The Oakbook

Oakland Voices is on hiatus while we wait for our new class. In the meantime, we are offering a live feed from The Oakbook. Get updates on Oakland issues and events from a unique perspective.

New Beginnings - (Posted on: November, 16 2006 at 12:00 AM)

I can’t even tell ya’ll how pumped we are to get this website popping. Besides being hardcore fans of our beloved city, we’re also news people who want to do right by Oakland. I don’t think I’m stepping out of line when I say Oakland most definitely needs new news sources. For awhile now, this city has lacked a journalism outlet that focuses exclusively on the ins and outs, ups and downs of the residents, the schools, the neighborhoods, the public servants, the non-profits, the motorcycle clubs, the progressive grassroots, the youth of the city.

On the Santa Fe Trail - (Posted on: November, 19 2006 at 12:00 AM)

Santa Fe Elementary school sits at the corner of Market and 54th Streets in North Oakland, one block from the small storefront that once housed the Black Panthers anti-poverty center and is now called the Ebony Lady Salon. A street sign at the intersection of Market and 55th Streets pays tribute to the traffic light that the Black Panthers demanded be placed there in 1967 after speeding cars killed several children. Today, the crossing guard at Santa Fe says cars still drive too fast on Market Street. It's a dangerous place for kids.

No Turning Back - (Posted on: November, 21 2006 at 12:00 AM)

Over the weekend Oakland Black Panther William Lee Brent, 76, passed away in Havana after a struggle with bronchial pneumonia. In June 1969, Brent hijacked a TWA flight from San Francisco to Cuba. In the drama that is my life, I actually met the former bodyguard to Eldridge Cleaver.

V vs. Z: The Battle Over Condo Conversion - (Posted on: November, 23 2006 at 12:00 AM)

Love them or hate them, you can't say that Oakland Native, aka Johnny Z, and V Smoothe, don't love Oakland. The founders of spend more time than your average 27-year-olds talking and writing about the direction Oakland - especially downtown Oakland, or the DTO in Johnny Z's coinage - should take. But V and Z are not your garden variety, single-issue gadflys. V is a classical scholar who reads ancient Greek and Aramaic. Z knows an awful lot about fashion. Both are deejays, who share a fondness for an obscure sub-genre of late 1970's, post-disco Italian club music.

Sketching Marty McCorkle - (Posted on: November, 26 2006 at 12:00 AM)

There are 42 squares against a blue backdrop set with clouds of silver and gold. I didn’t know what it all added up to, but I loved it the moment I saw it. So did my husband. We bought it on the spot. It turned out that it was supposed to be a nuclear explosion. Not quite the happy subject one might want to hang in the living room. But we did.

Oakland by the Numbers - (Posted on: November, 28 2006 at 12:00 AM)

In some ways, Oakland is a riddle to itself. No one knows for sure if the city is gaining or losing people. Forget about pegging the precise number of residents. The city budget is often fuzzy. I have even heard the exact headcount of city employees debated by people who ought to know.

Oaklandly: Nighthawks at the Diner - (Posted on: November, 28 2006 at 11:37 AM)

It can sometimes be challenging to find a late nightspot that offers a decent meal in Oakland.  No one wants to resort to the Jack in the Box on Telegraph or the Denny’s in Emeryville, where the wait can be over thirty minutes for greasy food. After a night of disco dancing, the movies, or hanging out at a house party, I often find myself craving a tasty meal after midnight. Luckily, other night dwellers let me in on the places where my hunger can be satisfied.