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Tweet Last night I started to believe in guardian angels. I was at work, was pissed that I had more to do more work at the end. I said to my co-worker, “Man, it seems like it never ends!” Well, THANK “God” it panned out that way. My normal bike ride home at midnight involves me grabbing some kind of late night grub, a random sandwich...

Tweet Fitness SF, which was once called Gold’s Gym of the San Francisco Bay Area, and of which this vlogger has been a long-time member of it’s Oakland facility, has suffered from the actions of an irate web developer by the name of Frank Jonen. Claiming unpaid invoices, Mr. Jonen has taken to altering the FitnessSF main website in such a way as to inform visitors of the beef he has with FitnessSF owners. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause for you as a customer of FitnessSF, however it is a necessary...

Tweet The City of Oakland’s Communication’s Department sent over this recap of a Monday meeting on the Art Murmur – First Friday Shooting of two weeks ago, with Mayor Jean Quan as host, together with Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson, City Administrator Deanna Santana, police Chief Howard Jordan, Councilmember Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, and Oakland residents and business owners. Here it is: City leaders met today with a wide range of people invested in the future of Oakland First Fridays, including some members of...

Tweet This is a press release on what this blogger calls the Trestle Glenn Robber issued by the Oakland Police Department: Oakland Police Need Help From the Public Oakland, CA — The Oakland Police Department requests assistance from the media and the community in identifying a burglary suspect. Police have released this photo of the person they believe to be responsible for committing a residential burglary. On February 2, 2013, during the day, a home burglary occurred in the Trestle Glenn Area not far from Lakeshore Avenue....

Tweet Kiante Campbell, or Kiante Tay Campbell, will be the focus of a memorial this evening at First Place For Youth, located at 1601 Telegraph Avenue right at the corner of Telegraph and 16th Streets in Downtown Oakland (next to the Rotunda and just a hop from Cafe Van Kleef). This blogger found Kiante Campbell’s Facebook page, and it offers some interesting insight into the young man. First, his birthdate: June 12, 1994 Second, he was popular, with 552 Facebook friends, and many from the same schools he attended. ...

Tweet Rebecca D. Kaplan, the Oakland City Council’s At Large representative and new President Pro Tem has sent this statement on the Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Shooting that occurred almost one week ago come this Friday. “The shooting that took the young life of Kiante Campbell in Oakland Friday night was tragic – my prayers are with the victim’s family – and is evidence of a gun violence epidemic throughout our city that we must act to end. Our community is committed to ending gun violence – no matter...

Tweet The latest news in the case of the Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Shooting that happened Friday night is that a 19-year-old man was charged with assault, but no murder charge was filed. That, even though four people were wounded and one killed – Kiante Campbell of Oakland, 18. According to KTVU.com, 19-year-old Donald Parks Jr. was not charged with murder by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, but assault. Mr. Parks is specifically charged with assault with a semi-automatic firearm and one count...

Tweet Leoriot on Twitter just reported that five shots were fired “in the direction” of 14th and Peralta in West Oakland. Here’s the tweet: Just heard 5 shots go off in the direction of 14th an peralta in West O and a car speed off #Oakland...

Tweet Thanks to the video work of Oakland vlogger Matt Gratz, who lives next to the store, Whole Foods Oakland security guards are caught on camera making a mistake that could cost the 55,000-square-foot store at 27th and Oakland Avenue thousands of dollars in a lawsuit. The two guards, not black, are caught on camera holding the African American woman, who’s obviously upset that she is being manhandled over a misunderstanding, and this happened on Friday, February 1st – the day of the same night the First Friday...

Tweet The City of Oakland’s Communications Department has released a statement that the Oakland Police have arrested a single suspect in the Art Murmur / First Friday Shooting. Here’s the statement: The City has received several media inquiries today regarding the fatal shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of Telegraph Avenue. Police arrested on Saturday night the suspected gunman in that shooting. Details of the arrest, including the suspect’s identity, will be withheld until...

Tweet In the wake of the Oakland Art Murmur / First Friday Shooting of last Friday night, February 1st, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has issued this statement: We are deeply saddened about the event that occurred after and near the large and peaceful First Friday event last night. We offer our prayers to the families of the victims. The incident took place nearly one hour after the 10 p.m. event closure as police and security personnel were facilitating the reopening Telegraph Avenue. For several years First Friday has been a successful...

Tweet The Oakland Art Murmur Administration has left a statement on the website of the organization in the wake of last night’s First Friday shooting, where the killers are still at large as of this writing. The Oakland Art Murmur is deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting that occurred in the Uptown area last night in Oakland. We offer our prayers to the families of the victims. We also offer our prayers to the city of Oakland, the state of California and the entire country. This another example of the epidemic...

Tweet The First Friday Shooting is a horror and a tragedy that Oakland and Oakland Art Murmur must overcome. The video made by this blogger shows the awful scene of a Downtown Oakland empty of life, with police cars and crime tape. That’s not the Oakland we want to have. The only way to not have that happen is to keep Art Murmur and the street festival going. But the only way I can see to curb the violence that’s happening is to have something like The Guardian Angels in the crowd, and just people who are at...

Tweet The Waiting Room, last year’s award-wining, independent documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, spun off the Storytelling Project, a “location-based social media and community engagement initiative that aims to improve the patient experience through the collection and sharing of digital content”. I was particularly taken by “Breathing Lessons” a 2-minute clip featuring 7 year old Nia Walker who was brought into Highland by her recurring asthma attacks. In his recent State of the State message, Governor...

Tweet Oscar Grant’s spirit lives on in the movie Fruitvale. Fruitvale won top prize at The Sundance Film Festival and for the depiction of Oscar Grant’s last days of his life before he died at the gun of Johannes Mesherle in 2009 at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland. Grant’s murder sparked riots and protest in Oakland: Fruitvale became the first film Sundance film to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. Here’s FOX Searchlight CEO Tom...

Tweet Super Bowl XLVII is just five days away. If you’re in either San Francisco or Oakland and looking for a Super Bowl Party to attend, visit the Lake Chalet in Oakland, or the Park Chalet and Beach Chalet in San Francisco. The Chalet Restaurant owners, Lara and Gar, have planned to set up 50-inch large screen televisions – five of them at the Lake Chalet, two at the Beach Chalet, and three at the Park Chalet, plus one giant 110-inch set there. With all of those TV sets, you can’t miss the contest pitting...

Tweet Arlington, VA – Thanks to Sean Maher, from the City Of Oakland’s press information office, this media release has the details behind last night’s Oakland City Council meeting and the vote on the contract to hire the controversial William Bratton as a consultant to the Oakland Police Department: The vote on the Strategic Policy Partnership contract, which includes the consulting services of Bill Bratton, was approved by a 7-1 vote at about 2:10 a.m., with an amendment emphasizing that whatever policies...

Tweet Oaklanders who follow City Hall know that four public safety proposals are coming before the City Council tonight at its 5:30 meeting, as Council decides whether to: Authorize a temporary contract with the Alameda Sheriff’s Department to borrow ten deputies and a sergeant for two days per week; Add twenty police service technicians and one crime lab position; Remove conditions for holding a police academy in September, 2013 and begin the processes to hold that academy;  and Amend the city’s public safety consulting...

Tweet Just got this email from Oakland’s City Slicker Farms: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Innovative West Oakland Urban Farm and Park 1.4 Acre Farm and Park Will Provide Food and Community Resources as Vacant Industrial Lot Is Transformed into Nourishing Community Space On January 31, 2013, City Slicker Farms will present a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of development for the West Oakland Urban Farm and Park, a new kind of community park space that hosts space for healthy food cultivation, all developed in partnership...

Tweet Oakland Mayor Jean Quan issued a letter than may or may not bee seen or cared about as Oakland ponders Lance Armstrong and Manti T’eo. Mayor Quan is making public her support for the contract to hire the controversial William Bratton. This blogger has to say that spending $200,000 to buy back guns in Oakland is a better use of tax dollars. Here’s the full letter to The Oakland City Council: January 18, 2013 An open letter to the Oakland City Council 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza RE: Strategic Policy Partnership...