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Tweet Follow me [by Aimee Allison, Executive Producer OaklandSeen] By now, you’ve likely seen the whining from a certain columnist calling 2009 one of Oakland’s worst years ever. Um, no. The OaklandSeen team compiled our own list and we’re happy to report that good news abounds. Here are OaklandSeen’s top ten reasons to Hella Love Oakland in 2009. 1. Schools Comin’ Up: East Oakland’s Urban Promise Middle School and Fruitvale’s International High School were nationally recognized....

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com The drive for young women to be like Miley Cyrus continues with golf star Michelle Wie and her new blog that’s caused quite a stir online.  I received an email tip and had to check out the latest buzz on Wie, which I did with my friends who own the Lake Merritt Cafe in Oakland, CA: Michelle Wie’s  blog, called “A Black Flamingo: a mindless blog about life and the stuff that...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com My friend, fellow Oakland blogger, and valued guest blogger at Oakland Focus Michael Caton has had it with Oakland, and to my surprise wrote a stinging blog post on my Oakland Focus Blog that detailed the reason for writing that he would never return to our city in the future: the parking problem.   An Oakland parking enforcement official Michael has a blog called “An Oakland Citizen”...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com Last night I happened by the Conga Lounge Tiki Bar in Oakland’s Rockridge District and the owners Mano and Michael Thanos treated me to a great Mai Tai and a cool t-shirt, and informed me that on Sunday (today) they’re having a party to celebrate the creation of that tasty cocktail. The party runs from 5 PM to 10 PM at 5422 College Ave (above Cafe Rustica), and Oakland Councilmember Rebecca...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com Now that the long-awaited Lake Chalet is open, one would think everyone in Oakland’s happy that it’s done and the boathouse is restored. But no. I’m told some Oakland councilmembers are still upset over a vote that took place three years ago. So much so they won’t even set foot in the Lake Chalet! Let’s go back three years to 2006, when San Francisco restaurateurs...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, StupidVideos and Sclipo I couldn’t wait to visit the new Lake Chalet Restaurant at the restored Lake Merritt Boathouse, so I made a plan with my friend Gab to be there when the doors opened for the first time right at 5 PM last Monday, August 17th. As you may recall, I recently posted a video-blog of the day the ribbon was cut to dedicate the...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com I write this with a large degree of bias because he’s my friend, but I’m welcoming William Wong to SFGate.com and the CityBrights blogger section. “Bill”, as I call him more than deserves to be here. He’s written expressively about his Asian American culture and in the process has given all of us a great window into a world too often ignored in America. Bill wrote for...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com On Thursday, August 5th, a well-attended dedication was held to honor the newly restored Oakland Boathouse and welcome a much needed shot in the Lake Merritt arm, The Lake Chalet at 1520 Lakeside Drive. The event, which you can relive minus the long speeches, in this video, attracted about 300 people just by eyeballing it. It was a kind of reunion of Oaklanders. There was Mayor Ron Dellums, the...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com On YouTube.com LakeFest is a street fair that was held last Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd on Lakeshore Avenue between Lake Park and Mandana near the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland. After a long absence, it’s back for its second year and with great bands and vendors selling clothes and representing everything from the new Lake Chalet restaurant to “Friends of the Oakland Public Library.”...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com On YouTube.com In the ongoing gaga of the Parkway and Cerrito theaters in Oakland and El Cerrito respectively we have read or heard the views of many people over the past seven months except two: Catherine and Kyle Fisher, who created both the Parkway Theater in Oakland, California and the Cerrito Theater in El Cerrito, California.  I was honored to be given the exclusive first video interview...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com On YouTube.com Yesterday I posted a blog entry which contained set of videos from the YouTube channel of “EASTOAKLAND106”, and contained scenes that were shocking. One showed two young black men basically exacting an ugly form of “street” justice on a white man in East Oakland. The other videos were created during “The Sideshow”, an activity featuring muscle...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! YouTube, Yahoo, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, StupidVideos, Sclipo and Viddler Consistent followers of my videos and Oakland Focus Blog will remember my coverage of the proposed 1100 Broadway building in downtown Oakland at the historic Key System Building site, as well as the terrific Rocky Rische-Baird-created mural at the corner. The 20-story structure is planned as a spec office building that will dramatically transform...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! In the third installment of my series on the “Top 10 on Twitter” in different cities, I took a new look at Oakland today and found some dramatic changes. But first, from Dharmesh Shah’s awesome Twitter Grader app, here’s the list by name, score, and number of followers: 1. MistahFAB – 99.99 – 22,9712. acedtect – 99.97 – 16,2063. mollywood – 99.97 – 20,5394. zennie62 –...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! The giant 100-acre Oakland Army Base is the focus of a development competition between two groups led by people well-known to many Oaklanders: “AMB/CCG” (for AMB Property Corporation and the “CCG” is California Commercial Group) is directed by Phil Tagami, of California Commercial Investments, and who redeveloped two Oakland landmarks the Fox Oakland Theater and the Oakland Rotunda, and Federated Oakland Associates,...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! Visit YouTube YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Sclipo and Viddler On Saturday July 11th at 5: 30 PM, I walked out of a cafe on Grand Avenue near Lake Merritt in Oakland and noticed that sweet smell that comes after a light rain and a weird amber tint of the sidewalk below me, so I looked up and was surprised by an incredible site: a remarkable double rainbow that stretched overhead and to the left and right of me. ...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! Remember the blog post I wrote about a week ago stating that Oakland District Two Councilmember Pat Kernighan should get the Oakland Redevelopment Agency (ORA) involved in the effort to save the now-closed Parkway Theater? Well, I was just contacted by an unnamed source who explained in great detail how and when the ORA will work to redevelop the Parkway Speakeasy Theater, located at 1834 Park Blvd in Oakland. The effort will mean the...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! YouTube, Blip.tv and Sclipo For weeks now, BART management and labor have been arguing over who should give up what on the eve of the expiration of contracts with the five unions that represent BART workers. But there’s a problem: the matter of the murder of Oscar Grant and the revelation that another BART officer used a racial slur, and this was captured in a new video, raise questions regarding labor’s moral standing to...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! To say that Steve Snider – my friend known for the revival of the downtown Oakland party scene and who served on the Mayor’s Sports and Entertainment Task Force, and is now part of the Uptown District team that’s behind this party to take place tommorrow – gets involved with anything small would be a joke. While “Oakland Uptown Unveiled” isn’t the largest event ever held in downtown Oakland,...

Tweet Follow me More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! The “Save The Parkway Theater” movement, once a seemingly happy collection of like-minded Oaklanders, has rapidly degenerated into the same kind of feckless factionalization that’s doomed the effort to keep the Athletics baseball team in Oakland. Yes, once again, we have groups that don’t talk to each other and with different agendas and a common problem: a lack of leadership from the elected officials involved....

Tweet Follow me   More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! The 98th running of what is now called the ING Bay to Breakers (I have to admit I was used to “The San Francisco Examiner Bay To Breakers” because the name “San Francisco” was in it) kicks off tomorrow (Sunday, May 17th) and for the first time, I’m not running it; I’m covering it. It’s a weird feeling but a totally new experience. As media you get to attend a very cool press conference, as I did on Friday...