Sam Laird

O.N. Blogwalk: College Ave, Friday dusk.

Every week this fall, Oakland North is taking a blogwalk.  Usually on weekends, but maybe not. Sometimes we’ll have cameras, audiorecorders, or both; sometimes we’ll just tell you about what we heard and saw.   If you want to send us someplace in particular, let us know. It’s a balmy early Friday evening in North…

In Parkway Theater’s lingering absence, the fragility of an urban neighborhood

“It’s a sad memory, looking at that, especially at nighttime,” says an Oakland cafe owner whose business view takes in the padlocked, empty theater building that used to be the Parkway. A look at the loss of the popular neighborhood hub and the challenges hampering efforts to bring it back to life. by Sam Laird/Oakland North

Parks fire prevention plan makes headway

As flames continued to rage elsewhere in the state, a local voter-approved wildfire prevention project for the East Bay hills moved toward implementation in Oakland last night.  In the fifth in a series of six public hearings on the brush-clearing, wood-chopping Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan, three dozen citizens listened without major objection…

The Favorite

Customers describe the fried chicken sandwich, Betty’s main attraction.