.Best Of People & Places

Jul 22, 2015

Best Police Watchdog

Finnell was a police officer in Indianapolis, Indiana for 23 years before retiring last year. He served a brief stint in Chicago investigating allegations of police misconduct before applying to lead Oakland's Citizen Police Review Board (CPRB). He moved here earlier this year to take over the role of...
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...
Jul 22, 2015

Best Girl Scouts Alternative

Selling cookies and learning to quilt is cool and all, but for modern day Bay Area youth, that kind of life training just isn't going to cut it. Oakland-based educators Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Holinquest know that,...
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