Charlie Mintz en Chew on This: Community service on the street level <p><em>Many of us wonder what we can do for the communities we live in. Sometimes we feel alienated, even from our neighbors, and just want to connect. Other times, we come together for the sake of safety. We join a neighborhood watch, or pay a visit to city hall. In this next story, we meet three residents of West Oakland who are finding new ways to clean up their communities -- literally. Reporter Charlie Mintz has the story from “<a href="">Chew on This</a>,” a new project coming to KALW this fall.</em></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:48:41 +0000 Charlie Mintz 17505 at Chew on This: Community service on the street level Microeconomics through the eyes of a microbrewer <p>At Linden Street Brewery in West Oakland, a red lager is fermenting inside a shiny kettle that looks sort of like a giant, silver crayon on its head. Nearby, co-owner Adam Lamoreaux surveys a drum-shaped cauldron in need of some scrubbing.</p><p>“Brewing is a whole lot more cleaning than actually making beer,” says Lamoreaux.</p><p>Lamoreaux, 38, is a mellow former Navy engineer with a shaved head and a Rasputin beard dangling over his collar. His wife hates it, but the beard's a charm, safe from the razor until the day Linden Street Brewery, which opened in 2009, stops growing.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:01:13 +0000 Charlie Mintz 17239 at Microeconomics through the eyes of a microbrewer Squatting with a cause <p>Just after midnight in San Francisco&rsquo;s Hayes Valley, two men smoke cigarettes outside the gate of an abandoned school. They&rsquo;re waiting for the right moment to break in.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:02:23 +0000 Charlie Mintz 15151 at Squatting with a cause Pondering Oakland's pension dilemma <p>Add Oakland to the list of cities struggling to pay old pension debts. Recently, <a href="">we took a look at PFRS</a> -- the Police and Fire Retirement System. Let&rsquo;s recap:</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:17:29 +0000 Charlie Mintz 13157 at Pondering Oakland's pension dilemma To pay old pension debt, Oakland weighs bet on future <p>In a recent press conference, Mayor Jean Quan touted Oakland&#39;s <a href="">balanced budget</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m pleased to say that today we are not making any major cuts to any program,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We are not laying anybody off. In fact we are making a few modest increases.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:34:53 +0000 Charlie Mintz 12457 at To pay old pension debt, Oakland weighs bet on future