Motivational Monday: Giving Back

The above pic is Oakland. It’s where I live. Here is a little story on how I came to be an “East Bayer”. You see buying real estate in the Bay Area is sorta like buying Berkshire Hathaway stocks – you spend alot to get very little but what you do own is worth its weight in gold. Simply put, even with the combined incomes of me and The Partner, we could not afford to live in San Francisco. So we expanded our search to include the “East Bay” which pretty much means Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville (sorry Richmond). Eventually, we found ourselves in Oakland and purchased a fantastic 3-story loft in 2008. While I went to the East Bay, kicking and screaming I quickly came to be one of its biggest proponents …. or so I thought.

Melissa Davis, owner of Ruby Press PR, has me beat. Not only is she a long time resident of Oakland (since 2003) she even moved the headquarters of her business to a historic building in downtown Oakland. Her roots run deep on this side of the bay and it’s one of the reasons she is upping the ante by publishing a book all about Oakland aptly named This is Oakland…..


A photo-driven guide book to the city that explores all the wonderful nooks and crannies of one of the most underrated cities in America. Well actually I take that last part of the sentence back since last year, The New York Times published a list called “The 45 Places to Go in 2012″ and Oakland ranked #5. Did I mention that the city I call home fell nicely between London and Tokyo. And oh Oakland was the highest ranking city in North America: higher than New York City, Los Angeles or San Francisco. Booyah!

Enough with the bragging but in This is Oakland, Melissa explores all the wonderful businesses and people who make Oakland so special and unique. With stunning photography by Kristen Loken, you get the sense of life and vitality of a city that at one time was on the brink…..



But all this awesomeness comes at a price. To help fund the publishing of the book, Melissa has started a Kickstarter campaign. During this time of giving, I ask that you look at her video and think about donating to her fund. She has some amazing gifts for those who donate and honestly, many exceed the cost of the donation! So open up your hearts (and your wallets) and help Melissa and myself celebrate the city we both call home!

[photo credit: port of oakland authority//kristen loken]

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