Oakland Unseen

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"Guess I’ll move to Oakland!" stencil spotted by photographer Joe Sciarrillo in front of City College of San Francisco, 22nd Street and Bartlett, San Francisco.

"Guess I’ll move to Oakland!" stencil spotted by photographer Joe Sciarrillo in front of City College of San Francisco, 22nd Street and Bartlett, San Francisco.

Oakland mayoral candidates court voters via Tinder dating app

Nine frontrunners for Oakland’s 2014 Mayor’s race are on Tinder, Oakland Unseen recently discovered through an anonymous source in City Hall. These candidates are using Tinder to connect with Millennial voters in Oakland who will likely decide who will become Oakland’s next mayor in the November 4 election. Tinder is a smartphone-based dating app that’s exploded in popularity because of its ease of use—requiring the user just to swipe left for people they don’t like, and swipe right for people they do.

Since receiving this scoop, Oakland Unseen’s investigative reporting unit has conducted a months-long investigation alongside our nonprofit reporting partners, funded by several public-interest journalism grants.

Jason Overman, Rebecca Kaplan’s spokesman, said of the Tinder revelation, “Tons of people nowadays are using Tinder to hookup with singles in Oakland. Why not use the app to court the young adult vote? We’ve got to stay one foot in front of the competition.”

However, Kaplan could be falling behind. Records obtained from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests show that soon after Kaplan joined Tinder to ‘connect’ with prospective Oakland voters, several other candidates joined Tinder, including Mayor Jean Quan, Councilmember Libby Schaaf, City Auditor Courtney Ruby, Port Commissioner Bryan Parker, civil-rights attorney Dan Siegel, community activist Jason “Shake” Anderson, neighborhood watch leader Patrick McCullough, and overly optimistic professor Joe Tuman.

An unnamed source at City Hall told Oakland Unseen: “Nowadays, voters are expecting a candidate to go the extra mile. They don’t want just leaflets at their door, but sometimes they want to know their candidate intimately. And how far they will go on the issues that matter most to them,” our source said, removing their glasses and pausing dramatically. “Yes, it’s a viral marketing campaign (hopefully just in one way), but that’s what you have to do nowdays to get elected,” our source said before disappearing behind a curtain.

When Oakland Unseen reached out to Tinder about whether or not this violates Tinder’s user agreement, Tinder’s CMO Justin Mateen replied, “I’m not sure, can I get back to you? I have some other things I need to take care of right now.”

Oakland Unseen has obtained each of the Oakland mayoral candidate’s Tinder profiles, and they’re below.

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Tinder illustrations by Krusty Wheatfield, http://www.krustywheatfield.com.

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EXCLUSIVE: Proposed changes to Oakland Coliseum lease

Oakland Athletics Stay t-shirt by Oaklandish

(STAY t-shirt by Oaklandish)

Oakland’s City Council met Wednesday night at a special session to add changes to the Coliseum’s 10-year lease agreement with the A’s. The A’s spent the last 14 months negotiating their contract, only to have additional conditions added at the last minute by the City Council. Oakland Unseen recently obtained a copy of the proposed amendments to the 10-year lease agreement, and they’re listed below:

  • Bernie Lean must be played between every inning.
  • Proposed statue of Lew Wolff must face south towards Fremont/San Jose.
  • Must have séance with the ghost of Al Davis before making any major changes to Coliseum.
  • City Council required to consult with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee/ former mayor Gavin Newsom for help on how to keep a pro sports team in your city.
  • No signage allowed in stadium, including advertising, section markers, and retired jerseys.
  • To preserve the Coliseum’s delicate plumbing, must hold handle extra long to flush.
  • Tear down Coliseum BART bridge to preserve the habitat of burrowing owls who nest between BART tracks and stadium parking lot.
  • Mark up beer another $10 a cup.
  • Garlic fries can only be sold at the top of Mount Davis, to make fans exercise before eating fatty foods.
  • Allow a sitting City Council member to throw out first pitch/sing national anthem no fewer than 3 times a season.
  • Sonny Gray must personally deliver any amendments to agreement to mayor, shirtless.
  • Any changes to scoreboard must be approved by 2/3rds of California voters.

Billy Beane to use Sabermetrics to recruit undiscovered Oakland city council candidates

Billy Beane, the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. (Image credit: The Greatest Sign Maker).

Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s General Manager who became famous for recruiting overlooked players in the book and film Moneyball, is at it again in Oakland. This time, he’s using his statistical modeling and skill profiling to find and recruit rising politicians overlooked in other cities who would be a good fit for Oakland’s City Council. Time will tell whether or not his latest efforts will pay off, and whether or not Brad Pitt will play him in Moneyball II: The Rise of Quan.

First journalist sent into East Oakland in 7 years

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(Oakland is Proud sign at the Brighter Than Blight exhibit)

East Oakland has been a news desert for the last 7 years. We don’t know actually what’s going on there. Yes, there is reporting from the Coliseum, but no one in the journalism community has gone into Deep East Oakland in so long, we’re not sure what’s actually there anymore. Eastmont Mall? Castlemont? Oakland Unseen will get back to you on what we find.

Al Gore in San Francisco (photo by Joe Sciarrillo).

Al Gore in San Francisco (photo by Joe Sciarrillo).