,” she told an audience at a recent community forum sponsored by the Equal Voice for America’s Families.  She was describing the insecure working conditions for home care aides. 
 

The Oakland Weekend - (Posted on: March, 30 2011 at 08:07 PM)

The A's opener, political rap, opera, Cesar Chavez Day celebration, Destiny Arts Performance Company, Pillow Talk and conversation (with food) about what's happening in the Middle East

 

Oakland, Black in the Day - (Posted on: March, 15 2011 at 12:16 PM)

It wasn’t exactly a surprise. The 2010 U.S. Census confirmed what earlier stats and lots of anecdotal evidence had signaled. Oakland isn’t the black city it was. The census reports the city has lost almost 25 percent of its African- American population in the last 10 years.