Oakland http://kalw.org en Meals on Wheels: Food and fellowship for Oakland's elders http://kalw.org/post/meals-wheels-food-and-fellowship-oaklands-elders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are over 40 million people over the age of 65 in the US today. According to the census bureau, that number is going to double by mid-century. While the senior citizen population grows, the country’s economic health is declining, which brings up questions: How will we care for the elderly? How will we ensure they are fed, clothed, and sheltered?</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Jen Chien 30290 at http://kalw.org Meals on Wheels: Food and fellowship for Oakland's elders Oakland hires first tech chief http://kalw.org/post/oakland-hires-first-tech-chief <p></p><p class="p1">Groups like <a href="http://openoakland.org">Open Oakland </a>and <a href="http://codeforamerica.org">Code for America</a>&nbsp;want to help improve digital efficiency in the city, and now, a new government office is joining that effort. This past January, Bryan Sastokas became Oakland’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). He has held the role in two cities previously, most recently Modesto. He oversees all things tech in city government, and it is his job to figure out how technology can solve communication breakdowns between residents and City Hall, or within the network of city departments.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:08:00 +0000 Ben Trefny 41129 at http://kalw.org Oakland hires first tech chief Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government http://kalw.org/post/volunteers-hack-technology-improve-oakland-city-government <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a Tuesday evening in Oakland’s City Hall. A group of people ranging in age from their </span>20s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to </span>50s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are sitting, many in front of their laptops. This is an Open Oakland hacking meeting. Though a lot of jargon is thrown around, some of the people here have no tech backgrounds at all, including Anna&nbsp;</span>Mathai<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:03:21 +0000 Laura Flynn 41134 at http://kalw.org Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government WEB EXTRA: The map of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland http://kalw.org/post/web-extra-map-9-1-1-call-oakland <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:15:52 +0000 Cal Tabuena-Froli 34178 at http://kalw.org WEB EXTRA: The map of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland 50 years later, old soul finds new fans http://kalw.org/post/50-years-later-old-soul-finds-new-fans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The film </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">20 Feet from Stardom</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which just won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature </span><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/03/20-feet-from-stardom-wins-best-documentary-oscar" style="line-height: 1.5;">this past weekend</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, shines a spotlight on the female singers who sang backup to the biggest soul and rock legends during the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:15:00 +0000 Hana Baba & Ashleyanne Krigbaum 40490 at http://kalw.org 50 years later, old soul finds new fans