Oakland: Business mixed at independent bookstores
The Book Tree and A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village report a spike in sales.
In her last State of the City address before facing voters in November, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said public safety was her top priority.
In her year-end crime report, Piedmont police Chief Rikki Goede noted that crimes overall decreased 11 percent from 2012, with 353 crimes reported in 2012 compared with 317 for 2013.
In a partnership with a RE-volv, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that finances solar projects, Kehilla Community Synagogue installed a 22-kilowatt solar array on the roof of their Grand Avenue building in Piedmont.
Council members said very little Tuesday before they spurned BMT International Security Services and opted to retain Cypress Private Security for the $2 million contract.
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So a Catholic walks into a Lutheran School fundraiser."I saw your sign outside. Are you serving crabs tonight?""Come on in. We'll serve anyone."And with that, the folks at Zion Lutheran Church and school on Park Boulevard brought out the best crab I've had in a long time.
Floral designer Valerie Ow, who owns J. Miller Flowers on Piedmont Avenue, has been participating for 15 years in "Bouquets to Art," which returns to the de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for its 30th anniversary celebration this month.
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More than 1,600 wore their sunglasses at night, for a possible record
There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Full Story
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
SXSW Music Picks: Chain Gang of 1974 buzzes into Texas
Also meet Adrian Marcel, one of Oakland's most promising R&B talents.
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Ke$ha 'happy' after two months in rehab
The pop star checked into rehab for an eating disorder.