Nate Miley, Brand X, and East Bay 365 Get Noticed

A citizen opinion, a reader raves, and the revamped blog receives congrats.


Against Miley

My wife, Sonia, and I are law-abiding and taxpaying citizens of the 4th District and have never received a response from Nate Miley’s office on any of our legitimate complaints [“The Race for County Supe Is Personal,” May]. Miley is only protecting the “moneyed” interests and does not concern himself with the law-abiding taxpayer. Miley must be removed from office. We need fresh blood.

Peter Santoro


For Brand X

I have had four pairs of Brand X shoes [“A Treat for Your Feet,” April] custom made for my size 13 dogs. Love ’em!!!! Well made and so comfy. Highly recommend if you are looking for comfy summer or warm weather footwear

Jo Latko


Feast Bay = East Bay 365

The reshaping of Oakland Magazine’s regular food blog, Feast Bay, to also feature news articles and commentary prompted comments from readers about the expanded blog, which is named East Bay 365.


Looking forward to all the new coverage. Long overdue!

Annalee Allen


Congrats on this exciting development. Don’t forget to include Richmond in your East Bay beat.

Carica Wines


Youth Radio Weighs In

Thanks for the story [“Podcast Nation,” May 2016]. We appreciate that reporter Spencer Silva was able to include all that Youth Radio does and really hit home all that YR brings to Oakland, re: diversity in media. But we are concerned about a major inaccuracy.

In Silva’s transition to talking about YR (on page 35), he wrote that “NPR made” Youth Radio in 1993, followed by description of how our founder independently founded YR in 1992. This is a big issue for us. While our partnership with NPR is a strong one, we were founded independently and have always operated as a completely separate entity. Therefore, our leadership is a very disappointed that NPR was incorrectly credited with creating YR, especially in efforts to solve NPR’s diversity issues. This has the potential to create confusion and negatively impact our funding and individual giving.

Bridget Botelho, communications manager, Youth Radio


Silver had written: “In 1993, NPR made Youth Radio—a nonprofit media production company based in Downtown Oakland—its official youth desk; its place for teen-driven news.” He responds: “I’m not sure readers are led to believe that your organization is funded by NPR.”



Photo credits for Al Letson and Roman Mars were left out of “Podcast Nation” [May]. The Letson photo was courtesy of Al Letson, and the Roman Mars photo was by Bert Johnson.

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