People & Places

Best Place to Bring Leftover Celery

Up in the hills of Berkeley, you will find a place with cows, sheep,...

Best Place to Feel Like You’re Five Again

Lake Merritt's Children's Fairyland is the original storybook theme park — the first one...

Best New Law

On June 2, tiny Emeryville did a very big thing by raising its minimum...

Best Place to Drop Off the Kids

Are your teens just hanging around the house, staring at their devices? Are you...

Best New Civic Group

In the world of Oakland politics, there is no shortage of grassroots groups making...

Best Activist Campaign

The uprising of Black Americans and their allies that exploded into the national consciousness,...

Best lawyers defending a post office from privatization

When the US Postal Service announced in June 2012 that it hoped to sell...

Best Girl Scouts Alternative

Selling cookies and learning to quilt is cool and all, but for modern day...

Best Place to Get Radicalized

An explicitly anti-capitalist community center, Omni is a collective composed of other collectives. Its members include food justice group Phat Beets; Sudo Room, a community-driven hacker space; La Commune, a worker-owned cafe and bookstore; Bay Area Public School, an organization that offers tuition-free liberal arts classes, and many other social justice-oriented organizations. Omni's calendar is packed to the brim with free events, such as yoga classes, literature seminars, coding workshops, and D.I.Y. printmaking sessions. The organization relied on a crowdfunding campaign to open its multifaceted space, and now its members want to buy the building and the land beneath it to make sure they can stay in the area long-term. They need to raise nearly $2 million within the next year. If you want them to stick around, you might want to consider donating.

Best DIY Science Group

Artists and entrepreneurs throughout the East Bay have grown increasingly fond of applying the...

Most Inspiring Environmental Orator

Pennie Opal Plant, who was born in Richmond and claims ancestors from several Native...

Best Architectural Site

Located just outside Mountain View Cemetery on Piedmont Avenue, Chapel of the Chimes is...

Best Vision of Development that Preserves Diversity

This 110-page report released last year provides data, history, and personal stories to explain...

Best Use of an Abandoned Building

In August 2012, activists broke into the abandoned Carnegie Library building at 1449 Miller...
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