It turns out Oakland airport has a form to fill in if you want flight schedule information. I haven't tried it yet, so I'm not sure if they'll respond to casual interest, but it's nice to know they're accessible.
They also have an interesting PDF talking about how to interpret the data. Heathrow had nothing of the sort when I worked with their schedules at my last job. It was more a combination of hearsay, logic and rules of thumb to predict gate assignment there. Good stuff.