.Best Of People & Places

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 Oakland Assemblymember Sandré Swanson. After he was termed out in 2012, he...
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...
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...
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