Laura Flynn

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5:03pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Technology

Volunteers hack technology to improve Oakland city government

Data visualization of Oakland’s budget (2012-13) created by Open Budget Oakland

It’s a Tuesday evening in Oakland’s City Hall. A group of people ranging in age from their 20s to 50s 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 Mathai.

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5:40pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

What electricity choices could look like

Mike Parker reviewing his energy bill
Laura Flynn

You might have heard about CleanPowerSF in the news recently. KCBS reports that, “for nine years, the city has been trying to come up with a renewable energy program where people can buy their power from a provider other than PG&E.”

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5:35pm

Wed September 11, 2013

5:46pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Arts & Culture

Lives of the Tenderloin remembered

Marjorie Beggs and Tom Carter in their office
Laura Flynn

Nearly every city in the US has a Tenderloin. Here in San Francisco, it’s a neighborhood home to a dozen social service agencies, low-rent residential hotels, or SROs, and thousands of low-income – and-no-income – residents. Premature deaths from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and complications from substance use and abuse mark the lives of many in the Tenderloin. It’s a part of the city known for open drug use. A place many people avoid and one where individual lives can be easily forgotten.

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4:10pm

Thu February 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Sam Adato’s Drum Shop, an institution for drummers

From left to right: Vince Lateano, Adam Willis, Sam Adato, and Brandon Etzler
Laura Flynn

The phone is ringing and a constant stream of people are coming through the gated door. Sam Adato, a long-haired rocker and owner of the drum shop, buzzes them in from behind the counter.

The intimate shop is a maze of colorful stacks upon stacks of vintage drums. The walls are covered with posters – custom made by Adato – of drummers, rock and roll records, drum equipment and other trinkets he’s collected over the last 20 years from customers and friends. Everyone who comes through the door seems to know each other, it was a familiar place, a place for drummers.

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