Best Of People & Places

Smartest Politician

It seems like Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has been battling anti-growth activists in the...

Best Youth Training Program

In February, President Barack Obama launched "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative aimed at empowering...

Smartest Environmentalist

Big Oil and Gas spend massive amounts of money each year on lobbying and...

Best Berkeley Walking Tour

Longtime Berkeley residents may think they know all about the city's radical past, but...

Most Progressive Oakland Mayoral Candidate

In a liberal town like Oakland, it's a safe bet that several mayoral candidates...

Most Impressive Record for a New Police Chief

When Oakland Mayor Jean Quan appointed Sean Whent to be the city's interim police...

Most Effective Activist Coalition

Earlier this year, a coalition of labor and activist groups came together to form...

Best Local Hero

In an area where local, organically grown food seems to be the province of...

Best Place to Geek Out Over Beers

There's a lot you can do over beers, but most people's lists probably don't...

Best Charity

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” Stephen King once said, and anyone who has...

Best Place to Brush Up on Local History

Probably one of the more underused resources in the East Bay (except by academics...

Top Cop Who Most Gets It

In many cities across America — including Oakland — there is a deep-seated distrust...

Best Beard

In some circles, Max Ogden is kind of famous. After skipping college, the young...

Most Unexpected Patch of Greenery

There are many lovely urban parks in the East Bay, but some of our...
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