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Local with Lisa Sports Psychologist

Noah Merl knows the pressures athletes face. He played a soccer for Cal and the Seattle Sounders. Now, he is a clinical therapist and sports psychology consultant.

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Since 2012, Park Burger in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood has been serving local, sustainable, comfort food.  Tic Barber is one of the owners.

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Local with Lisa: Plank + Power

Megan Gressel was a popular pilates instructor in Oakland.  She used to talk to me about her dreams of opening her own studio in her El Cerrito community. Well, I am so proud of her, because, guess what? She did it. Plank + Power is now open.  Megan, what is it like to see your […]

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Local with Lisa: Colonial Donuts

If you live in the East Bay, you’ve probably heard of Colonial Donuts.  There are two locations, one in Montclair and one on Lakeshore.    Phing Yamamoto manages both shops. So tell me the story about how your parents purchased Colonial Donuts 40 years ago. Yes, they did.  They’re the classic American dream immigrants coming […]

Local with Lisa: Colonial Donuts

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Local with Lisa: Marzano

Marzano is a cozy Italian restaurant on Park Boulevard in Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood. Manna Tekie is the owner and general manager. So tell me a little bit about the history of Marzano, because I know it closed in 2014, but then reopened in 2016.  Manna:  Yeah, I’ve been here since 2008. It opened up as […]

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Piedmont High School's Wellness Center

What is the Wellness Center? About a third of Piedmont High School students and a quarter of Piedmont Middle School students receive counseling at the PUSD Wellness Center every year. And it’s up to us to keep it going, so they always have this resource. Senior Danny Allen says he used the wellness center a […]

Local with Lisa: The Wellness Center

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Oakland Animal Services is seeing a surge in people surrendering their dogs and the shelter is getting crowded. Ann Dunn is the director at OAS.  Lisa:  So what’s going on here at Oakland Animal Services?  Ann:  Well, on the challenging side, what’s going on is that our intake is going up for big dogs especially. […]

Local with Lisa: Oakland Animal Services Over Capacity

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I was honored to emcee the W. Ray Johnson Foundation Scholarship Soiree, helping overlooked students achieve their academic goals.

Local with Lisa: Scholarship Soiree

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Since 2013, Piedmont’s Lee Chin has co-owned the Oakland Flower Market on Jefferson Street in downtown Oakland, and it’s open to everyone. 

Local with Lisa: Oakland Flower Market

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