Since it’s inception in 2007, the Oakland Indie Awards has recognized over 100 local businesses and artists for their contribution to Oakland’s unique culture and prosperity. This year, I had the privilege to judge the finalists and choose the winners for each category: Oakland Soul, Ripple Effect, Innovative Newcomer, Greenie, Social Changemaker, Pillar, and Job Creator.
It was extremely difficult and required much debate, but in the end it was fun. All the winners deserve their recognition, and Mari and I can’t wait to celebrate this evening. If you’re looking for something fun to do in the Bay Area tonight, join us at 300 Lakeside Dr. Oakland, CA at the Kaiser Center Roof Garden from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. We’ll be at the bar, so come say hi!