The little things.

As I was walking the hound this morning, one of my elderly neighbors asked me for some help. She said her kids and grand kids have shown her over and over again how to turn on her radio, but she can’t remember. She asked me if I would come in and help her. She had planned on going to church, but decided to stay home and listen to some tapes. When I came inside and saw this radio – I could see how anyone could be confused. It looked like a spaceship – buttons and lights all over the place. But we figured it out – a sermon from Allen Temple began to fill the room. I then went round up my little hound, which she allowed to roam freely – and before I left, she gave me what you see pictured here. “Get your little puppy a snack,” she says. I tell her it’s not necessary, but she insists. It’s these random acts that put things into perspective – on the surface, it only looks like $2 – but moments like these are invaluable. #oakland #love

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Oakland is Warriors Ground. Too little, too late?

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At Oakland City Hall for a meeting this morning and saw this banner. Oakland is Warriors Ground. There should be an asterisk that says until 2017. My city has major issues, and I know on the surface it doesn’t seem like keeping a sports team in the city should be a priority over the other challenges the city faces – like crime. But the loss of a team means losses of jobs and opportunities – which impacts economics. Ultimately, this could send the economic-education-health matrix into a tailspin. I do find it ironic that in this same picture is a banner promoting a walk to end poverty. I guess we better lace up our shoes, because if my city doesn’t develop a better economic infrastructure, we’ll be walking forever. #oakland

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Oakland is Warriors Ground. Too little, too late?

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At Oakland City Hall for a meeting this morning and saw this banner. Oakland is Warriors Ground. There should be an asterisk that says until 2017. My city has major issues, and I know on the surface it doesn’t seem like keeping a sports team in the city should be a priority over the other challenges the city faces – like crime. But the loss of a team means losses of jobs and opportunities – which impacts economics. Ultimately, this could send the economic-education-health matrix into a tailspin. I do find it ironic that in this same picture is a banner promoting a walk to end poverty. I guess we better lace up our shoes, because if my city doesn’t develop a better economic infrastructure, we’ll be walking forever. #oakland