Fruitvale

12:57pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Taco Trucks

A Fruitvale food tradition threatened

Oakland is known for its food trucks, which serve everything from tacos and tamales to West African cuisine.  But few know that this latest culinary trend got its start in Fruitvale almost 30 years ago. Fruitvale still has the city’s largest concentration of mobile food vendors – a predominantly immigrant population. These micro-businesses provide owners low overhead and the opportunity to become successful entrepreneurs. But if running a small business isn’t hard enough in this economy, vendors now face the added challenge of armed robbery.

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4:03pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Latino voters show up for Obama

Voters at the Fruitvale polling station
Julie Caine

Latino voters are credited with coming out in large numbers yesterday for President Barack Obama to help him secure a second term. Locally, Latino voters came to the polls with mostly one issue on their minds. 

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4:31pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Cops & Courts

Can a new crop of Oakland cops help build community trust?

Oakland Police Department hosted its first open house in May 2012 to build community relations
Kyung Jin Lee

When the Oakland Police Department put out a call for new recruits earlier this year, more than 2,000 people applied – mostly from outside of Oakland. The applicants live in cities in the outer East Bay and in San Francisco, but they also hail from as far away as Illinois and Florida.

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1:28pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

The Sharing Economy: Bilingual Bike Repair in Fruitvale

Entrance to the shop, with volunteer-painted sign. Inside: Kathleen Mills, Steven Hobdy and Morgan Kanninen
Photo by Jen Chien

Bike culture in the Bay Area runs the gamut, from high performance racing to hipster fixies. Keeping a bike can be an expensive hobby, and as with cars, some people use their bikes as an extension of their personal style.

At ColectíVelo, a community bike shop in East Oakland, bicycles are still seen for their primary purpose: transportation. The shop provides free space and tools, bike repair training in Spanish and English, and access to bicycles for those with low incomes.

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