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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nicole A. West
Oakland North
Qeyno co-founder Kalimah Priforce describes the purpose of the "rite of passage" ceremony at the end of the My Brother's Keeper Hackathon.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 415, meet 628: New S.F. area code debuts Saturday // SF Gate

"Eight-million phone numbers aren’t enough. San Francisco wants more, more, more. And so the once-mighty 415 area code, which six decades ago stretched from the middle of California to the Oregon border, has suffered the final blow. It’s been sliced and diced and — beginning Saturday at a minute after midnight — it will be overlaid.

"The 415 area code, which still covers San Francisco and parts of Marin and San Mateo counties, is being joined by the 628. The new number will be overlaid into the existing 415 geographical area, which means next-door neighbors will soon have different area codes."

Ellen Pao Lays Out Case Against Kleiner Perkins in Silicon Valley Gender Bias Trial // Wired

"Ellen Pao’s attorney says she’s not that different from the many men who’ve served as partners at the prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: She has a background in science, an engineering degree from Princeton, and a business degree from Harvard.

"And yet, says her attorney, Alan Exelrod, Kleiner didn’t treat her like her male counterparts. 'Kleiner Perkins used Ellen Pao’s talents for six years,' Exelrod said during the arguments in Pao’s high-profile discrimination suit against her former employer. 'When it came time to choose the next generation of leaders at Kleiner Perkins, Kleiner only chose men.' "

Healing Oakland's Youth Workers (Community Voices) // Oakland Local

"The comforting smell of burning copal and sage filled every inch of a sixth-floor office space as the soft sounds of West African drumming resonated throughout the room. These elements created a spiritual mood upon which an afternoon of learning, reflection and healing would be built.

"A group of Oakland youth organizers, direct service workers and teachers gathered on Jan. 23 for the launch of the Healing the Healers Project, designed to give support to youth workers so that they can, in turn, better support Oakland youth who are in crisis or who have been exposed to trauma."

This Game-Changing Vegan Butcher Shop Is Run by Ex-Cult Members // Munchies 

"If you think about it, butcher shops can be pretty gruesome affairs. Assorted animal carcasses hang in the window while gleeful humans in blood-soaked aprons hack away at their mutilated bodies. (Cue the chorus of bacon fanatics screaming “Yum, get me some!”) But there’s a new butcher shop coming to Berkeley that aims to radically change, or at least slightly alter, the traditional perception of butchery.

"Named The Butcher’s Son, the shop is planning to open this spring on the heavily-trafficked Solano Avenue area of the bougie California college town. It will be one of the nation’s first all-vegan butcheries. (There’s already one in Louisville, Kentucky and another pop-up in Minneapolis. I know, life is crazy.) But the one in Berkeley is more than just a place to stock up on beef-less beefaroni—it’s also a family affair."

Oakland hackathon seeks to develop local talent // Oakland North

"This weekend, 10 teams of young people—predominately African American and Latino students between the ages of 7 and 20—worked alongside designers and developers in Oakland to build innovative apps and websites to “hack” their communities.

"Organized by Qeyno Labs, the My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon is related to a call-to-action initiative from the White House to improve the life outcome of young men of color. Last September, President Obama asked communities around the United States to accept the challenge to 'implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people.' "