.Best Of People & Places

Jul 22, 2015

Best Tenants Rights Organizers

Just a few months ago, the City of Oakland was poised to sell a one-acre parcel of city-owned land near Lake Merritt for $5.1 million, with no strings attached, to a developer planning to build a luxury apartment tower. Then a coalition of scrappy neighbors and affordable housing activists...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Place to Try Out A Pet for a Week

Nestled in a residential neighborhood in the Hayward hills, this nature center has an animal lending library on the weekends. On a first-come, first serve basis, you can borrow mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats as pets....
Jul 22, 2015

Best Place to Bring Leftover Celery

Up in the hills of Berkeley, you will find a place with cows, sheep, rams, giant pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and more. Called the Little Farm, it's located in Tilden Park, and you can bring celery...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Place to Feel Like You’re Five Again

Lake Merritt's Children's Fairyland is the original storybook theme park — the first one in the country — geared toward the seven-and-under crowd. Walt Disney toured the theme park back in the early Fifties, and it inspired...
Jul 22, 2015

Best New Law

On June 2, tiny Emeryville did a very big thing by raising its minimum wage for all workers to $16 by 2019. Emeryville's minimum wage law is the most ambitious and equitable of any municipal minimum wage...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Place to Drop Off the Kids

Are your teens just hanging around the house, staring at their devices? Are you starting to wonder if they have any "real" friends, and if Sweet_Thang on Instagram is really a ninety-year-old woman in Kalamazoo? It's time...
Jul 22, 2015

Best New Civic Group

In the world of Oakland politics, there is no shortage of grassroots groups making a fuss about social and environmental issues at City Hall. As a result, it can often be challenging to cut through the noise....
Jul 22, 2015

Best Activist Campaign

The uprising of Black Americans and their allies that exploded into the national consciousness, and hit the streets and social media after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman in 2013, is the most important US...
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