.Best Of People & Places

Jul 22, 2015

Best lawyers defending a post office from privatization

When the US Postal Service announced in June 2012 that it hoped to sell Berkeley's historic downtown post office building and relocate operations, the city cried foul. Represented exclusively by the Richard Blum-led commercial real estate broker CBRE, the USPS has been selling public properties around the nation, despite...
Jul 22, 2015

Most Inspiring Environmental Orator

Pennie Opal Plant, who was born in Richmond and claims ancestors from several Native American tribes, owns the Gathering Tribes shop on Solano Avenue in Albany. She got involved several years ago with environmental-justice struggles in Bay...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Architectural Site

Located just outside Mountain View Cemetery on Piedmont Avenue, Chapel of the Chimes is a beautiful, labyrinthine structure originally constructed in 1909 and redesigned by pioneering Bay Area architect Julia Morgan in 1929. Floor-to-ceiling cinerary urns look...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Vision of Development that Preserves Diversity

This 110-page report released last year provides data, history, and personal stories to explain the ways in which development has led to the displacement of working-class people of color in Bay Area cities. The report also outlines...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Use of an Abandoned Building

In August 2012, activists broke into the abandoned Carnegie Library building at 1449 Miller Avenue in Oakland's Oak Tree Neighborhood. The three-story Spanish revival-style edifice had been used as a schoolhouse for the Emiliano Zapata Street Academy...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Twitter Hashtag for Oakland Politics

One of the greatest shows on earth happens live every two weeks in Oakland City Hall. Hopefully you've been tuning in: meetings of the Oakland City Council, starring shady lobbyists, glad-handing contractors, self-promoting nonprofit execs, greedy developers,...
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...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Political Race Heading into 2016

Very few political races can hope to muster three Democrats with a more experienced resume than the trio that will likely face off in the 2016 June primary for the State Senate's Ninth District. Start with former...
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