Port of Oakland

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The Port of Oakland is the 5th busiest port in America.

Oakland mostly imports goods like apparel, consumer electronics, consumer goods, glass, and household items.

Secondarily the Port of Oakland exports dried fruits, nuts, wine, and beverages.

The majority of trading partners at the Port of Oakland are with Asia 77%, Europe 12%, and Australia/New Zealand 2%. The reminder of trade are with Hawaii and Guam at 7%.

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For the Birds

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Great Blue Heron at the Guadalupe River Trail

 

First eating

 

Then flying

 

Definitely for the birds

Mangos

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Mangos originated in India over 5,000 years ago

Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa, and South America from around 300 to 400 AD

Some mango varieties are called: 1. Honey 2. Francis 3. Haden 4. Keitt 5. Kent 6. Tommy Atkins 7. Palmer

Keep unripe mangos at room temperature

A ripe mango will be softer

Scarecrow

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Photograph taken at Shirakawa-go 白川郷 in Gifu Prefecture.

Please go away birds

to protect our fields

provide food for others

for the next harvest

123KLAN at Pow! Wow! San Jose (PWSJ)

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123KLAN are a French husband and wife graffiti team consisting of Scien and Klor from Montreal, Canada. They create graffiti art, design graphics and branding, and produce clothing such as BANDIT1SM x 123KLAN. Their art style combines graffiti art with large lettering in acid colors and characters in manga style. Like all good artists 123KLAN has a distinctive artistic style that defines themselves. 123KLAN participated in this year’s PWSJ 2018 an international week-long arts and culture festival held in San Jose.

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UNITE HERE Local 19 Strike at San Jose Marriott Hotel

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UNITE HERE Local 19 workers energetically continue to strike for the twelfth day at the San Jose Marriott Hotel in downtown San Jose to negotiate a better contract. The workers demand a livable wage, job safety, and job protections as some Marriott Hotel are using robot workers. Many working class workers in Silicon Valley often have to work 2-3 jobs to pay for the high housing costs and other living expenses. Meanwhile the owner of the San Jose Marriott Hotel Carey Watermark 2, a real estate investment trust, are being an irresponsible owner. Fellow Marriott workers are also striking in San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Detroit, and Boston.

Viva CalleSJ 2018

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The San Jose Bike Clinic repair station at the SoFA hub at Viva CalleSJ 2018

On Sunday September 23rd, 2018 over 100,000 enthusiastic bike riders, skaters, and walkers converged on the streets of San Jose. There were thousands of families, students, friends, the young, the old, stingrays, tandems, fixies, cruisers, unicycles, and recumbent bicycles. Viva Calle is an open street project by the City of San Jose transforming the streets free of automobiles, motorized vehicles, and carbon emissions for one day. The 2018 route started at the SoFA district in downtown San Jose then went southbound on Monterey Road past Santa Clara Co. Fairgrounds and ended at Martial Cottle Park in south San Jose. It was a fun day for all.

Hara Model Railway Museum

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Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama is a railway museum that opened in 2012. It is said to be one the largest collection of model trains and collectibles in the world. Nobutaro Hara, the founder of the museum, studied at Tokyo Institute of Technology to study railway technology. At the museum you can observe trains from Japan, United States, and Europe. The museum seeks to recreate real trains by utilizing the same railway technologies.